Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, November 6, 2010
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

Turf selections/wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Churchill: Race 4, WP Soldat.
Churchill: Race 9, WPS Aikenite/Hurricane Ike.
Churchill: Race 9, $1 exacta box, Aikenite/Hurricane Ike/Vineyard Haven/Tizway.
Churchill: Race 10, exacta box, Behkabad/Workforce/Debussy.
Churchill: Race 10, exacta box, Behkabad/Workforce.

Churchill: BC Juv Turf G2 $1mil

Soldat...Trouble in latest - expect a rebound to form show in stakes-winning maiden-breaker.
Utley...Strong connections for this Euro-invader.
Pluck...Pletcher won the filly version of this race on Friday with a runner coming out of a nice stakes try in Canada.
Master of Hounds.

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

Churchill: BC Sprint G1 $2mil

Riley Tucker...Working on a horse-for-course angle. This one scored convincingly in the G3 Aristides when last spotted on this oval.
Girolamo...Clearly needed the start in the G1 Forego off the layoff. Improved nicely to win the G1 Vosburgh and is likely still primed and ready for a big effort here.
Big Drama...Has won over half of his lifetime starts -- and 80% of the starts at this distance!
Atta Boy Roy.

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

Churchill: BC Turf Sprint G2 $1mil

Silver Timber...Always like when horses come into races in similar fashion to earlier winning patterns and this one went KEE to win at Churchill in April.
Chamberlain Bridge...Has been a solid hard-knocking turf sprinter this year. Missed work with a bruised foot and that's a concern however.
Central City...Limited turf tries - but they've all been competitive.
Grand Adventure.

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

Churchill: BC Juv G1 $2mil

Jaycito...Four-wide all the way 'round and still won the G1 Norfolk. Should only benefit from that two-turn education.
Uncle Mo...The two NY-based co-faves will take plenty of action - and deservedly so. Hard to fault this guy off of the first two.
Boys at Toscanova...His two starts for Dutrow have been impressive. Off for two months however (although that was by design).
JPs Gusto.

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

Churchill: BC Mile G1 $2mil

Goldikova...Two-time defending champ has put together another stellar campaign in Europe.
Paco Boy...Hard-knocker has finished behind Goldikova three times this year.
Gio Ponti...Eclipse champ has been a little disappointing this year (if a 6-2-3-0 record and $1.5mil can be called disappointing) - but the win at KEE was impressive.
Court Vision.

Wager: $5 WP on Goldikova.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top five.
...$.50 tri box top five.

Churchill: BC Dirt Mile G1 $1mil

Aikenite...We're swingin' for the fences with this 50-1 ML runner! We chased him all year and he always seemed on the verge of turning the corner - but just never got over the hump. Perhaps the near track-record win last time signals that turn. And he has a nice run this track and trip in the G3 Derby Trial earlier this year.
Hurricane Ike...Very impressive winner of the aforementioned G3 Derby Trial. This one stalked the early speed, cut the corner, and got first jump on a late-closing Aikenite. If these two run back to their lone CD efforts this could set up a monster exacta.
Vineyard Haven...Lightly-raced 4YO has only two starts this year - but can be a tiger when he's right.

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

Churchill: BC Turf G1 $3mil

Behkabad...Had some buzz going into the G1 Arc. Was well positioned there turning for home but things quickly bottled up in front of him and he really had nowhere to go in the lane. Wouldn't be shocked to see better today.
Workforce...The Arc winner. Rather impressive - albeit short - resume for this 3YO. 2010 wins include the G1 Epsom Derby and the G1 Arc. Concern is the trepidation of the connections to run on the Churchill turf they feel might be too hard.
Debussy...Already made a winning trip stateside to take the G1 Arlington Million.
Al Khali.

Wager: $2 exacta box top three.
...$5 exacta box top two.

Churchill: BC Classic G1 $5mil

Zenyatta...Nineteen times she's entered the starting gate and nineteen times she's walked into the winner's circle - including a win in this race last year depite the doubters feeling that she was just managing to beat-up on lesser company. But by now we should know - she just gets up regardless of the competition. I'm not going to stand in the way of the best racing story in the past twenty years (or more).
Blame...Pace scenario probably played against him last time. There will be more speed up front today. And, he loves this track.
Lookin At Lucky...Clearly this year's top 3YO. Faces older for the first time but it's hard to believe he won't be heard from in the lane.
Quality Road.

Wager: $5 WP on Zenyatta.
...$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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