Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, February 14, 2004
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes

We cashed tickets in seven of the ten races Saturday. Unfortunately there wasn't a whole lot of value so we just managed to eek out the narrowest of profits.

Two winners on top in those ten events (Laurel, $4.20; Gulfstream, $3.60). We were unlucky to miss another winner as Evening Attire took the worst of a bumping incident in the Campbell at Laurel and was probably the best there. However, the major disappointment of the afternoon came at Gulfstream in the Hutcheson. We went five deep with our picks -- but our plays only included the top four, unless there was a scratch. There wasn't -- but ours came in. Unfortunately that fifth pick ran second, bookended by our others in the 1-3-4 spots, completing a $79.00/$2 exacta, $574.80/$2, and a $2060.80/$2 super. Oh well, maybe next time. However, as far as superfectas go, it's worth noting that our top four combined for the $453.20 super in the Sensational Star at Santa Anita.

Our streak of positive results continues...

WAGERED: $464.00
COLLECTED: $465.50

Turf wagers are turf only

Aqueduct: Dearly Precious $75K

Among My Souvenirs 5-2
Bohemian Lady 4-5
Baldomera 5-1

Wager: $5 WP on Bohemian Lady.
Collected $5.75 on the WP (xxx, 2.30).
...$4 exacta box top two.
Collected $28.00 on the ex box ($14.00/$2).
...$2 tri box top three.
Collected $30.40 on the tri box ($30.40/$2).
...$1 tri box top four.
Collected $15.40 on the tri box.

Bohemian Lady...Has done everything right in first two starts for Pletcher -- two wins on this track at this trip. Looks ready for leap to stakes competition.
Among My Souvenirs...Anthony Dutrow filly is also undefeated in two tries -- including a Laurel stake in latest.
Baldomera...Has the most experience in the field and is coming off of a nice stakes win right here on 1/4.
Pro Occident.

Laurel: J Campbell BC H'cp $150K

Ole Faunty 5-1
Evening Attire 2-5
Rogue Agent 5-1

Rogue Agent was DQ'd from 2nd for interfering with Evening Attire in the stretch.

Wager: $5 WP on Evening Attire.
Collected $5.25 on the WP (xxx, 2.10).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Collected $23.60 on the ex box ($23.60/$2).
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $11.80 on the ex box.
...$1 tri box top four.
Collected $38.90 on the tri box ($77.80/$2).

Evening Attire...Nosed in G3 stake at Aqueduct but was flattered when winner was second last week in the Donn.
Ole Faunty...Walden trainee was impressive in first try over the Laurel strip.
Your Bluffing...And speaking of horses-for-courses this guy is 6-6 here including his last three starts.
Rogue Agent.

Laurel: Barbara Fritchie H'cp G2 $200K

Bear Fan 1-1
Gazillion 3-1
Bronze Abe 9-2

Bamba scratched.

Wager: $5 WP on Bear Fan.
Collected $17.00 on the WP (4.20, 2.60).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-3.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $6.80 on the ex box ($13.60/$2).
...$1 tri box top four.
Collected $19.10 on the tri box ($38.20/$2).

Bear Fan...Lightly raced 5YO ships in from SoCal and might have a slight edge on these.
Bronze Abe...Trainer Delp having a good meet -- which includes a stakes win with this one last month.
Bamba...Just beaten by Bronze Abe in latest.

Gulfstream: Old Hat $100K

Madcap Escapade 4-5
Sweet Vision 6-1
Smokey Glacken 3-1

Wager: $5 WP on Madcap Escapade.
Collected $17.50 on the WP (3.60, 3.40).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-9.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $8.10 on the ex box ($16.20/$2).
...$1 tri box top four.
Collected $26.70 on the tri box ($53.40/$2).

Madcap Escapade...A gorgeous ten-length win in debut. Don't usually like maiden winners stepping into stakes -- but that facile win was over this track and at this trip, so why not a repeat?
Ready and Tough...Put together a nice string in Ky last fall. Anxious to see how she does when reunited with a "fast" track.
Smokey Glacken...Talented as a 2YO but trainer off to a cool start at meet and we'll want to see how she matured.
Sweet Vision.

