Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, December 7, 2002
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes

It was an afternoon ripe for failure but we still managed a "kiss your sister" type profit. As we said yesterday, the Great State Challenge at Sam Houston attracted a host of shippers which adds enough variables to the mix to make handicapping that much tougher. So we automatically had six races on our card that were tougher than the norm. And while we did manage a couple of OK hits on the Texas event, overall it didn't help our bottom line.

Only four winers on top in fourteen races but the value allowed for a 36% ROI on the WIN end (Aqueduct, $5.90; Calder, $20.00; Sam Houston, $10.00, $2.20). We also tabbed a couple of exactas cold (Aqueduct, $19.00/$2) -- however one of those was the remarkably piddling Take Charge Lady/Mystic Lady gimmick which paid $2.60/$2. Frankly, when you look at the "will pays" and see that, head for the hot dog stand and get a better return on your investment.

We also managed to hit four tri's on the afternoon -- two of those with our top three picks. There were also some other gimmicks among the plays.

Overall it was an OK day but we were a score or two away from a good day.

WAGERED: $610.00
COLLECTED $624.85.

Aqueduct: Queens Cty H'cp

Snake Mountain 9-5
Docent 7-2
Cat's At Home 7-1

My Request scratched.

Wager: $5 WP on Snake Mountain.
Collected $24.25 on the WP (%.90, 3.80).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Collected $19.00 on the ex box ($19.00/$2).
...$2 exacta box top three.
Collected $19.00 on the ex box.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-2-4.

Snake Mountain...J Jerkens trainee seems to be rounding into a nice one. Coming off two wins, the last a G3. Has a win over the inner last winter.
Docent...Faded to third behind top pick two back then followed up with a good win in a $100K stake at Mountaineer.
My Request...Dutrow runner is making third start back from layoff. Turf-to-dirt. Can add some value here.
Pleasant Breeze.

Calder: My Charmer H'cp

Wander Mom 9-1
Strawberry Blonde 5-2
Babae 2-1

Wager: $5 WP on Strawberry Blonde.
Collected $11.00 on the WP (xxx, 4.40).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 2-3.
...$2 tri box top three.
Ran 2-3-7.
...$1 tri box top four.
Collected $156.90 on the tri box ($313.80/$2).

Strawberry Blonde...Just nipped by Babae in Aqueduct G3 last time. We'll stick with her and hope the extra distance is a plus.
Babae...Solid turfer is always in the hunt.
Volga...Another that seldom runs poorly.
Wander Mom.

Calder: Kenny Noe H'cp

Built Up 9-2
Tour of the Cat 1-1
Sea of Tranquility 5-1

Wager: $5 WP on Sea of Tranquility.
Ran 3rd.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 3-6.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $13.60 on the ex box ($27.20/$2).
...$1 tri box top four.
Collected $45.80 on the tri box ($91.60/$2).

Sea of Tranquility...We might get a little bit of a price here and this guy likes the track and trip. Trainer solid in all pertinent stats.
High Ideal...Can't ignore Wolfson. Cutback in distance is a question mark but this one is 2-1-1-0 at the trip and is coming off a nice win.
Tour Of The Cat...Probable fave after nice stakes win here last time. But some concern of a bounce and question about the distance.
Built Up.

Calder: Chaposa Springs H'cp

Chispiski 9-1
Abundantly Blessed 22-1
Away 3-1

Wager: $5 WP on Chispiski.
Collected $73.50 on the WP (20.00, 9.40).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-7.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 1-5-7-8.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-5-7-8.

Chispiski...Has put together a super year. There are some other speed-burners in here and a duel is a concern but we'll give a slight nod to this one.
Interest Only...Shows some nice works at Churchill. Will need best stuff off of three month rest.
Rule Brittania...Iffy selection -- but might offer some value making third start back.
Mimi's Tizzy.

Calder: Tropical Turf H'cp

Krieger 2-1
Stokosky 7-1
Serial Bride 13-1

Band Is Passing scratched.

Wager: $5 WP on Dawn Of The Condor.
Ran 6th at 5-2.
...$3 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 2-6-8.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 2-6-8.

Dawn Of The Condor...Nice win in the G3 Knickerbocker last time could signal good things to come.
Band Is Passing...Home town boy is a handy 9-14 over the course including solid stakes win at the trip last time.
Perfect Soul...Showed some real promise over the summer then over-matched last two. Should prefer this company.

Fair Grounds: Dr AB Leggio H'cp

Leslie's Love 5-1
Lady of Peace 8-1
Presumed Inocent 11-1

Wager: $5 WP on French Riviera.
Ran 4th at 4-5.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 4-6.
...$2 exacta key French Riviera over next two.
Ran 4/3-5-6.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 3-4-5-6.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 3-4-5-6.

French Riviera...Sizzled in last three including a daylight win in a G3 at Keeneland. Only question mark is the turf. If she likes the surface it's light's out.
My Girl Lisa...Riding a three race win streak -- all turf sprints. Should be able to stalk and make presence felt late.
Fuse It...Also should be rolling late.
Presumed Innocent.

