Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, January 24, 2003
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes

Another OK day -- although it was a near-miss on the wagering end of things.

Four winners on top in eleven races (Gulfstream, 2.40, 3.20, 12.00; Santa Anita, 8.20). So we nudged a small profit in that category.

We also managed a mix of a few gimmicks on the day with the highlight being the Sunshine Millions Dash at Santa Anita where our top four picks rounded out the $669.00/$2 superfecta -- as well as the tri and exacta. Our top four were also right there at Oaklawn -- although no super was offered. We did however collect on a nice $178.60/$2 tri at Fairgrounds. Got blanked in a few races where ours were in the hunt in the lane -- otherwise it would have been a much better afternoon.

But, can't complain too much, plenty of action and we were right there when all was said and done.

WAGERED: $480.00
COLLECTED: $444.20

Turf wagers are turf only

Aqueduct: Paumonok H'cp $75K

Peeping Tom 10-1
Don Six 4-1
Super Fuse 9-1

Wager: $5 WP on Crossing Point.
Ran 8th at 11-1.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 8-9.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 4-5-8-9.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 4-5-8-9.

Crossing Point... Won this race last year -- although subsequently DQ'd for a med positive -- and comes in in good form again in 2004.
Sunray Spirit...Took a break after Saratoga, won comebacker convincingly here last month. A bonus if Mig rides -- although he's also named on some in Florida this afternoon.
Way to the Top...Been competing at top level since moving here from SoCal.
Sing Me Back Home.

Gulfstream: Sunshine Million Oaks $250K

Silent Sighs 1-5
Wacky Patty 4-1
Dixie High 8-1

Wager: $10 exacta Silent Sigh over Usual Manner.
Ran 1-4.
...$4 exacta Silent Sigh over Dixie High.
Ran 1-3.
...$4 tri key Silent Sigh over Usual Manner/Dixie High.
Ran 1-3-4.

Silent Sighs...Seemingly lays over this field off of high-Beyer win in Cal-bred stakes last time.
Usual Manner...Will appreciate return to sprint.
Dixie High...Another that should like going back to one-turn -- and leaving G1 competition behind.

Gulfstream: Sunshine Millions Sprint $300K

Shake You Down 3-5
Green Team 6-1
Valid Video 5-2

Wager: $5 exacta Shake You Down over Green Team.
Collected $33.00 on the exacta ($13.20/$2).
...$5 exacta box top two.
Collected $33.00 on the ex box.
...$1 tri key Shake You Down over next three.
Ran 1/2-5-6.

Shake You Down...Hard to fault having held top-form since claim last March. Won G3 at Aqueduct last time convincingly.
Green Team...Hasn't missed an exacta finish in last eight starts.
Thunder Bullet...Trainer is 31% turf-to-dirt.

Gulfstream: Sunshine Millions Distaff $500K

Secret Request 74-1
Smok'n Frolic 4-1
Scapade 11-1

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

House Party...Sprinter might have class-edge that will propel her further in this field. Has G1 win on her resume.
Redoubled Miss...Prefers Calder to this strip but is usually in the hunt.
Scapade...Another that might prefer the other local track -- but is going well since summer.
Royally Chosen.

Gulfstream: Sunshine Millions Turf $500K

Proud Man 5-1
Hear No Evil 22-1
Special Matter 9-1

Wager: $5 WP on Proud Man.
Collected $47.50 on the WP (12.00, 7.00).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-7.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 1-4-7-11.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-4-7-11.

Proud Man...Clement beginning this meet a little cold but this one looks set up nicely after running a decent third in the G3 Appleton despite traffic trouble.
Miesque's Approval...Mott trainee was only a quarter length behind the top pick in the Appleton.
Magic Mecke...On quite a roll since summer including a three-win streak, two of them stakes.
Man From Wicklow.

Santa Anita: Sunshine Millions Dash $250K

Saint Afleet 3-1
Cheiron 11-1
Ice Wynnd Fire 4-5

Don'tsellmeshort ran 4th completing the #669.00/$2 super

Wager: $5 WP on Ice Wynnd Fire.
Ran 3rd.
...$6 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-3.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $34.80 on the ex box ($69.60/$2).
...$1 tri box top four.
Collected $100.20 on the tri box ($200.40/$2).

Ice Wynnd Fire...Bought privately after two Florida starts and shipped to Frankel. First SoCal start was a close-up second to a next-out stakes winner.
Saint Afleet...Out of place in G1 around two turns. This field and trip is more suitable.
Cheiron...Looks to be improving.

Santa Anita: Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Sprint $300K

Mooji Moo 17-1
Bold Roberta 49-1
DH - Bear Fan 3-2
DH - Channing Way 54-1

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

Bear Fan...Lightly raced 5YO obviously has some question marks -- but has seemed ready every time she's raced so far.
Barbara O'Brien...Has had six weeks since firing a lifetime best Beyer. Tough if able to duplicate that effort.
Super High...Only one try at this trip -- but she actually might prefer it. We'll see today.
Madame Pietra.

Santa Anita: Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf $500K

Valentine Dancer 4-1
Moscow Burning 4-1
Bartok's Blithe 61-1

Wager: $5 WP on Lost Appeal.
Ran 5th at 9-1.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 2-5.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $25.00 on the ex box ($50.00/$2).
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-2-4-5.

Lost Appeal...Won almost half her starts last year -- but will need some luck with her come-from-behind style. Should offer some value though.
Moscow Burning...Horse for the course. Comes into this in good form.
Fencelineneighbor...Looks to be improving since move to SoCal.
Valentine Dancer.

Santa Anita: Sunshine Millions Classic $1 Mil

Southern Image 3-1
Excess Summer 7-1
The Judge Sez Who 44-1

Wager: $5 WP on Southern Image.
Collected $32.00 on the WP (8.20, 4.60).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-9.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 1-4-6.9.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-4-6-9.

Southern Image...Could be a budding star. Lightly raced but has done little wrong. Nice win in comeback effort in tough G1 Malibu last time.
Touch the Wire...Put together two 100 Beyers and might be ready to move forward.
Peace Rules...One of last year's top 3YOs. Vulnerable however making first dirt start against older.
Continental Red.

Fair Grounds: Lecomte G3 $100K

Fire Slam 8-5
Shadowland 7-1
Two Down Automatic 7-1

Wager: $5 WP on Polish Rifle.
Ran 5th at 1-1.
...$4 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-5.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $20.40 on the ex box ($40.80/$2).
...$1 tri box top four.
Collected $89.30 on the tri box ($178.60/$2).

Polish Rifle...Got career off to a nice start. Last race was a second in the G3 Laurel Futurity behind the promising Tapit.
Fire Slam...Less than a length from being undefeated.
Shadowland...Team Valor has high hopes for this one -- but we need to see him, and his new trainer, tested before jumping on the bandwagon.
Two Down Automatic.

Oaklawn: Mountain Valley $50K

Pro Prado 2-1
Wildcat Shoes 3-5
Hawkish 17-1

End of an Era ran fourth but no super was offered in this race (triple paid $66.80/$2)

Wager: $5 exacta Wildcat Shoes over Pro Prado.
Ran 2/1.
...$5 exacta box top two.
Collected $29.00 on the ex box ($11.60/$2).
...$2 tri key Wildcat Shoes over next two.
Ran 2/1-3-4.
...$1 tri box top three.
Ran 1-2-4.

Wildcat Shoes...Fair Grounds sprint stake win was too good to ignore.
Pro Prado...Won first two then had trouble when moved into a G3 stake.
End of an Era...Improving and looks ready for this stakes test.

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


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