Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, October 16, 2010
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

Turf selections/wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Keeneland: Races 1/2, doubles, R1/R Vicarious Girl/Bum Bum... R2/Nina Fever.

Keeneland: Race 4, exacta box, She's Salty Too/Dear Grace/Satan's Plume.
Keeneland: Race 6, exacta box, Mason Dixon Line/Packard/Holiday for Kitten, sub Cane Garden Bay if scratch.
Keeneland: Race 10, exacta box, Perjury/Sporting Holiday/Caseros.

Belmont: Athenia G3 $100K

Darjeeling...Seems to perhaps be on the improve in three 2010 starts.
Strike the Bell...Has a good closing kick.
Miss Catalyst...Will contend if able to rebound to 2009 form in second start back.
Giant Mover.

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

Monmouth: Eillo $75K

Unwritten...Might take them all the way.
Todd Got Even...Will be rolling late if the pace collapses.
Joey P...A Jersey stalwart. Has been off since May - but brings in a bullet work.
Written in Stone.

Wager: $5 WP on Unwritten.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key Unwritten over next three.
...$1 tri key Todd Got Even over other three.

Keeneland: QEII G1 $400K

Zagora...Euro imports always seem to be tough in these first-off-the-plane events.
Evening Jewel...Hard to fault the lifetime record.
Snow Top Mountain...Stuck in bridesmaid mode - but hasn't missed an exacta yet.
Perfect Shirl.
Check the Label.

Wager: $5 WP on Zagora.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four, sub next if scratch.
...$1 tri box top four, sub next if scratch.

Calder: My Dear Girl $350K

Blue Eyed Sweetie...Has two-turn stakes winning experience. Might be the one to catch.
Awesome Feather...Can't fault the undefeated record. Stretches to two turns for the first time.
Beso Grande...Behind top pick in last two.

Wager: $5 WP on Blue Eyed Sweetie.
...$4 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri key Blue Eyed Sweetie over next three.
...$1 tri key Awesome Feather over other three.
...$1 tri box top four.

Calder: Spend a Buck Hcp G3 $100K

El Kingdom...Has won three of last five - but worth noting that the wins were all off-the-turfers. Hmm.
Mad Flatter...Interesting speedster goes synthetics-to-dirt.
Riversrunrylee...Another with plenty of early foot.
Mambo Meister.

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

Calder: Calder Derby $75K

Bim Bam...Should appreciate the return to turf and picks up Coa in the saddle.
Fly by Phil...Could improve in second start off of the layoff.
Tannersville...Might be better on turf.

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

Calder: In Reality $350K

Gourmet Dinner...Undefeated in three starts and there aren't any others jumping off of the page.
Vee's Accolade...Still a maiden but has already shown talent at this level.
Little Drama...Well beaten by the top pick tow back but suspect he'll run better than that today.
Red Hills.

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

Oak Tree/HOL: Oak Tree Derby G2 $150K

Blue Panis...Ships in off of a decent season in Europe.
Royal F J...Always in the hunt.
Kid Edward...Lightly raced but has shown potential.

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

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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