Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, September 25, 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, Uncle Carm/Backdown/Black N Beauty.
Monmouth: Race 6, exacta box, A Story of Revenge/Madame Defarge/Hot Summer.

Belmont: Gallant Bloom G2 $150K

Qualia...Last was an aberration - look for a rebound.
Rapport...Solid win at Saratoga last time.
Sara Louise...She could be best - but hard to rate higher off of the long layoff.
Lovely Lil.

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

Monmouth: Garden State $100K

Astrology...Asmussen trainee won convincingly with one under his belt. Looks capable for this assignment.
Curlinello...Gutsy win in Saratoga debut - could be any kind.
Sweet Ducky...Debut was solid - fourth in stakes follow-up but should benefit from that experience and move back to a fast track.
Printing Press.

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

Philly: Turf Amazon Hcp $200K

West Ocean...Bona fide turf sprinter has missed the exacta only once in ten lifetime starts.
Rose Catherine...Barnmate to top pick is on a three-race win-streak.
Dubai Majesty.

Wager: $4 exacta key West Ocean over next two.

Philly: Pa Derby G2 $1mil

Exhi...Has yet top win on dirt - but has run well. Should be prominently placed throughout.
A Little Warm...Expect a rebound off of the G1 Travers dud.
First Dude...Eligible for NW1 - but has been one of the most consistent A-level 3YOs this year.
Afleet Again.
Wager: $5 WP on Exhi.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Delaware: Kent G3 $250K

Workin for Hops...Has won the last couple where he wasn't facing division leader Paddy o'Prado.
They Call Me Giant...Seems in good form now.
Interactif...Solid turf record.

Wager: $5 WP on Workin for Hops.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Louisiana: Super Derby G2 $500K

Hurricane Ike...Came off of a layoff last time - should be tighter for this.
Golden Moka...Could be any kind.
Distorted Economy.

Wager: $5 WP on Hurricane Ike.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$2 exacta key Hurricane Ike over next two.

Fairplex: Pomona Derby $50K

Bench the Judge...Just missed in prep for this and should be tighter today.
Gallant Gent...Could prove interesting with the move to conventional dirt.
Twenty Hawks...Might be the one to catch.
Wager: $5 WP on Bench the Judge.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$2 exacta key Bench the Judge over next 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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