Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, December 27, 2003
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes

A disappointing end to 2003. As predicted it was an ultra-competitive card -- which means a day like we experienced was possible. Pretty much nada for us. We did have one winner on top in seven races (Fair Grounds, $9.60) -- although it was a move-up top pick after a scratch so we didn't have any wagers onboard. Ugly afternoon. But that just means we can only go up as we begin 2004!

WAGERED: $278.00

Turf wagers are turf only

Aqueduct: Gallant Fox H'cp $75K

Loving 19-1
Nothing Flat 6-1
Fisher Pond 4-1

Wager: $5 WP on Tailfromthecrypt.
Ran 7th at 5-2.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 7-10.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 2-6-7-10.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 2-6-7-10.

Tailfromthecrypt...Likes the track. Making third start off a layoff and looks ready to fire a big one.
Golden Ticket...Looks like there's plenty of speed in here -- but if one of them is going to shake loose it might be this guy.
Nothing Flat...Zito trainee occasionally shows some life and distance might suit today.
Silent Fed.

Calder: La Prevoyante H'cp G2 $200K

Volga 3-1
Lady Annaliese 3-1
Lost Appeal 28-1

Wager: $5 WP on New Economy.
Ran 6th at 7-1.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 6-10 (fell).
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 2-5-6-10.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 2-5-6-10.

New Economy...Ran a decent race in the My Charmer last year then won this race in his next start. Similar setup this year except he won the My Charmer last time.
Spice Island...On the improve and has shown an affinity for the trip.
Sixty Seconds...2-2 since arriving stateside in barn of Clement. Off since G3 stakes win at Saratoga but trainer is OK off the layoff.
Lady Annaliese.

Calder: Stage Door Betty Hc'p $100K

Redoubled Miss 5-2
Grab Bag 4-1
Pampered Princess 35-1

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

Splasha...Loves the track and the trip and should be set up nicely off of an OK third in a sprint last time.
Secret Request...Likes the track and might be rounding to form at two turns. Should be closer early than he was last time.
Redoubled Miss...Another that likes Calder. Comes in off of four straight second-place finishes .
Never Fail.

Calder: WL McKnight H'cp G2 $200K

Balto Star 2-1
Continuously 3-1
Rowans Park 5-1

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

Runaway Dancer...Seems to be improving and has shown a liking for the marathon trips.
Rowans Park...Another showing nice improvement and always like horses coming out of that stake at Churchill -- it seems to always be a tough race sending out good performers.
Thompson Rouge.

Calder: Fred Hooper H'cp G3 $100K

Predawn Raid 15-1
Best of the Rest 5-2
Deeliteful Guy 12-1

Wager: $5 WP on Best of the Rest.
Collected $12.00 on the WP (xxx, 4.80).
...$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.

Best of the Rest...Makes third start off of layoff and looks capable of winning this race -- in which he finished second last year.
Aeneas...Very solid in graded company since summer -- although winless this year.
The Judge Sez Who...Reigning champ in this event might need one more before hitting best form.
Deeliteful Guy.

Fair Grounds: Woodchopper H'cp $75K

Waupaca 7-2
Gentlemen JJ 12-1
Stone Cat 2-1

Certifiably Crazy and National Pride scratchged.

Wager: $5 WP on Certifiably Crazy.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 1-9.
...$1 tri box top four.

Certifiably Crazy...4-1-3-0 on the turf including a decent second in the Calder Derby two back. Expect a solid effort.
Waupaca...If able to get an easy lead he might be tough to run down.
Zydeco Affair...Has only missed the exacta once in eight grass starts.
National Pride.

Santa Anita: La Brea G1 $250K

Island Fashion 9-1
Randaroo 7-1
Buffythecenterfold 8-1

Wager: $5 WP on Gone Exclusive.
Ran 8th at 28-1.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 6-8.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 2-5-6-8.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 2-5-6-8.

Gone Exclusive...Typically wouldn't like a returnee from a long layoff in a tough G1 sprint but this one might be something special. We'll find out today.
Elloluv...Succeeded about this time last year dropping back from a two-turn event to score in a graded sprint on this track.
Acago...Have a inkling this one will take to the dirt OK.

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


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