Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, January 11, 2003
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes

The handicapping was actually pretty solid with four winners on top in seven races (Aqueduct, 6.00; Tampa, 9.20; Turfway, 8.60; Santa Anita, 3.80). But we depicted the card as somewhat lackluster and that's how it played out overall.

It was just one of those days, we collected something on six of the seven events -- but just not in a way that sent the bankroll over the top. For instance, while we did manage one tri on the afternoon, we had three of the top four in three other contests without hitting the gimmick. At Turfway we grabbed a decent 3-1 winner on top but missed on $6 worth of exactas when our second pick missed the place spot by a head. You just have to take solace in the fact that the handicapping was solid and some flukey results (we couldn't have played the 63-1 Great Lakes Downs shipper that completed the exacta at Tampa) kept the afternoon from turning out much better...

WAGERED: $374.00
COLLECTED: $252.55

Turf wagers are turf only

Aqueduct: Affectionately H'cp

Zonk 2-1
Wishful Splendor 15-1
Kiss a Miss 5-1

Wager: $5 WP on Zonk.
Collected $23.75 on the WP (6.00, 3.50).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-7.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $36.50 on the ex box ($73.00/$2).
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-2-5-7.

Zonk...Came into this race last year in somewhat similar fashion and won. Plenty of speed in here today so that same stalking run used in this event in '02 will be helpful.
With Ability...Probably would rate top pick dropping back to a better distance today -- but there is some speed to contend with. Still, this one might be the class of the speed and will be tough.
Pocus Hocus...More speed. Only loss over the inner track had an excuse. It will all come down to how the first half-mile plays out.
Wishful Splendor.

Gulfstream: Hal's Hope H'cp

Windsor Castle 9-2
Saint Verre 9-1
Najran 5-2

Wager: $5 WP on Hero's Tribute.
Ran 4th at 2-1.
...$3 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-4.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 1-3-4-6.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-3-4-6.

Hero's Tribute...Has looked to be developing into a nice older performer since last summer. Today could be the proof.
Windsor Castle...Dusted in Cigar Mile but two-turn trip might suit better. Coming into this race in better form than last year when he ran third.
Hail The Chief...Likes the track and the trip and we'll look for a rebound with return of Chavez.

Tampa Bay: Sandpiper

Ebony Breeze 7-2
Ozilda's Nancy Lee 63-1
Lavender Lass 15-1

Wager: $5 WP on Ebony Breeze.
Collected $36.50 on the WP (9.20, 5.40).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-5.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 1-4-5-10.
...$1 tri box top three.
Ran 1-4-5.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-4-5-10.

Ebony Breeze...Mott filly seemed to break through after arriving in Florida. Broke maiden last time at Calder by nine.
Just Bill Me...Undefeated in three starts including a minor Calder stake last time.
Holiday Runner...Very promising 2YO filly last summer. Faltered in G1 Spinaway, off since and moved from the DW Lukas barn but might prove a little too classy to keep off the board in here.
Hurry Home.

Fair Grounds: Black Gold H'cp

Prince Alphie7-2
Canaan Land 5-2
Oak Hill 7-1

Wager: $5 WP on Canaan Land.
Collected 9.00 on the WP (xxx, 3.60).
...$5 exacta box top two.
Ran 2-4.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $13.90 on the ex box ($27.80/$2).
...$2 tri box top three.
Ran 1-2-4.
...$1 tri box top four.
Collected $60.60 on the tri box ($121.20/$2).

Canaan Land...Solid 4-2-2-0 record but last, a nice win in turf debut, seems to indicate a particular affinity for the surface.
Zydeco Affair...4-3-1-0 on turf. 3-3 at the distance. That includes a couple of stakes wins. A tough cookie.
Prince Alphie...Another very solid performer who would be no surprise.
Oak Hill.

Turfway: Wishing Well

Honest Deceiver 3-1
Timeless Love 13-1
Colonial Glitter 8-5

Sweetwater Promise scratched.

Wager: $5 WP on Honest Deceiver.
Collected $32.50 on the WP (8.60, 4.40).
...$4 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-3.
...$2 exacta box top three.
Ran 1-3-5.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 1-3-5.
...$1 tri box top three.
Ran 1-3-5.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-3-5.

Honest Deceiver...No wins in five tries over the course but last might have set her up for this.
Colonial Glitter...On the other hand, this one's single try at Turfway was a resounding stakes win -- could be a horse for the course. We'll see today.
Senorita Ziggy...Seldom gives a poor effort.
Sweetwater Promise.

Santa Anita: San Gorgonia H'cp

Tates Creek 4-5
Megahertz 3-1
Double Cat 25-1

Wager: $5 WP on Tates Creek.
Collected $15.50 on the WP (3.80, 2.40).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-5.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $5.40 on the ex box ($10.80/$2).
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-2-5-6.

Tates Creek...Frankel turfer has been off a couple of months but is too good to ignore.
Magic Mission...Has been consistent since arriving stateside.
Megahertz...Undefeated over the course. Let's forgive the last and look for an improvement.

Santa Anita: San Fernando

Pass Rush 7-2
Tracemark 4-1
Tizbud 3-1

Wager: $5 WP on Century City.
Ran 5th at 6-1.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 2-5.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $18.90 on the ex box ($37.80/$2).
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-2-4-5.

Century City...Promising Euro-import has missed in two turf tries. Switches to dirt and adds blinkers. Works say the surface might suit.
Tracemark...Showed some promise in 3YO stakes early last year. Returned from layoff to just miss last month. Should be nicely prepped for this.
Pass Rush...A decent 2002 on the B-level stakes circuit. Capable of being there with best effort.
Rushin' To Altar.

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