Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, January 25, 2003
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes

Final tally and comments upsoming...

Turf wagers are turf only

Aqueduct: Paumonok

Crossing Point 4-5
Say Florida Sandy 3-1
Tom's Thunder 4-1

Wager: $5 WP on Crossing Point.
Collected $15.00 on the WP (3.70, 2.30).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-3.
...$2 exacta key Crossing Point over next three.
Collected $9.20 on the ex key ($9.20/$2).
...$1 tri box top four.
Collected $7.50 on the tri box ($15.00/$2).

Crossing Point...A couple of others also show some early speed but feel that this guy will take these gate to wire.
Tom's Thunder...Claimed two back and new trainer is having a solid meet -- including stakes win with this one last time. Has handled a route-to-sprint move before.
Say Florida Sandy... 9YO is looking to break $2 mil barrier and has plenty of back class. Might better this rating.

Sunshine Millions

Gulfstream: Sun Mil F/M Sprint

Madame Pietra 6-5
Shameful 10-1
Chispiski 10-1

Wager: $5 WP on Madame Pietra.
Collected $18.50 on the WP (4.40, 3.00).
...$3 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-3.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 1-3-4-5.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-3-4-5.

Madame Pietra...Not thrilled with the post but this one seems to have come into her own with two decisive sprint wins in the fall.
Chispiski...Missed the exacta only once in 12 tries last year. Tough customer for the home team.
Fly Me Crazy...Seldom puts in a poor effort.
Wish It Were.

Santa Anita: Sun Mil Turf

Adminniestrator 9-1
Music's Storm 8-1
Forbidden Apple 5-2

Wager: $5 WP on Turkish Prize.
Ran 8th at 13-1.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 5-8.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 3-4-5-8.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 3-4-5-8.

Turkish Prize...Plenty of run to the first turn in which to overcome outside post. Have the feeling this one might be nicely primed to surprise.
Miesque's Approval...Mott/Bailey turfer clearly loves the trip -- question mark is the SoCal setting.
Special Matter...Might get overlooked due to propensity recently for marathon events but has won at this trip before and is 2-2 over the track.
Forbidden Apple.

Gulfstream: Sun Mil Classic

Best of the Rest 7-2
Booklet 6-1
Grey Memo 15-1

Wager: $5 WP on The Judge Sez Who.
Ran 4th at 5-1.
...$3 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-4.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 1-4-8-12.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-4-8-12.

The Judge Sez Who...Have had these top two flip-flopped the wrong way last two times -- let's see if we can catch this one. Nice G3 win last time might signal a big year ahead for the Judge.
Best of the Rest...Had some trouble when second to top pick last time but not sure it was enough to warrant a change in order.
Continental Red...Capped last fall's return to dirt with win in GS Challenge Classic last time. Going well.
Saint Marden.

Santa Anita: Sun Mil Oaks

Atlantic Ocean 5-2
Ivanavinalot 7-5
Humorous Lady 13-1

Wager: $5 WP on Atlantic Ocean.
Collected $28.00 on the WP (7.80, 3.40).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Collected $23.00 on the ex box ($23.00/$2).
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $11.50 on the ex box.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-2-8-10.

Atlantic Ocean...Slight nod given due to experience over the surface.
Ivanavinalot...Likely fave has won for fun in all starts except for one with trouble at the gate. Certainly deserves respect but has some question marks as all races so far have been at Calder. Tested today across the country.
Pocketfullofpesos...Gotta wonder how Baffert/Pegram will feel if this filly scores today. Has gone well since claimed from those connections for $40K two back. That includes a stakes win last time at this track and trip.
Long Term Wish.

Gulfstream: Sun Mil Dash

Valid Video 5-2
Excessivepleasure 4-5
Supah Blitz 3-1

Wager: $5 WP on Excessivepleasure.
Collected $6.50 on the WP (xxx, 2.60).
...$3 exacta box top two.
Ran 2-3.
...$3 exacta Excessivepleasure over Supah Blitz.
Ran 2/3.
...$2 tri key Excessivepleasure over next three.
Ran 2/1-3-5.
...$1 tri box top four.
Collected $15.60 on the tri box ($31.20/$2).

Excessivepleasure...Has been very impressive so far in short two race career.
Supah Blitz...Seldom misses a check.
Lex Luthier...Have to wonder if the nice Beyer bump last time was a signal of things to come.
Valid Video.

Santa Anita: Sun Mil Sprint

Captain Squire 7-2
Men's Exclusive 14-1
FJ's Pace 9-1

Wager: $5 WP on Giovannetti.
Ran a dismal 10th at 7-2.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 4-10.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 2-4-7-10.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 2-4-7-10.

Giovannetti...Brings a solid four race streak into this -- including a stakes win this track and trip three back.
Echo Eddie...Won a minor stake last time off a layoff. Entry-mate is no slouch either.
Ride And Shine...Should be rolling late.
Men's Exclusive.

