Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, May 15, 2010
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

Turf selections/wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Belmont: race 5, exacta box, Secret Bigs/Ready for Ryan/Too Tough Jake... Ran 3-6-9.
Pimlico: Race 12, WPS, Aikenite... Ran 10th at 30-1.
Pimlico: Race 13, Firefighter... Ran 3rd at 2-1.
Pimlico: Race 13, exacta box, Firefighter/Lacrosse Moon/A Fleet Spirit... Ran 3-4-scr.
Churchill: Race 6, exacta box, Global Gala/God's Blessing/High Quality... Ran WON-3-scr.

A = top selection
B = second selection
C = third selection
D = fourth selection
Ab [or Bc, etc]... Move-up top pick [or second pick, etc] after scratches
x = not among our selections

Pimlico: Chick Lang G3 $100K

RESULTS: C-B-A [xxx, xxx, 2.40], ex $25.00/42, tri $50.20/$2

Quiet Invader...SoCal invaders have been having success east of the Mississippi this season.
Latigo Shore...Flopped in first start vs winners but expect better today.
Comedero...Five-time stakes winner.
Gary D.

Wager: $5 WP on Quiet Invader.
...$3 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key Quiet Invader over next three.

Pimlico: Schaefer G3 $100K

RESULTS: A-x-x [4.40, 3.40, 2.60].
Indian Dance, I Know Why scratched.

Blame...A clear edge on this bunch if ready -- but that's a big "if" after almost five months.
Indian Dance...Lightly-raced 4YO is capable with a big effort.
Flying Private...Beyers moving in the right direction.
I Know Why.

Wager: $5 WP on Blame.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Pimlico: Gallorette Hcp G3 $100K

RESULTS: A-B-x [3.80, 2.80, 2.40], ex $25.60/$2

Rainbow View...Euro-transplant looked good winning 2010 debut.
Quiet Meadow...Capable if ready.
Denomination...Like the top pick this one started in Europe and is coming off of a good seasonal debut.
Blind Date.

Wager: $5 WP on Rainbow View.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Pimlico: Md Sprint Hcp G3 $100K

RESULTS: x-x-C Snapshot...Nice work in prep for this and could be primed to run big.
Half Metal Jacket...Gets tested here but could fit.
Ravalo...Won this race last year coming out of a losing effort in the same KEE stake as this time around.
Malibu Kid.

Wager: $5 WP on Snapshot.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Pimlico: Dixie G2 $200K

RESULTS: x-A-C [xxx, 5.60, 4.00]

Just as Well...Just missed in this race last year and G3 at KEE might have him set for today.
Picou...Will be tough if able to repeat the TAM effort. Should be rolling late.
Rahystrada...Has won five of last eight dating back to last summer.

Wager: $5 WP on Just as Well.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Pimlico: Preakness G1 $1mil


Aikenite...It's like this -- you either believe in the two logical choices - Super Saver and Lookin At Lucky - or you look just beyond them and can make a case for every other horse in the field. We'll roll the dice with this one -- a horse we've been following for awhile. Looked good in the stretch in the G3 Derby Trial and we'll hope that indicated he's coming into top form. But this race looks like kind of a crapshoot -- unless you are on the side of the two choices.
Lookin At Lucky...The G1 Ky Derby favorite had all kinds of trouble. While most in this field have no more than two wins, this guy has won six times in nine starts - including a near-miss in the G1 BC Juvie. It's just going to be interesting to see what he does if he manages a trouble-free trip. [It will also be interesting to see what happens if he and Dublin - with his former jock Gomez onboard - should manage to find themselves next to each other at some point!]
Super Saver...Could be rounding into peak form at the right time.

Wager: $5 WPS on Aikenite.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Belmont: Shuvee Hcp G2 $150K

RESULTS: x-A-B [xxx, 2.40, 2.10].

Seattle Smooth...Won this race last year -- but has been off for the last eleven months. Looks to have an edge on these however.
Milwaukee Appeal...Off since November. Capable if ready.
Solo Piano.

Wager: $2 exacta box top two.
...$2 exacta key Seattle Smooth over next two.

Churchill: Matt Winn $100K

RESULTS: C-D-B-A ex $16.00/$2, tri $40.00/$2, super $74.20/$2

Vow to Wager...Could be interesting on the cutback.
Privilaged...Clearly the B-team of the barn's 3YO stakes runners -- but they've done well in this age division in 2010.
Thiskyhasnolimit...Stakes winner at 2. Could be tough if able to return with added maturity.
Cool Bullet.

Wager: $5 WP on Vow to Wager.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key Vow to Wager over next three.

Hollywood: Murray Hcp G2 $150K


Stalingrad...Might be able to steal this on the front end. Skellytown and Acclamation look like possible early opponents but if neither of them goes it could be lights-out.
Rendezvous...Nice run at the trip on the main track at SA last time.
Falcon Rock...Should be heard from in the lane.
Unusual Suspect.

Wager: $5 WP on Stalingrad.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Coast-to-coast Archives...Picks, plays and results from previous weeks


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