Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, December 18, 2010
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow


It's been a few weeks since we've really 'knocked one out of the park' - but we managed to put it all together this week to end the year (with the Christmas holiday next week it's unlikely we'll have another edition of C2C before the end of 2010).

Solid numbers in the Best Bets section - and a nice day with the stakes action thanks to a couple of lucrative plays at Fair Grounds.

Turf selections/wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Aqueduct: Race 4, WP Southbeachsandy... Just got up for 2nd at 11-1 [xxx, 7.70, 4.10]
Aqueduct: Race 4, exacta box, Southbeachsandy/Dr Disco/Old Guys Rule... Collected $38.40/$2.
Hollywood: Races 1/2, doubles R1/Zohrah/Mutally Benefit... R2/Warren Wild Thing/Regal Fever/Mikrokosmo.
Ran R1/5-6... R2/WON-3-scr.
Hollywood: Race 6, exacta box Sinai/Arousal... Collected $18.60/$2.
Hollywood: Race 6, exacta box Sinai/Arousal/Mr Commons... Collected $18.60/$2.
Hollywood: Race 9, Industry Leader... Ran 9th at 6-1.

WAGERED: $42.00

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

Aqueduct: Gravesend $65K

RESULTS: Bentry-Bentry-A-C [xxx, xxx, 2.80] ex $12.40/$2, tri $64.00/$2

Endless Circle...Back on track last time after dud two back.
Driven by Success/Calibrachoa...Both halves look capable on best efforts.
Ju Jitsu Jax...Solid stakes performer for Lake.
Jack on the Rocks.

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

Turfway: Prairie Bayou $50K

RESULTS: x-B-A [xxx, xxx, 3.20]
Plutonium scratched.

Ordination...Should be able to stalk and pounce. Won only previous synthetic attempt.
Stately Victor...Flopped in G1 company last time - but two most recent synthetic tries have been good.
Plutonium...Could be the one to catch but will have to work to get there from the outside post.
Wealth to Me.

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

Calder: McKnight Hcp G2 $150K

Off the turf.
RESULTS: A-x-x [4.00, 2.60, 2.10]
Telling, Rescue Squad scratched.

Prince Will I Am...Back on turf which might well be his preferred surface.
Simmard...Probably better than his last two. Could be rounding into form.
Telling...Has been facing top company.
Rescue Squad.

Wager: $5 WP on Prince Will I Am.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Fair Grounds: Esplanade $60K

RESULTS: C-x-B... "A" ran 4th of 4 at 2-5.

Lady Alexander...Speedy sort that knows how to win.
Kimbo...Could be heard from late.
Wildcat Heiress...Another with early foot.
Wager: $2 exacta box top two.
...$5 exacta key Lady Alexander over next two.

Fair Grounds: Letellier Mem $60K

RESULTS: A-D-B [4.80, 2.80, 2.10] ex $24.00/$2, tri $50.80/$2

Fastation...Asmussen trainee has yet to miss the exacta.
Street Storm...Solid win in first dirt try.
Unbridled Praise...Lightly-raced stakes-winner has shown some talent.
Fiscal Policy.

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

Fair Grounds: Tenacious Hcp $60K

RESULTS: D-A-C [xxx, 5.80, 3.40] ex $120.00/$2, tri $712.60/$2

Z Humor...Might take them all the way.
Mad Flatter...Flopped in G1 company but should fit with these.
Dubious Miss...Capable on best - but faltered in this race last year.
Country Flavor.

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

Fair Grounds: Bonapaw $60K

RESULTS: Centry-Centry-B-D-A ex $47.60/$2, tri $821.00/$2, super $2603.80/$2

Central City...Stakes-winning turf sprinter.
Backtalk...Hasn't quite lived up to promise shown as a 2YO - but could prove tough if he takes to the grass.
Due Date/Early Return...Due Date's proven on turf.

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

Fair Grounds: Sugar Bowl $60K

RESULTS: Bd-Ab-x [xxx, 2.20, xxx] ex $7.20/$2. No tri.
Cheyann Belief, Gonna Tell Mama scratched. Only four ran.

Cheyann Belief...Undefeated and ready for this assignment.
Joe Hollywood...Solid maiden-breaker on this track.
Gonna Tell Mama...Impressive wire job at Churchill - might better this rating.

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

Hollywood: Hollywood Futurity G1 $750K

RESULTS: x-D-x "A" ran 9th at 6-1.

Industry Leader...Seems interesting stretching off of the two sprints.
Gourmet Dinner...Solid in Florida and convincing in the rich La stakes.
High Level Jeff...Nice work in prep for this.
JPs Gusto.

Wager: $5 WP on Industry Leader.
...$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.

Coast-to-coast Archives...Picks, plays and results from previous weeks


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