Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, November 30, 2002
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes

Our two predictions came true Saturday: The C2C card was full of value and very contentious. The upshot of all that, our picks were hit and miss most of the afternoon, but when they hit the value was enough to put us well over the top!

Only two winners on top in nine races (Aqu, $5.30; Hol, $4.00). Our second picks won another four.

Most of the scores on the day were piddling. Our top three combined for a small exacta and tri in the Remsen. Our first and third choices brought back a decent saver exacta in the Cigar Mile. And our second and third picks also combined for a gimmick at Hollywood.

But when there's value out there to be found all you really need is to hit one or two on the day and ours was the Kentucky Jockey club at Churchill. Our 14-1 top pick was just edged late by our 6-1 second choice. The results was our top two combining for a $188.60/$2 exacta. Our 5-1 third pick followed them under the wire, so our top three picks accounted for the very generous $1029.00/$2 tri.

That was the 'game-breaker' on the day and allowed us to put together a big afternoon that capped off a big, big month of November.

WAGERED: $444.00
COLLECTED: $952.15

Unless otherwise noted, all turf plays are turf only

Aqueduct: Demoiselle

Roar Emotion 5-2
Savedbythelight 8-1
Feisty Step 13-1

Wager: $5 WP on Fircroft.
Ran 5th at 5-2.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 5-9.
...$2 exacta box top three.
Ran 4-5-7-9.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 4-5-7-9.
Fircroft...Inconsistency calls for some faith with two wins and two poor tries in four start. But a closer look show that the duds both featured poor starts and came against the budding star Storm Flag Flying. Comes out of a good winning effort in Miss Grillo on this track at this distance.
Summer Scene...Frankel/Bailey filly broke maiden nicely last time. Tries two-turns but could be this good.
Bonay...Has yet to miss the board in six starts.
Lets Just Do It.

Aqueduct: Remsen

Toccet 8-5
Bham 4-1
Empire Maker 7-5

Wager: $5 WP on Toccet.
Collected $21.75 on the WP (5.30, 3.40).
...$3 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-3.
...$1 tri box top four.
Collected $22.30 on the tri box ($44.60/$2).

Toccet...Only dud was the BC Juv. Won Champagne prior to that and won Laurel Futurity last time. Experience counts.
Empire Maker...Frankel freshman won debut last time and has quite a reputation after only one start -- but going two-turns first time is always a question mark.
Bham...Will try to take them all the way.
Outer Reef.

Aqueduct: Cigar Mile

Congaree 9-2
Aldebaran 4-1
Crafty CT 3-1

Wager: $5 WP on Aldebaran.
Collected $13.25 on the WP (xxx, 5.30).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 2-6.
...$1 exacta top four.
Collected $30.75 on the ex box ($61.50/$2).
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-2-6-7.

Aldebaran...Tough to put this bona fide bridesmaid in top spot -- but the record will offer some value and there's sure to be plenty of speed to shoot at.
Windsor Castle...Might look a cut below these but he's another who should get a good set-up for a late move.
Congaree...Working gangbusters and should appreciate return to dirt. It will all come down to what happens in that first quarter mile. Speed duel or someone gets free. We'll see.
Red Bullet.

Calder: Mecke

Millenium Storm 18-1
Our Finale 5-1
Kick In 7-1

Wager: $5 WP on Super Frolic.
Ran 6th at 2-1.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 6-11.
...$1 exacta top four.
Ran 6-9-10-11.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 6-9-10-11.

Super Frolic...Wolfson youngster was 3-3 to begin career then was perhaps a bit over-matched in G3 at Keeneland. Probably a bit better than these if able to take to turf.
Aventura Place...Mott runner be ready to show stuff and offer some value here.
Magic Mecke...Very solid winning first turf effort. Will compete if able to improve at all off of that win.

Calder: Hollywood Wildcat

Sweettrickydancer 4-1
Askforaraise 4-1
Running Debate 14-1

Wager: $5 WP on Silvery Pet.
Ran 5th at 5-1.
...$4 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-5.
...$1 exacta top four, sub next if scratch.
Ran 1-4-5-10.
...$1 tri box top four, sub next if scratch.
Ran 1-4-5-10.

Silvery Pet...Let's see if pilot change can bring about a clean trip. If so she'll be tough.
Sweettrickydancer...3-2-1-0 on turf, including two wins at the trip.
UK Trick...Will compete with these if Texas form transfers to Sunshine state.
Crimson And Roses.
Hurry Home.

Churchill: Golden Rod

My Boston Gal 1-2
Holiday Lady 14-1
My Trusty Cat 19-1

Wager: $5 WP on Belle Of Perintown.
Ran 5th at 4-1.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-5.
...$1 exacta top four.
Ran 1-3-5-6.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-3-5-6.

Belle Of Perintown...Comes out of nice stakes win here at beginning of month. Capable of repeating.
My Boston Gal...2-2, including solid win here last time. Trainer Nafzger winning at a phenomenal 38% clip.
Star Of Atticus...Just caught last time by top pick.
My Trusty Cat.

Churchill: Kentucky Jockey Club

Soto 6-1
Ten Cents A Shine 14-1
Most Feared 5-1

Wager: $5 WP on Ten Cents A Shine.
Collected $30.50 on the WP (xxx, 12.20).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Collected $188.60 on the ex box ($188.60/$2).
...$1 exacta top four.
Collected $94.30 on the ex box.
...$1 tri box top four.
Collected $514.50 on the tri box ($1029.00/$2).

Ten Cents A Shine...Just going for a value play here with many makes stakes debut and trying trip for first time. This guy had a solid debut and 2YO's often make a nice Beyer jump second start out of the box -- if he's able to he'll be right there.
Soto...2-2 and both were by daylight. Time off is a question mark though.
Most Feared...A little dull in BC Juv but came into that race on a three race streak.
Midway Road.

Hollywood: Generous

Peace Rules 5-2
Lismore Knight 7-2
Outta Here 28-1

Wager: $5 WP on Man Among Men.
Ran 4th at 2-1.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-4.
...$1 exacta top four, sub next if scratch.
Collected $18.70 on the ex box ($37.40/$2).
...$1 tri box top four, sub next if scratch.
Ran 1-2-4-8.

Man Among Men...Won a stake at this trip last time. Right back.
Frankel entry...Peace Rules was just behind top pick last time. Will try to take them gate to wire. Bis Repetitas had good summer in Europe, faltered in first US try. Should do better this time.
Lismore Knight...Pletcher 2YO won a G2 in Canada at this trip two back. Beaten fave at Keeneland last time but should rebound.
Victory Song.

Hollywood: Citation

Good Journey 1-1
Seinne 15-1
White Heart 9-1

Wager: $5 WP on Good Journey.
Collected $17.50 on the WP (4.00, 3.00).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-4.
...$1 exacta top four.
Ran 1-4-5-7.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-4-5-7.

Good Journey...3-3 at Hollywood. 2-2 at the trip. A solid season including close-up finish last time in BC Mile.
Decarchy...Frankel turfer hasn't run a bad one in two years -- but off since April and that's a concern.
Kachamandi...Expect this one to be rolling late.

Coast-to-coast Archives...Picks, plays and results from previous weeks

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