Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, November 23, 2002
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes

Well, now we'll have something to be thankful for on Thursday! Four winners on top in seven races (Aqu, 3.10; Hollywood, 3.80, 4.00; Meadowlands, 3.00). They were all short-priced but that could have easily changed if only our pick at Churchill, 23-1 San Dare had gotten up late -- instead of falling less than half a length short in the shadow of the wire. Still, that one offered up a nice place price ($16.40) and combined with our third choice for a $107.40/$2 exacta, with our second pick rounding out the $480.80/$2 tri. Our top three also combined for the cold tri ($19.80/$2) at Aqueduct -- and of course the cold exacta ($7.40/$2). And the top three also brought back a tri ($24.60/$2) at Hollywood.

So it was a pretty good day...It could have been much better though. Coming into the lane at Calder ours were 1-2-3 at 27-1, 9-2, and 7-2. They were still right there at mid-stretch and we were dreaming of the dollar signs for exacta and tri payoffs when Wolfson's horse started to charge on the outside at 11-1. We've been using Wolfson pretty regularly this season and leaving him out Saturday hurt as his went by and ours finished 2-3-4. Doh!

Can't complain though -- it was a good day.

Wagered: $263.00
Collected: $589.60

Unless otherwise noted, all turf plays are turf only

Aqueduct: Red Smith H'cp

Moved to main track
Evening Attire 1-2
Fisher Pond 3-1
Pleasant Breeze 6-1

Dirt wager: $3 exacta box top two.
Collected $11.10 on the ex box ($7.40/$2).

Man From Wicklow...Showed last time that soft turf is not a problem and two back was just behind With Anticipation and Balto Star. Slight nod in a very contentious race.
Quiet Ruler...NY-bred has won two in a row -- both on soft turf and the last at this trip.
Whitmore's Conn...Just behind Quiet Ruler in last.
Dawn Of The Condor.

Wager: $5 WP on Man From Wicklow.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 tri box top four.

On dirt: Evening Attire, Fisher Pond, Pleasant Breeze.

Churchill: Cardinal H'cp

Quick Tip 3-1
San Dare 23-1
Bien Nicole 6-5

Wager: $5 WP on San Dare.
Collected $41.00 on the WP (xxx, $16.40).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 2-3.
...$2 exacta box top three.
Collected $107.40 on the ex box ($107.40/$2).
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $53.70 on the ex box.
...$1 tri box top four.
Collected $240.40 on the tri box ($480.80/$2).

San Dare...Can handle it if it comes up firm or less than firm. Has gone well on the track before. Should offer some value.
Bien Nicole...Hard to ignore off the solid five race win streak.
Quick Tip...Repeat of the nice win at Keeneland last month will put her right there.
Five Fishes.

Calder: Amerilad

Pah 11-1
Military Man 27-1
Class Of Seventy 7-2

Wager: $5 WP on Stormy Roman.
Ran 4th at 9-2.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 3-4.
...$2 exacta box top three.
Ran 3-4-6.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 2-3-4-6.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 2-3-4-6.

Stormy Roman...Been off since mid-August and that's a major concern -- but turf tries have been solid. Tough if ready.
Class Of Seventy...Perhaps a little overmatched last time -- and had some traffic trouble. Should like this company better.
Tammany Star...Another that should go better after facing toughies in Calder Derby last time.
Military Man.

Hollywood: On Trust H'cp

Hot Market 4-5
Grey Memo 2-1
Spinelessjellyfish 7-1

Wager: $5 WP on Hot Market.
Collected $15.50 on the WP (3.80, 2.40).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-3.
...$2 exacta key Hot Market over next three.
Collected $7.60 on the ex key ($7.60/$2).
...$1 tri key Hot Market over next three.
Collected $12.30 on the tri key ($24.60/$2).

Hot Market...Troubled start hurt last time. that was first start after a short rest. Likely to go better and likes the trip.
Spinelessjellyfish...Turfer has done well on dirt and might offer some value.
Grey Memo...Managed a close-up fourth in this event last year.
Bonus Pay Day.

Hollywood: Prevue

Roll Henessy Roll 1-1
Red Apache 5-1
Hell Cat 8-1

Wager: $5 WP on Roll Hennessy Roll.
Collected $17.00 on the WP (4.00, 2.80).
...$15 quinella top two.
Ran 1-7.
...$2 tri key Roll Hennessy Roll over next three.
Collected $69.60 on the tri key ($69.60/$2).

Roll Hennessy Roll...Beat up on some smaller circuit rivals this summer. Got a bad start last time when tested against better at Santa Anita. Adds blinkers and should go well.
Sailinwithcaptain...Baffert/Pegram runner the one to beat coming off two nice wins, albeit against state-breds.
Hell Cat...Inconsistent runner is on the right side of his good-bad-good-bad cycle.
Red Apache.

Hollywood: Turf Cup

Sligo Bay 9-1
Grammarian 14-1
Delta Form 2-1

Wager: $5 WP on Rochester.
Ran 4th at 9-2.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 4-8.
...$2 exacta box top three.
Ran 3-4-8.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 3-4-8-10.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 3-4-8-10.

Rochester...Sheppard/Augustin turfer is putting together a decent season. 5-4-1-0 at the trip.
Special Matter...Brings in a two race streak -- both at this distance.
Delta Form...Close-up third in Turf Classic tabs him as the one to beat.

Meadowlands: NJ Futurity

Kaw Liga Sioux 1-2/entry
Something Smith 1-2/entry
Trueamericanspirit 4-1
Jackson Run 6-1

Wager: $5 WP on Kaw Liga Sioux.
Collected $14.00 on the WP (3.00, 2.60).
...$5 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-3 (ran 4th, 3rd for exacta purposes).
...$3 tri key Kaw Liga Sioux over next three.
No tri offered.

Kaw Liga Sioux...Hard to go beyond if able to duplicate nice Beyer number win last time.
Jackson Run...Quite a ways behind top pick in last but expect better in reunion with jock that was onboard for maiden win.
Freedom's Honor...Might offer some value to the gimmicks.

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