Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, January 15, 2011
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

Turf selections/wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Aqueduct: Race 3, exacta box, Flashpoint/Simba's Story/Shoutout.
Gulfstream: Race 2, exacta box, Too Wild for Words-Successful Score/Zigaree/D'Hidalgo.
Gulfstream: Race 3, WP, Making Tracks.
Gulfstream: Race 3, exacta box, Stratford Hill/Making Tracks/Bandon Dunes.
Gulfstream: Race 10, WPS, Annawon.
Gulfstream: Race 10, exacta box, Santa/Gathering Cloud/Photo Shoot/Annawon.
Tampa: Race 1, exacta box, Rome Home/Like Mama Like Mia/Firelane.
Tampa: Race 7, exacta, Devilish Lady over Royale Harbor.
Tampa: Race 7, exacta box, Devilish Lady/Royale Harbor

Aqueduct: Evening Attire $65K

Arson Squad...Look for a rebound from the narrow defeat at 4-5 last time.
Alma d'Oro...Big win in a minor stake in only try over the track.
Heart Butte.

Wager: $5 exacta key Arson Squad over next two.

Gulfstream: Mr Prospector G3 $100K

Big Drama...Likely Eclipse winner makes first start since G1 BC Sprint win but working well for return.
Custom for Carlos...Defending champ in this race - but has been off since April.
Our Edge.

Wager: $5 exacta key Big Drama over next two.

Gulfstream: Sugar Swirl G3 $100K

Jessica Is Back...Tossed a BC dud and off since - but has some back class and has run well in this track.
Tar Heel Mom...In front late and just caught in this race last year.
Moontune Missy...Lightly-raced 5YO is capable on her best effort.
Hilda's Passion.

Wager: $5 WP on Jessica Is Back.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Laurel: What A Summer $75K

Sweet Goodbye...A minor upsetter in this race last year might be set-up to do it again - but will need to be fit off of the layoff.
Aspenglow...Likely favorite coming out of some big wins - but was beaten in this race last year with a somehwat similar lead-up.
Wind Caper...NY-shipper should contend.
Fascinatin' Rhythm.

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

Tampa: Gasparilla $75K

Devilsh Lady...Hard to ignore the convincing win in prep for this.
Royale Harbor...Nice improvement to win second career start and nice 1/9 work.
Fashionable Elsa...Has shown some good tries on the east coast of the state.
My Pal Chrisy.

Wager: $5 WP on Devilish Lady.
...$5 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Tampa: Pasco $75K

Read the Contract...Connections can get these 2YO sales products ready to go at Saratoga - and we liked this one on Aug 8. Bled and fizzled that day but the follow-up proved the 9.4 auction work was no fluke.
Manicero...On a 3-race win-streak including a prep win for this.
Depeche Cat...Good debut win on closing day at Churchill. Runner-up has since won a stake. Dangerous.
Bert B Don.

Wager: $5 WP on Read the Contract.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Golden Gate: California Derby $100K

Dancing At Dark...Up from SoCal for Sadler off of two good wins.
Positive Response...The one to catch.
Grand Maneuver...Typically in the hunt.

Wager: $5 WP on Dancing At Dark.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Santa Anita: Sham G3 $100K

Tapizar...Figured it out on closing day at Churchill.
Clubhouse Ride...Dangerous as the only one in her with stakes experience.
Uncle Sam.

Wager: $5 exacta key Tapizar over next two.

Santa Anita: Santa Ynez G2 $150K

Zazu...Might appreciate the cutback.
Warren's Flyer...Ran best Beyer yet when tried on this surface.
Star Presence...Another that showed an affinity for the new dirt.
California Nectar.

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

Santa Anita: San Fernando G2 $150K

Sidney's Candy...Looks like the speed once again.
Indian Firewater...Second to the top pick last time.
Victory With Honor...Could be very interesting stretching off of the two sprint wins.

Wager: $5 WP on Sidney's Candy.
...$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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