Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, April 16, 2011
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

Turf selections/wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Aqueduct: Races 9/10, doubles... R9/Spacy Tracy... R10/Akira/Dita/Chalk Player.
Aqueduct: Race 10, exacta box... Akira/Dita/Chalk Player.
Gulfstream: Races 1/2, doubles... R1/African Gold... R2/Fairview Heights/Crushing.
Gulfstream: Race 7, exacta box... Easy Over/Icy Strait/Above the Fray.
Tampa: Race 4, exacta box... Urban Tiger/Avalon Cat/NY Stylin.
Oaklawn: Race 11, WP Brethren.
Oaklawn: Race 12, exacta box... Frosty General/Where's Winston/General Partner.

Aqueduct: Distaff Hcp G2 $150K

Spacy Tracy...Didn't take to Oaklawn. Expect a rebound to prior form with return to NY.
Nicole H...Clearly the one to beat if she fires her best shot.

Wager: $5 WP on Spacy Tracy.
...$5 exacta box top two.

Oaklawn: Instant Racing $100K

May Day Rose...SoCal invader might take them all the way.
Hearts on Fire...Has a win on the track.
Tapit Dancer...Let's see if she perhaps didn't like Fair Grounds.
Dixie City.

Wager: $5 WP on May Day Rose.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Oaklawn: Northern Spur $100K

Albergatti...Asmussen trainee might try to steal it.
The Ole Gen...Lifetime best Beyer was over this track two back.
Derivative...DW Lukas having a good meet and can be sneaky with this kind.

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

Oaklawn: Arkansas Derby G1 $1mil

Brethren...We had him on top in the G3 Tampa Bay Derby and he disappointed - but suspect he might rebound here for Pletcher. Worth noting however: A third-place finish probably gives him enough graded earnings to move on to Kentucky.
Sway Away...Reportedly lost a tooth at the gate prior to G2 Rebel flop. If that's a legit excuse and he rebounds he could prove tough in the lane.
Nehro...Doh! Our G2 La Derby selection just issed at 36-1 that day! The improvement shown that day means he could be any kind today - but he won't be 36-1.
The Factor.
Elite alex.

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

Charles Town: Charles Town Classic G3 $1mil

Tackleberry...Tactical speed should prove useful on this track.
Game on Dude...Controversial winner of Big Cap gets a chance to validate that win.
Inherit the Gold...King of NY this winter - brings in a five-race win-streak.

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

Santa Anita: San Simeon Hcp G3 $100K

Regally Ready...Proven this track and trip.
Supreme Summit...Speedy but untested on turf.
Camp Victory...Seems in good form.

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

Santa Anita: Santa Barbara Hcp G2 $150K

Andina...Shouldf be heard from late.
Cozi Rosie...Another with some closing punch.
Turning Top...Has experience at the trip.
Malibu Pier.

Wager: $5 WP on Andina.
...$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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