Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, October 23, 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 1, exacta box, Tomorrows Wildcat/Value Added Tax/Brahman.
Keeneland: Race 9, Much Rejoicing.
Keeneland: Race 9, exacta box, Much Rejoicing/Kitty in a Tizzy/Katy Now.
Delaware: Race 8, exacta box, Moreluckthansense-Heritage Bay/Five Star Plus/Pico Mon.
Calder: Race 2, exacta box, Starship Spirit/Mae Ruler.
Oak Tree/HOL: Race 3, exacta key, Alcindor over Private Bounty/Pleasant Earth.

Belmont: Hudson $125K

Endless Circle...Has won six of last eight. Likes this track.
Be Bullish...Just behind the top pick last time.
Driven By Success...Back against state-breds after trying G1 company last time.
General Maximus.

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

Belmont: Maid of the Mist $100K

Saltamontes...Undefeated in two starts including a stakes win last time.
Lady Vi...Also a stakes winner in her second career start.
Sentimental Lass...Big win in maiden-breaker.
Queen's Harbor.

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

Belmont: Mohawk $125K

Straight Story...Perhaps over-matched in the G1 last time - but won a similar stake two back.
Johannesburg Smile...Went well in turf debut.
Pocket Cowboys...Typically in the hunt.
Pretty Boy Freud/Uncle T Seven.

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

Belmont: Sleepy Hollow $100K

Never Right Joey...Pletcher 2YO won a stake at Saratoga.
Bandbox...Solid open company stakes win last time.
Hysterical Cat...Stakes-placed last two.
Crea's Law.

Wager: $5 WP on Never Right Joey.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Belmont: Iroquois $125K

Sapphire Sky...Look for improvement in second off the layoff.
R Betty Graybull...Won a similar stake last time - beating the top pick.
Meese Rocks...Hard-knocker hits the exacta more often than not.
Mother Russia.

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

Belmont: Empire Classic $200K

Wishful Tomcat...Could prove dangerous on the front end.
Manteca...Faded last time but might be better stalking today.
Icabad Crane...Moves turf to dirt.
Giant Moon.

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

Monmouth: Seton Hall Univ $70K

Sweet Ducky...Benefitted last time from stakes experience. Could continue.
Curlinello...Just behind the top pick last time.
Printing Press.

Wager: $5 WP on Sweet Ducky.
...$4 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri Sweet Ducky over next two.

Keeneland: Raven Run G2 $250K

Much Rejoicing...We'll take a shot on this gal on her lifetime best performance in her lone try on this track.
Kitty in a Tizzy...Seemed to appreciate the synthetic surface north of the border.
Katy Now...Pletcher filly is another that has performed well on this surface in the past.

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

Delaware: Sweet and Sassy $125K

Love That Dance...Seems in good form and looks well-spotted here.
Mindy Sue...Has run well on this track.

Wager: $5 WP on Love That Dance.
...$4 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri Love That Dance over next two.

Oak Tree/Hollywood: Jack Goodman $55K

Awesome Patriot...Baffert trainee looked good in debut win and could be ready for this assignment.
Road Ready...Stakes-placed - but it was a restricted event at FPX. Bullet work for this attracts attention however.
Winning Desire.

Wager: $5 WP on Awesome Patriot.
...$4 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri Awesome Patriot 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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