Gulfstream: Sun Mil F/M Turf

Stay Forever 7-2
Cellars Shiraz 2-1
Maliziosa 6-1

Wager: $5 WP on Cellars Shiraz.
Collected $9.00 on the WP (xxx, 3.60).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Collected $29.00 on the ex box ($29.00/$2).
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $14.50 on the ex box.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-2-5-8.

Cellars Shiraz...Can't fault the excellent $500K, seven win season last year. Likes the track and the trip.
Stay Forever...Gorgeous 7-5-1-1 record for this Wolfson turfer. Trouble when third last time -- should go better today.
Lush Soldier...Has added value to some stakes triples since last summer.
Serene In Seattle.

Santa Anita: Sun Mil Distaff

Smok'n Frolic 9-5
Cee's Elegance 4-1
Smart Lacy 37-1

Erica's Smile scratched.

Wager: $5 WP on Svea Dahl.
Ran 4th at 5-2.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $12.00 on the ex box ($24.00/$2).
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-2-4.

Svea Dahl...Really seems to have come to life from last summer, through the fall and on to nice stake win on 12/29 at Laurel. Has put in a couple of wroks over the track and should be ready.
Erica's Smile...Speedball could surprise if able to gain an easy lead.
Cee's Elegance...Usually in the hunt at this trip.
Smok'n Frolic.

Tampa Bay: Manatee

Romancin Dixie 57-1
Four Plus Four 6-1
Belle Artiste 2-1

Little won scratched.

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

Belle Artiste...Third to Dat You Miz Blue and Xtra Heat two back. Might have a slight class edge here.
Smoke Chaser...Solid since last spring. Won stake here on 1/4.
Abundantly Blessed...Second to the very nice Chispiski last time.
Little Won.

Tampa Bay: Super

Above the Wind 36-1
Attack the Books 9-1
DH - Sea of Tranquility 4-5
DH - Dr Thunder 15-1

Wager: $5 WP on Sea of Tranquility.
Ran 3rd.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 3-10.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 2-3-6-10.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 2-3-6-10.

Sea of Tranquility...Have always likec this hard-knocker. Has been facing better and should be able to boss these if able to overcome outside post.
Chow Down...Expect a nice closing punch -- and perhaps some value too.
Freeze Alert...Brings a six race streak into this -- the last two over this track.
Attack The Books.

Fair Grounds: Lecomte

Saintly Look 4-1
Call Me Lefty 12-1
Winning Fans 108-1

Wager: $5 WP on Lone Star Sky.
Ran a very disappointing 7th at 4-1.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 7-10.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 1-7-10-11.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-7-10-11.

Lone Star Sky...Only real blemish on this one's record is the dismal BC Juv performance, but BC often brings out the worst in runners. We'll forgive that one and expect a return to good form today.
Most Feared...Here's one that rebounded last time with an improved performace after the BC Juv. Should go well again -- this field might be slightly easier than that G2 last out.
Leo's Last Hurrahy...Voted Texas 2YO champ -- gets tested today in first trip outside of the Lone Star state.
Saintly Look.

Turfway: Forego

Private Horde 7-2
Still Be Smokin' 15-1
Gallatin Kid 7-1

Ultimate Warrior/Alydetta were an entry.

Wager: $5 WP on Ultimate Warrior.
Ran 6th at 6-5.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 3-5/6.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 3-5/6-8.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 3-5/6-8.

Ultimate Warrior...Speedball was slid wiring a stakes field here on New Year's Day.
Gallatin Kid...Second to top pick last time.
Slider...Right behind top two in that 1/1 stake.

Santa Anita: Santa Monica H'cp

Affluent 5-2
Sightseek 3-5
Secret of Mecca 31-1

Wager: $5 WP on Sightseek.
Collected $6.00 on the WP (xxx, 2.40).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 2-4.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $6.30 on the ex box ($12.60/$2).
...$1 tri key Sightseek over next three.
Ran 2/1-4-7.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-2-4-7.

Sightseek...Budding star for Frankel. Bailey rides.
Whoopddoo...Workaday alw-type for Baffert fired a triple-digit Beyer last time. Could be a sign of good things.
Affluent...After a couple of clunkers last fall we'll watch one before jumping on the bandwagon -- but this one is clearly capable of bettering this rating on best effort.
Live Free Or Die.

Santa Anita: Exceller

Entry - Alyzig 7-2
Entry - Night Life 7-2
February Storm 12-1

Wager: $5 WP on Decarchy.
Ran 4th at 3-5.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 1/2-4.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 1/2-4-5-7.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1/2-4-5-7.

Decarchy...Frankel runner makes third start off of layoff and could be primed for a big effort.
Night Life...Prepped for this with a nice win over track and at the trip last time.
Master Belt...Throw out last and look for better today.

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


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