Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, June 25, 2011
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

Turf selections/wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Churchill: Race 3... WP, Alexander Thegreat.
Churchill: Race 6... exacta box, Cozy Kitten/Pass the Dice/Seruni.
Churchill: Race 8... exacta box, Truetap/Purely Determined/Ancil/Magical Moment.
Calder: Race 2... exacta box, Angel Dreams/Romantic Frolic.
Calder: Race 4, WP... Ruby Bayou.
Calder: Race 6, exacta box... Feeling Special/Honey Brew/Angel's Girl.
Hollywood: Race 5, exacta box... Warren's Swap Fox/Frequent Fame/Kahlua Mist.
Hollywood: Race 5, exacta key... Kahlua Mist over Warren's Swap Fox/Frequent Fame.

Belmont: New York G2 $150K

Hibaayeb...Good-looking win here in G2 last time. A repeat should be enough.
Zagora...Yet to win in this country but all three tries have been good.
Giants Play...Beyers on the improve since arriving stateside.
Prize Catch.

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

Belmont: Mother Goose G1 $250K

Buster's Ready...Last was best yet Beyer-wise.
Joyful Victory...Troubled trip when beaten fave in G1 Ky Oaks.
Salty Strike...Last two were improved - but, is she better, or just a CD lover?

Wager: $5 WP on Buster's ready.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Monmouth: Boiling Springs G3 $150K

Pontenuovo...Third in a G1 vs the boys in Europe last year. Could prove tough in US debut.
Artisanal...Should stalk and pounce.
War Prospector...Has early speed.

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

Churchill: Debutante G3 $100K

Shocktime...Dominated restricted stakes in Texas - but look capable here.
Culotte...Solid debut win over the track.
Defy Gravity...Figured it out last time.
Five Star Momma.

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

Parx: Levine Mem Hcp $200K

Soaring Empire...A slight class edge here.
Golddigger's Boy...Always fires.
Heritage Hall...Better than latest.
Billy One Lite.

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

Hollywood: Hollywood Oaks G2 $150K

Zazu...Had perhaps a little too much to overcome in G1 Ky Oaks. Less traffic here.
Plum Pretty...The one to beat - but top pick has done that already.
Big Tiz.

Wager: $5 WP on Zazu.
...$5 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top three.

Prairie Meadow: Iowa Oaks G3 $200K

Daisy Devine...Finds a nice spot for return.
Hearts on Fire...Ran well here last time.
Little Miss Holly...Last was good - but could have been aided by off-the-turf move.
All About Allie.

Wager: $5 W on Daisy Devine.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri key Daisy Devine over next three.

Prairie Meadows: Iowa Derby G3 $250K

Astrology...Could have found the spot for a 2011 stakes win.
Prayer for Relief...Baffert's SoCal invader ran lifetime best Beyer in seasonal debut.
Caleb's Posse...Capable on best.
Chosen Miracle.

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

Prairie Meadows: Cornhusker Hcp G3 $300K

Awesome Gem...Best of this bunch if able to string a couple top efforts together.
Stachys... Won the prep for this.
Shadowbdaning...Likes this track and has early foot.
It Happened Again.

Wager: $5 WP on Awesome Gem.
...$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.

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