Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, February 21, 2004
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes

Nuttin'. A slow day by any barometer. One winner on top in eight events (Gulfstream, 3.20). Otherwise a few meager exactas.

WAGERED: $333.00

Turf wagers are turf only

Aqueduct: Best Turn $75K

Redskin Warrior 2-1
Scary Bob 13-1
Matsui 30-1

Wager: $5 W on Smokume.
Ran 4th at 2-1.
...$3 exacta box top two.
Ran 4-5.
...$1 tri key Smokume over next three.
Ran 4/1-5-7.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-4-5-7.

Smokume...Had an excellent 2YO season. Ran a nice fourth in 3YO debut at Gulfstream. This spot should prove easier than that G3 stake. Jock is a negative though.
Abbondanza...Wow, debut was superb. Should make jump into stake if able to repeat that effort -- but we'll have to see today if last was due to the muddy going.
Redskin Warrior...Rounded into very good form at end of last season. Trainer low percentage of the layoff however.
Excellent Band.

Gulfstream: Palm Beach G3 $100K

Kitten's Joy/entry 3-5
Prince Arch 37-1
Pa Pa Da 16-1

Wager: $5 WP on Kitten's Joy.
Collected $14.00 on the WP (3.20, 2.40).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-6.
...$1 exacta box top four, sub next if scratch.
Ran 1-3-5-6.
...$1 triple box top four, sub next if scratch.
Ran 1-3-5-6.

Ramsey entry...Kitten's Joy preferred -- Undefeated since being introduced to turf. Trainer on a tear at the meet. Bailey rides. We also get Master William and having the mad genius Michael Dickinson in our corner can't be bad.
Mustnafar...Speaking of trainers on a tear McLaughlin in scoring at over 50% so far at Gulfstream. Ignore his stock at your own peril.
Pa Pa Da...Two turf tries have been solid, including nice third on this course last time.
West Virginia.

Tampa Bay: Suncoast Stakes $60K

Ender's Sister 9-5
Fall Fashion 8-1
Ladyinareddress 12-1

Wager: $5 WP on Wild Speed.
Ran 8th at 3-1.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-8.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $24.60 on the ex box ($49.20/$2).
...$1 triple box top four.
Ran 1-2-5-8.

Wild Speed...Might get some value here as this guy stretches out after compiling a solid 5-3-2-0 record. Gets the nod by having the hometown jock in the saddle -- maybe that will make the difference when the running begins.
Ender's Sister...Ended last season making successful jump from maiden win to stakes victory. Certainly capable of adding another.
Sisti's Pride...Pletcher filly is graded stakes placed and clearly fits here.
Fall Fashion.

Tampa Bay: Sam F Davis $100K

Kaufy Mate 34-1
The Cliff's Edge 1-2
Zakocity 9-2

Wager: $5 WP on Zakocity.
Ran 3rd.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 2-3.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 2-3-4-6.
...$1 triple box top four.
Ran 2-3-4-6.

Zakocity...Won an off-turf stake cross-state last time out. Seems to be getting the hang of it lately.
The Cliff's Edge...Zito trainee is probable fave and clearly the one to beat -- question is whether he'll be fully cranked for today.
Keystone Point...Seems like they might have underestimated this one -- blasted maiden claimers two back and then won an alw last time. Could add some value here.
Misguided Left.

Fair Grounds: Chou Croute H'cp $100K

Spectacular Lisa 9-5
Tropical Blossom 8-5
Princess Pelona 17-1

Wager: $5 WP on Tropical Blossom.
Collected $7.50 on the WP (xxx, 3.00).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 2-4.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $9.80 on the ex box ($19.60/$2).
...$1 triple box top four.
Ran 1-2-4-7.

Tropical Blossom...Finally got away from the likes of Azeri and Got Koko and managed to win a minor stakes last time. Might find this group to her liking also.
Spirited Maiden...Just missed in two recent Fair Grounds tries, loses blinkers today and that might shake her up.
Spectacular Lisa...Might be the one to beat off of high Beyer win last time in Texas stake.
Salty Farma.

Oaklawn: Essex H'cp G3 $100K

Private Emblem 8-1
Pie N Burger 6-5
Crafty Shaw 2-1

Wager: $5 WP on Pie N Burger.
Collected $9.50 on the WP (xxx, 3.80).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 2-6.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 2-3-4-6.
...$1 triple box top four.
Ran 2-3-4-6.

Pie N Burger...Has won last five on dirt including a nice stake on the Breeders' Cup undercard. Off since then but trainer is OK off the layoff.
Dusty Spike...Might find some value here -- the pace might set up for this guy to make presence felt in the lane.
Docent...Not much to dislike. Solid stakes performer is almost always in the hunt.
Crafty Shaw.

Santa Anita: Buena Vista H'cp G2 $150K

Fun House 11-1
Katdogawn 7-2
Fudge Fatale 17-1

Wager: $5 exacta key Personal Legend over next two.
Ran 4/2-5.
...$2 tri key Personal Legend over next three.
Ran 4/1-2-5.

Personal Legend...Seems to prefer SoCal and looks ready for a good effort off of a nice second in G2 El Encino.
Katdogawn...Two late fall races were very good -- but trainer is cold this meet.
Maiden Tower...Last looks like a fluke -- expect a rebound to prior effort.
Fun House.

Golden Gate: Ken Maddy Sprint H'cp $100K

Giovannetti 8-1
Green Team 1-1
Debonair Joe 14-1

Wager: $15 quinella top two.
Ran 2-6.

Green Team...Has not missed and exacta finish in last nine starts. Last four of those were stakes, including a nice second last time behind the very good Shake You Down.
El Dorado Shooter...Won this event last year. Off since June but has been working gangbusters.

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