Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, January 31, 2003
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes

A modest profit on the afternoon. We were washed out of both stakes races at Gulfstream. That left us with one winner on top in six races (Golden Gate, $4.40). However we collected on some decent gimmicks at Aqueduct and Fair Grounds. And the ROI could have increased noticeably if our 22-1 shot had managed to get up for third at Golden Gate -- instead of leaving us hanging with a first, second, and fourth-place finish. Doh!

But, all-in-all and OK day.

WAGERED: $232.00
COLLECTED: $271.40

Turf wagers are turf only

Aqueduct: Correction H'cp $75K

She's Zealous 7-2
Fit Performer 2-1
Balmy 8-1

Wager: $5 WP on Fit Performer.
Collected $8.50 on the WP (xxx, 3.40).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Collected $26.00 on the ex box ($26.00/$2).
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $13.00 on the ex box.
...$1 tri box top four.
Collected $70.00 on the tri box. ($140.00/$2).

Fit Performer...8-3-3-0 since moving into Dutrow barn. Comes out of runaway stakes win here on New Year's Day.
She's Zealous...Uncoupled entrymate of top pick drops ten pounds off of just-miss second last time.
Reine des Neiges...Philly invader is going for a five-race win streak today.

Wager: $5 WP on Fit Performer.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Laurel: Nellie Morse $50K

City Fire 8-1
Sweet Dynamite 5-1
Undercover 9-2

Wager: $5 WP on Database.
Ran 5th at 9-2
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 3-5.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 3-5-6-10.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 3-5-6-10.

Database...Likes the track and closing style should have some pace to shoot at.
Undercover...Might carry speed further making third start off of layoff.
Blue Hills...Likes the track and the trip.
Stronach entry.

Gulfstream: Canadian Turf H'cp G3 $100K

Newfoundland 5-2
Millenium Dragon 2-1
Everything to Gain 10-1

Off turf -- switched to main track.

Millenium Dragon...In good form coming out of nice win in a G3 here last time for the red-hot McLaughlin.
Hard Buck...Undefeated since arriving stateside.
Everything to Gain...Romans is another red-hot conditioner and has this one going well.
French Charmer.

Wager: $5 WP on Database.
...$4 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri key Millenium Dragon over next three.
...$1 tri box top four.

Gulfstream: Suwannee River H'cp G3 $100K

Wishful Splendor 7-1
May Gator 7-5
Mymich 9-2

Off turf -- switched to main track.

Sixty Seconds...Aussie invader reeled off two nice wins including a Saratoga stake after arriving in US. Faltered going marathon last time but should be tighter for this.
Madeira Mist...Almost always gives a good effort.
Something Ventured...Pletcher mare is another that is usually in the hunt.
San Dare.

Wager: $5 WP on Sixty Seconds.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Fair Grounds: FG BC H'cp $125K

Mystery Giver 5-2
Skate Away 5-1
Great Bloom 9-1

Wager: $5 WP on Warleigh.
Ran 6th at 7-5.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 2-6.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $22.10 on the ex box ($44.20/$2).
...$1 tri box top four.
Collected $102.60 on the tri box ($205.20/$2).

Warleigh...Was caught late last time at 8.5F however has done well at nine panels in the past. Taken to rebound.
Skate Away...Beat top pick last time but is 0-2 at the trip.
Mystery Giver... Won this race in '03. Doesn't seem quite as sharp but can't leave out of the mix.
Great Bloom.

Oaklawn: King Cotton $50K

Skeet 1-1
Wacky for Love 10-1
Chindi 5-1

Electrode and Zee Oh Six scratched.

Wager: $5 WP on Saint Waki.
Ran 7th @ 7-1.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 4-7.
...$1 tri box top four.

Saint Waki...Woke up and reeled of three straight in Kentucky. We'll see if the improvement holds.
Electrode...Faltered in Fair Grounds stake last time -- but we'll look for a rebound to prior good form.
Zee Oh Six...Comes out of winning effort in TX stake two weeks ago.
Sally Genius.

Golden Gate: Brown Bess H'cp G3 $100K

Red Rioja 6-5
Hooked On Niners 5-1
AB Noodle 5-1

Wager: $5 WP on Red Rioja.
Collected $18.50 on the WP (4.40, 3.00).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-4.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $10.70 on the ex box ($21.40/$2).
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-2-4-6.

Red Rioja...Two good efforts since arriving stateside sandwich a decent effort in a G1. Fits well with these.
Drew Away...Will be tough late if able to get a good start -- for a change!
Hooked On Niners...All turf starts have been solid so far.
Abbey Bridge.

Santa Anita: San Antonio H'cp G2 $250K

Pleasantly Perfect 9-5
Star Cross 10-1
Fleetstreet Dancer 11-1

Wager: $15 exacta Congaree over Pleasantly Perfect.
Ran 4/1.
...$5 quinella top two.
Ran 1-4.

Congaree...Won this race convincingly last year. Pace scenario should be to his liking in short field.
Pleasantly Perfect...2003 BC Classic winner was third in this event last year. Looks ready to complete the exacta here.

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


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