Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, March 12, 2011
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

Turf selections/wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Gulfstream: Races 1/2, doubles, R1/Nergal/Gimme Credit... R2/Br Alexander.
Gulfstream: Race 7, exacta box, Eastside Train/Ninja Blade/Indigene Charm/Ripples n'Waves.
Gulfstream: Race 8, SHOW... ALL.
Oaklawn: Race 6, exacta box, Road Man/De Thrill/Temple Bar.

Aqueduct: Kings Point $65K

Yawanna Twist...Showed some promise in 3YO open company stakes last year. Comeback win was good.
Inherit the Gold...Has won four of last five including a win in a similar stake last time.
Mine Over Matter...Has been mostly running well in state-bred stakes.
Spa City Fever.

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

Tampa: Hillsborough G3 $150K

Zagora...Group winner in Europe put in a solid effort in US debut last year. Off since but could prove tough if ready for comeback.
Cherokee Queen...Seems in good form off of latest.
Askbut I Won'ttell...Running well last three.

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

Tampa: Suncoast $75K

Royal Delta...Off since the debut win in October - but a repeat might be nough to take this, much less some 2YO-to-3YO improvement.
Miss Smarty Pants...Another coming out of a promising maiden win.
Devilish Lady...Two very solid stakes wins on this track before shipping cross-state last time for fade-job.
Wager: $5 WP on Royal Delta.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Tampa: Tampa Bay Derby G2 $350K

Brethren...Win in the G3 prep for this makes him the one to beat today.
Free Entry...Undefeated in 2011 and stretches today off of two one-turn wins.
Too Experience...Second to top pick last time.

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

Gulfstream: Timely Writer $100K

Uncle Mo...Looks like he need only come with his 'B' game -- but he's not invincible given he's coming off a layoff.
Rattlesnake Bridge...Impressed in debut.
Rocking Out.

Wager: $5 exacta Uncle Mo over Rattlesnake Bridge.
...$2 exacta Uncle Mo over Rocking Out.

Gulfstream: Palm Beach G3 $150K

Pluck...G2 BC Juvie Turf winner is cross-entered elsewhere but should prove tough if able to recapture 2YO form off of the layoff.
Master Dunker...Two nice, imnproving efforts this season.
Queen'splatekitten...Might need to step it up a little but likely to have some upside to work with.
Liberty Cap.

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

Oaklawn: Honeybee G3 $125K

Joyful Victory...Hmm, has the look of one that might come back as an imnproved 3YO.
Summer Soiree...Took a liking to the track last time.
Salty Strike...Up from Gulfstream for McPeek.
Dixie City.

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

Oaklawn: Razorback Hcp G3 $125K

Thiskyhasnolimit...Asmussen ships him in from SoCal. Hmmm.
It Happened Again....Meanwhile this Asmussen trainee has been winning on this track.
Win Willy...Won this race last year (subsequently DQ'd).
Winslow Homer.

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

Santa Anita: Santa Margarita G1 $300K

Switch...Double G1 winner at this meet.
St Trinians...Winner in half of her starts.
Vision in Gold...Brings in a couple of good wins leading into this - including a G2 here last time.
Always a Princess.

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

Santa Anita: San Felipe G2 $250K

Jaycito...We used him on top in the G1 BC Juvie and he flopped. Back on the left coast and might be interesting with some added maturity.
Albergatti...Stretching off of two sprints for Asmussen.
Runflatout...Maiden-breaking debut effort certainly hints at some real talent.
Comma to the Top.

Wager: $5 WP on Jaycito.
...$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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