Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, February 12, 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 9, Wild About Sonny.
Tampa: Race 10, WP on Watch Me Go.
Tampa: Race 10, exacta box, Watch Me Go/Beamer/Monzon/Brethren.
Fair Grounds: Race 3, exacta box, Minepower/Majestic Harbor/Awesome Bet.

Aqueduct: Dearly Precious $65K

Wild About Sonny...Find it interesting that they chose to come north aftet the GP win. Undefeated and could be any kind.
Breathoffreshheir...Jersey invader was impressive winning here last time.
Full Moon Blues...Expect a rebound with the return to a sprint.
Coax Liberty.

Wager: $5 WP on Wild About Sonny.
...$5 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Gulfstream: GP Sprint Championship G2 $150K

Soaring Empire...Has been successful this track and trip.
Tackleberry...In good form right now - but how will he handle the cutback?
Guam Typhoon...Capable on best.
Coffee Boy.

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

Tampa: Sam Davis G3 $225K

Watch Me Go...Crazy things can sometimes happens in these Derby Trail races - so we'll roll the dice here and look for improvement in the stretchout.
Brethren...Half-bro to Derby winner Super Saver goes for the same connections. Dangerous.
Monzon...Looked good winning 3YO debut.

Wager: $5 WP on Watch Me Go.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Tampa: Endeavour G3 $125K

Scolara...Not typically a Mott fan on this track but he's going well this season and this gal has run well here in two tries.
You Go West Girl...NY-bred goes for Proctor, who, as opposed to Mott, we're always interested in on this track.
Silver Reunion...One start in 2010 - a just-miss in a G2 at Saratoga. The layoff is a concern, but could be the one to catch.

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

Golden Gates: El Camino Real Derby G3 $200K

Comma to the Top...Hard to fault since last autumn and has two wins on this track.
Positive Response...Convincing winner of the Cal Derby on this track.
Silver Medallion...Asmussen trainee could prove interesting and we wouldn't argue with anyone tempted to look for an upset with this guy.
Anthony's Cross.

Wager: $5 W on Comma to the Top.
...$4 exacta box top two, sub next if scratch.
...$1 tri box top four, sub next if scratch.

Santa Anita: RB Lewis G2 $250K

Tapizar...Stepped it up to win first start as a 3YO - which was a G3 on this track.
Comma to the Top..Will prove formidable regardless of this spot or Golden Gate.
Anthony's Cross...Lightly-raced and could be on the improve.
Ten Devils.
Riveting Reason.

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

Santa Anita: Santa Maria G2 $150K

St Trinians...Could step to the top of this division this year - but, of course, dirt is a question mark.
Mona de Momma...On the other hand - this gal won a G1 in her only dirt start. Must overcome the layoff however.
Washington Bridge...Brings in a three-race win-streak including a G2 last time.

Wager: $5 W on St Trinians.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$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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