Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, June 12, 2010
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

Turf selections/wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Monmouth: Race 6, The Defense Rests... Ran 3rd at 5-2 [xxx, xxx, 3.00].
Churchill: Race 2, Lighthouse... Ran 2nd at 3-1 [xxx, 3.00, 2.60].
Calder: Race 6, exacta box, Master Argument/Peace Buster/Lesson Learned... Scratched.
Delaware: race 8, exacta, key Latigo Shore over Dontsellmetofelons/In Just We Trust/Not Aborad... Collected $15.00/$2.
Golden Gate: Race 7, Road Ready... Collected [6.80, 4.00, 3.60].
Golden Gate: Race 7, exacta box, Ammunition/Road Ready/River's Chapel... Ran WON-3-5.
Hollywood: Race 2, Grove Park... Collected [6.00, 2.60, 2.20] other half of entry won.
Hollywood: Race 10, Robie the Cat... Scratched.
Hollywood: Race 10, exacta box, Western Mood/Robie the Cat/Lime Rock Revenge... Ran WON-8-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

Belmont: Phipps Hcp G1 $250K

RESULTS: A-B-C... [6.60, 2.70, 2.10] ex $11.40/$2, tri $15.00/$2

Life At Ten...Last few seem to indicate that Pletcher trainee is ready for this assignment.
Unrivaled Belle...The one to beat. Has only missed an exacta once in her career and has never lost on this track.
Funny Moon.

Wager: $5 W on Life At Ten.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key Life At Ten over next two.

Monmouth: Skip Away $100K

RESULTS: A-x-x [4.60, 3.00, 2.10]

Cool Coal Man...Should fit with this bunch. Might be able to stalk Mighty Morris - and pounce.
Bullsbay...Hasn't won since the upset in the G1 Whitney - but should fit with these.
Mighty Morris...Speed in a small field - dangerous.

Wager: $5 W on Cool Coal Man.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key Cool Coal Man over next two.

Monmouth: Monmouth G3 $250K

RESULTS: x-x-x

Pleasant Strike...Trouble last time. Expect better in this third start of the season.
Al Khali...Another that should be better than his latest effort.
Blues Street...And a similar scenario here. A rebound to Fair Grounds form will make him a factor.
Presious Passion.

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

Finger Lakes: Susan B Anthony $50K

Mother Russia scratched.

Sweet Lorena...Has run well in open-company. Faces NY-breds today.
Mother Russia...Will take them as far as she can -- and it might be all the way, but she's coming in off of a layoff.
Motor City Mama...Has won almost one-third of her starts and will be a factor here.
Gold for the Queen.

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

Churchill: Fleur De Lis Hcp G2 $200K


Made For Magic...Ships in from SoCal and might pick up the pieces in the lane.
Rachel Alexandra...She'll be a short-priced fave and clearly would be no surprise in here -- but we'll wait for her to break through this year before jumping back onboard.
Jessica Is Back.

Wager: $5 exacta box top two.

Churchill: Jefferson Cup G3 $100K


Dont Tell Kitten...Lightly-raced and improving. Probably needs to step it up a little to take this but should be rolling late.
Asphalt...Has shown speed -- but came from far back last time. Has finished well with either style.
Guys Reward...Yet another with some closing punch.
Gleam Of Hope.

Wager: $5 WP on Dont Tell Kitten.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Churchill: Northern Dancer G3 $125K


Crider...Asmussen runner might have a slight edge on these.
Prince Will I Am...Showed a little bit of promise running just behind Drosselmeyer in January. Then was perhaps too ambitiously-placed. Might be rounding back to that early form.

Wager: $5 W on Crider.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key Crider over next two.

Churchill: Regret G3 $125K


Queen of the Creek...Very lightly-raced 3YO might still have some nice upside potential to show in this third start of 2010.
Dynazapper...Nice win in a small turf stake here in April.
Snow Top Mountain...Another lightly-raced but improving filly.
It's Tea Time.

Wager: $5 WP on Queen of the Creek.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Churchill: Foster Hcp G1 $600K

RESULTS: A-C-B [9.80, 4.20, 3.00] ex 30.00/$2, tri $129.60/$2

Blame...4YO debut was impressive. Must overcome outside post.
General Quarters...Typically in the hunt.
Battle Plan...Likely the one to catch.
Arson Squad.

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

Delaware: Obeah G3 $150K

RESULTS: A-x-x [6.60, 3.40, 2.80]
Jessica Is Back scratched.

Miss Singhsix...Looks like there will be some speed for her to run down late.
Mindy Sue...Has yet to miss the board. Won a small stake here last time.
Jessica Is Back...Could be the best of the speed.
Miss Match.

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

Hollywood: Californian G2 $150K

RESULTS: A-B-x [2.40, 2.20, 2.10] ex $10.00/$2

Rail Trip...Nice win in a similar stake here last time. Right back.
Sangaree...Second behind top pick last.
Cigar Man...And third behind top two in that race.
One Track Mind.

Wager: $5 WP on Rail Trip.
...$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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