Sam Houston: Great State Challenge Juv Filly

Elegant Designer 4-1
Midnight Cry 2-1
Souris 2-1

Wager: $5 WP on Elegant Designer.
Collected $36.50 on the WP (10.00, 4.60).
...$3 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-3.
...$2 tri box top three.
Collected $66.00 on the tri box ($66.00/$2).
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $15.90 on the ex box ($31.80/$2).
...$1 tri box top four.
Collected $33.00 on the tri box.

Elegant Designer...Trainer's winning at 37% clip this year. This one's very solid so far including a nice $150K stake win at the trip in latest.
Souris...Asmussen filly was less than a length back in one-turn mile stake at Churchill last time. Should be right there.
Midnight Cry...McPeek 2YO probably fits with this bunch.
Hannah's Royalrock.

Sam Houston: GSC Juv

Crackup 6-1
Supah Blitz 10-1
Cherokee's Boy 9-2

Wager: $5 WP on Private Gold.
Ran 5th at 7-1.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 5-6.
...$1 exacta box top four, sub next if scratch.
Ran 2-3-5-6.
...$1 tri box top four, sub next if scratch.
Ran 2-3-5-6.

Private Gold...Finished second to Vindication three back. Runner-up last time as fave in Hoosier stake. Can make amends with best effort.
Only The Best...SoCal shipper won an open stake at Santa Anita last time, beating Roll Hennesy Roll.
Cherokee's Boy...Missed board in maiden effort, 5-3-1-1 since. Third behind Toccet in latest.
Supah Blitz.
Hear No Evil.

Sam Houston: GSC Sprint

My Cousin Matt 3-1
Dash For Daylight 5-2
Deer Run 7-2

Wager: $5 WP on Dash For Daylight.
Collected $10.00 on the WP (xxx, 4.00).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 2-3.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $12.90 on the ex box ($25.80/$2).
...$1 tri box top four.
Collected $51.50 on the tri box ($103.00/$2).

Dash For Daylight...Rarely throws in a sub-100 Beyer. Will need the big numbers today but looks capable.
Deer Run...Ran a game second at 16-1 in the G1 DeFrancis last time.
My Cousin Matt...Just miss second with big Beyer in Florida stake last time.
Won CC.

Sam Houston: GSC Distaff

Take Charge Lady 1-9
Mystic Lady 5-2
Coastalota 20-1

Eagle Lake scratched.

Wager: $15 exacta Take Charge Lady over Mystic Lady.
Collected $19.50 on the ex box ($2.60/$2).
...$5 exacta box top two.
Collected $6.50 on the ex box.

Take Charge Lady...The star of the Sam Houston card. Should tower these if able to run anywhere near her usual form.
Mystic Lady...Solid stakes performer is the one to beat.
Eagle Lake.

Sam Houston: GSC Turf

La Reine's Terms 7-1
Mystery Giver 15-1
Forbidden Apple 1-2

Wager: $5 WP on Forbidden Apple.
Ran 3rd.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-3.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 1-3-4-5.
...$2 tri key Forbidden Apple over next three.
Ran 3/1-4-5.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-3-4-5.

Forbidden Apple...Coming out of a long series of G1's and G2's, this millionaire looks best here.
La Reine's Terms...Was undefeated in four starts this year prior to faltering last time. Expect return to good form.
Devine Wind...SoCal speedster might try to steal it on the front end.
Whata Brainstorm.

Sam Houston: GSC Classic

Continental Red 2-1
Pass Rush 5-2
Pickupspeed 14-1

Wager: $5 exacta box top two.
Ran 2-5.

Easyfromthegitgo...Asmussen 3YO is no shoe-in making first try against older but should give a good account of self if able to show best effort.
Pass Rush...Has shown some speed lately and that might be a bonus in the short field.
Continental Red.

Hollywood: VO Underwood

Debonair Joe 52-1
FJ's Pace 3-1
American System 2-1

Wager: $5 WP on American System.
Ran 3rd.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 3-7.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 3-6-7-8.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 3-6-7-8.

American System...Has rounded into form nicely this fall and will be tough to beat if capable of maintaining that level of performance.
Mellow Fellow...Last should set him up well for today.
Ride And Shine...Been going well this fall with only dull effort a troubled trip excuse.
So Urgent.

Golden Gate: Oakland

El Dorado Shooter 8-1
Halo Cat 2-1
Profound Secret 6-1

Wager: $5 WP on Halo Cat.
Collected $10.00 on the WP (xxx, 4.00).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 2-4.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 2-3-4-6.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 2-3-4-6.

Halo Cat...No sense outsmarting ourselves. This guy won similar event here last time so let's not stray.
Radar Contact...Third behind top pick last time. Can do better today.
Profound Secret...Eased at 7-2 in same race as top two. Was going well before that. Expect improvement.
Treasured Note.

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