Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, July 17, 2010
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

Turf selections/wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Calder: Races 1/2, doubles... R1/Cara's Song... R2/See That Devil-Laila's Choice-Proud Trail... Collected $21.80/$2.
Calder: Race 4, exacta box [$1 play if all four go]... Joyous Music/It's a Wild Season/Beso Grande/Miss Maggie Girl... Ran 3-4-6.
Calder: Race 9, WP Mucho Macho Man... Collected [xxx, 7.20, 5.00].
Colonial: Race 3, WP More Than Steady... Ran 3rd at 6-1.
Colonial: Race 13, WP Sky Maggy... Scratched.
Arlington: Race 4, WP Next Kitten... Ran 5th at 2-1.
Hollywood: Race 1, exacta box, My Aunt Fanny/Lucy Got Lucky... Ran WON-4.
Hollywood: Races 1/2, doubles, R1/My Aunt Fanny-Lucy Got Lucky... R2/Faisca... Ran R1/Won-4... R2/3rd.

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: Jaipur G3 $200K

RESULTS: B-D-C ex $45.60/$2, tri $292.00/$2
Formidable lost the rider at the start.

Formidable...His two turf sprints have arguably been his two best efforts.
Stradivinsky...Likely the one to catch - -and that won't be easy.
Dubai Rainbow...Fast - but unproven on turf.
Yield Bogey.

Wager: $5 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key Formidable over next three.
...$1 tri key Stradivinsky over other three.

Monmouth: Klassy Briefcase $100K

RESULTS: A-B-x [3.00, 2.10, 2.10] ex $5.20/$2
Lady Rizzi, Annihilation scratched.

West Ocean...Only missed the exacta once in eight lifetime turf tries.
Candy Cane...SoCal import could prove interesting.
Lady Rizzi...Trained by Rice -- queen of the turf sprints.

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

Monmouth: Serena's Song $100K

RESULTS: Ab-Cd-x [4.80, 2.60, 2.40] ex $11.60/$2
Happy Week scratched.

Happy Week...Should be primed stretching out off of two sprints.
Patriotic Viva...Lightly-raced -- still could have some upside.
Classic Affair...Mate to top pick -- but only one will run. Have to figure they believe in her if connections go in this direction.
CCs Pal.

Wager: $3 exacta box top two, sub next if scratch.
...$1 tri key Happy Week over next three.

Finger Lakes: NY Derby $150K

RESULTS: A-C-B [3.20, 2.10, 2.10] ex $7.60/$2, tri $9.30/$2

Ibboyee...Talented Pletcher runner is a stakes winner vs open company. Beaten fave against NY-breds last time -- look for a rebound.
Johannesburg Smile...Could be the one to catch.
Shrewd One...Has yet to miss the exacta.
Small Town.

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

Delaware: RM Carpenter Jr Mem $100K

RESULTS: x-A-B [xxx, 4.00, 2.80]

Edgewater...Solid win in first try over this track.
Alma D'oro...Also has show an affinity for this surface.

Wager: $4 exacta box top two.

Delaware: Dick Mem Hcp G3 $200K

RESULTS: A-D-x [5.40, 3.80, 2.40] ex $33.00/$2

Treat Gently...Will be tough if able to repeat latest.
Gozzip Girl...Has been shopping for a spot since the trouble in the seasonal debut.
Trensa...Could be primed to go in second start back.
A She's Adorable.

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

Delaware: Delaware Hcp G2 $750K

RESULTS: B-A-C [xxx, 3.20, 2.40] ex $7.50/$2, tri $17.80/$2

Miss Singhsix...Win over the track in prep for this might give her an edge.
Life At Ten...Clearly the one to beat - but this track can prove quirky.
Funny Moon...Has hit the board in eight of ten starts.
Miss Match.

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

Colonial: Kitten's Joy $50K

RESULTS: A-x-x [7.40, 4.60, 3.60]
Forest Attack scratched.

Vanquisher...Scratched from a Monmouth stake last week. Steinbrenner-owned runner might have destiny on his side this week -- but he's more than a sentimental choice -- just missed here last time.
Baltimore Bob...Edged the top pick last time.
Pleasant Strike...Certainly a contender on his best - but tossed a real clunker last time.
Forest Attack.

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

Colonial: Va Oaks G3 $150K

RESULTS: A-D-x [3.20, 2.40, 2.10] ex $25.00/$2

Check The Label...In good form right now.
Martita Sangrita...Should be rolling late.
Midway Holiday...Undefeated on turf.
Kilmore Quay.

Wager: $5 WP on Check The Label.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Colonial: Va Derby G2 $600K

RESULTS: A-C-x [3.20, 2.20, 2.10] ex $9.00/$2

Paddy o'Prado...Can't ignore the convincing win in prep for this.
Two Notch Road...Set the pace and wound up third behind the top pick last time. Speed is always dangerous.
Interactif...Turf is probably his preferred surface.
Stately Victor.

Wager: $5 WP on Paddy o'Prado.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Arlington: Modesty Hcp G3 $150K

RESULTS: A-x-C [3.60, 2.60, 2.10]

Tuscan Evening...She's been ultra-impressive this year. Takes her talent on the road but looks capable.
Rainbow View...She's won half of her turf starts. Re-teams with Leparoux.
Hot Cha Cha.

Wager: $5 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key Tuscan Evening over next two.
...$1 tri key Rainbow View over other three.

Arlington: American Derby G2 $200K

RESULTS: B-D-x ex $64.60/$2

Dream Nettie...Ships in from SoCal and has a nice closing kick.
Workin for Hops...Had some trouble three back otherwise hasn't done much wrong.
Asphalt...In the hunt more often than not.
Mister Marti Gras.

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

Arlington: Arlington Hcp G3 $150K

RESULTS: B-A-x [xxx, 3.60, 2.60] ex $39.00/$2

Just As Well...Not much to brag about in the win-column over the past couple of seasons -- but he's capable if he fires his best shot.
Rahystrada...Should be heard from in the lane.
General Quarters...His most recent grass race indicates he'll contend here.
Giant Oak.

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

Hollywood: A Gleam Hcp G2 $150K

RESULTS: C-A-x [xxx, 2.80, 2.10] ex $79.00/$2

Free Flying Soul...Nice win in SoCal return last time - but the 7F is still a question mark.
Emmy Darling...Back to the synthetics and likes this track.
Sweet August Moon.

Wager: $4 exacta box top two.

Hollywood: Swaps G2 $200K

RESULTS: C-A-x [xxx, 2.10, no show] ex $16.80/$2

Sidney's Candy...Might lead them all the way in this short field.
Alphie's Bet...Will be running late but might find the top pick hard to reel in.

Wager: $4 exacta box top two.

If we are interested in both halves of an entry -- in event of a scratch -- it is noted that way [in other words, both halves are named]. If only one-half of the entry is named, then we prefer that half and will move to our next pick listed [rather than the other half of the entry] in event of a scratch.

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