Gulfstream: Hutcheson G2 $150K

Limehouse 4-1
Deputy Storm 8-1
Saratoga County 13-1

Wynn Dot Comma completed the $2060.80/42 super.

Wager: $5 WP on Harbour Gate.
Ran 8th at 9-1.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 3-8.
...$1 exacta box top four, sub next if scratch.
Ran 1-3-4-8. (fifth pick completed the $79.00/$2 exacta)
...$1 tri box top four, sub next if scratch.
Ran 1-3-4-8. (fifth pick completed the $574.80/$2 tri)

Harbour Gate...Broke maiden nicely this track and trip last time. Might catch some value before this one becomes a known item.
Saratoga County...Has yet to have a trouble-free trip.
Limehouse...Pletcher is OK off the layoff -- and this one should appreciate return to sprint.
Wynn Dot Comma.
Deputy Storm.

Gulfstream: Fountain of Youth G2 $250K

Wager: $5 WP on Silver Wagon.
Ran 3rd at 5-1.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 3-5.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $6.80 on the ex box ($13.60/$2).
...$1 tri box top four.
Collected $17.10 on the tri box ($34.20/$2).

Silver Wagon...Let's see if this one is ready to roll making third start off layoff. Ran erratically in the lane last time -- adds blinkers today.
Sir Oscar...Hard to fault the 6-6 record.
Read the Footnotes...NY-bred ended 2YO season with two quality graded stakes wins.
Second of June.

Fair Grounds: Silverbulletday G2 $150K

Shadow Cast 5-2
Quick Temper 4-1
Sister Swank 5-1

Wager: $5 WP on Josie G.
Ran 4th at 3-1.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-4.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $20.20 on the ex box ($40.40/$2).
...$2 tri key Josie G over next three.
Ran 4/1-2-5.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-2-4-5.

Josie G...Third start off layoff. Ran big last time to be second in stake behind the promising Lotta Kim. That was first two-turn try so the experience should help.
Shadow Cast...Farish/Howard filly is clearly going to compete at this level.
Movant...Speed was playing well Friday at Fair Grounds so this Amoss trainee might be tough to catch.
Quick Temper.

Oaklawn: Pippin $50K

Drexel Monorail 9-2
There Runs Hattie 11-1
Due to Win 7-1

Small Promises scratched.

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

Reason to Talk...Comes into this is fairly sharp form. Ran third in minor stake last time despite slow start.
Small Promises...Ran second in a G3 at Gulfstream at this time last year so should certainly fit with these.
Sue's Good News...Horse for the course should appreciate the drop out of graded company.
Due to Win.

Santa Anita: Sensational Star H'cp $100K

McCann's Mojave 10-1
Lennyfromalibu 4-5
Hemet Thought 9-2

Spinelessjellyfish ran 4th and completed the $453.20/$2 super.

Wager: $5 WP on Lennyfromalibu.
Collected $7.50 on the WP (xxx, 3.00).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 2-4.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $34.60 on the ex box ($69.20/$2).
...$1 tri box top four.
Collected $125.00 on the tri box ($250.00/$2).

Lennyfromalibu...Has five tries over this track at this distance with three wins and a near-miss third. Repeat of last two efforts should get the job done.
Spinelessjellyfish...A head behind top pick in latest but earned a lifetime best Beyer there -- can the 8YO put two big ones together? Won this race last year.
Hemet Thought...Has the right style for the course.
McCann's Mojave.

Santa Anita: La Canada G2 $200K

Cat Fighter 3-1
Fencelineneighbor 8-1
Tangle 9-1

Wager: $5 WP on Victory Encounter.
Ran 8th at 9-5.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 4-8.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 1-3-4-8.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-3-4-8.

Victory Encounter...8-6-1-1 lifetime and comes into this off of a win in G2 stake here on 1/18.
Valentine Dancer...In good form. Turf-to-dirt.
Baffert entry...Cat Fighter preferred off of third in El Encino -- but Atlantic Ocean is eligible to wake-up.

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


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