Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, March 13, 2004
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes

Another quirky afternoon. We had one cold tri (Santa Anita, $46.20/$2) and one cold super (Gulfstream, $61.40/$2 tri; $131.20/$2 super). We also scored a nice boxed tri with our top pick over our third and fourth choices at Aqueduct ($366.00/$2). And we took a stand in the Forward Gal at Gulfstream, playing only a straight exacta -- we hit it cold. However, we were zapped a little bit at Fair Grounds as our fifth pick was bookended by our others -- but we only noted the fifth pick as a substitute so we missed out on a nice exacta ($137.60/$2), tri ($324.60/$2) and super ($843.20/$2).

And a few unexpected winners kept us from collecting in the Florida Derby (Friend's Lake 37-1), Oaklawn BC (Golden Sonata 29-1), Tokyo City H'cp (Ender's Shadow 43-1) and El Camino Real Derby (Kilgowan 26-1).

As far as winners on top, we had four in twelve races (Aqueduct, $5.00; Gulfstream, $2.40, $4.40; Santa Anita, $3.00).

Again, a quirky afternoon with some nice scores but the value just wasn't there -- and the un-included fifth pick at Fair Grounds cost us a profit on the day.

WAGERED: $501.00
COLLECTED: $387.15

Turf wagers are turf only

Aqueduct: Broadway H'cp $75K

Sensibly Chic 4-1
Taghkanic 9-1
Beautiful America 8-1

Wager: $5 WP on Serenity's Smile.
Ran 5th at 5-1.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 5-9.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 1-5-7-9.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-5-7-9.

Serenity's Smile...Might offer some value on the ship-in from Gulfstream.
Golden Damsel...Should appreciate return to state-bred company.
Reaching Up...Improving sort is still a question mark at the trip.
Sensibly Chic.

Aqueduct: Toboggan H'cp G3 $100K

Well Fancied 3-2
Gators N Bears 11-1
Don Six 12-1

Wager: $5 WP on Well Fancied.
Collected $20.75 on the WP ($5.00, 3.30).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-5.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $23.00 on the ex box ($46.00/$2).
...$1 tri box top four.
Collected $183.00 on the tri box ($366.00/$2).

Well Fancied...6-4-1-0 over the Big A track. Comes out of a nice win in G2 General George at Laurel.
Peeping Tom...7YO seems to be in good form and likes this track and trip.
Gators N Bears...Consistently in the hunt throughout the past year.
Don Six.

Gulfstream: Forward Gal G2 $150K

Madcap Escapade 1-5
La Reina 7-2

Wager: $15 exacta Madcap Escapade over La Reina.
Collected $34.50 on the ex box ($4.60/$2).

Madcap Escapade...Has looked like the real deal winning first two starts by double digits -- including a $100K stake last time.
La Reina...Bred to be a champ. Only concern is the layoff -- last race was in Nov when she was nosed by Ashado.

Gulfstream: Florida Derby G1 $1 mil

Friend's Lake 37-1
Value Plus 7-2
The Cliff's Edge 5-1

Wager: $5 WP on Read the Footnotes.
Ran 4th at 1-1.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 3-4.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 3-4-6-8.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 3-4-6-8.

Read the Footnotes...There's the question of a bounce of the last big effort but work on 3/5 seems to indicate fitness.
The Cliff's Edge...Zito trainee might offer a little value here. Had a wide trip in comeback and should be fitter today.
Tapit...Trainer has said they would be happy running third -- which doesn't necessarily inspire confidence, but this guy is too good to ignore.
Sir Oscar.

Gulfstream: Swale G3 $150K

Wynn Dot Comma 4-1
Eurosilver 1-1
Dashboard Drummer 14-1

Saratoga County scratched.

Wager: $5 exacta Eurosilver over Saratoga County.
...$5 triple key Eurosilver over next two.

Eurosilver...Comeback effort was superb. Likes the track and trip. Repeat.
Saratoga County...It will be interesting to see what this guy can do if he ever gets a clean trip.
Chapel Royal.

Gulfstream: Marshua's River $60K

Dedication 6-5
Ocean Drive 4-1
Vespers 6-1

Coney Kitty scratched.
Delta Princess ran 4th completing the $131.20/$2 super.

Wager: $5 WP on Dedication.
Collected $18.00 on the WP ($4.40, 2.80).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Collected $16.40 on the ex box ($16.40/$2).
...$1 exacta box top four, sub next if scratch.
Collected $8.20 on the ex box.
...$1 tri box top four, sub next if scratch.
Collected $30.70 on the tri box ($61.40/$2).

Dedication...This one is heading to the breeding shed after today and it looks like Clement has found a cozy spot for career finale.
Ocean Drive...Seems set for a good effort.
Coney Kitty...Going well since last summer. Expect Santos to have her rolling late.
Delta Princess.

Fair Grounds: Krantz Memorial H'cp $75K

Put Me In 9-1
Savorthetime 11-1
Tina Bull 1-2

Vicki Vallencourt ran 4th. Tri paid $324.60/$2. Super paid $843.20/$2).

Wager: $5 WP on Tina Bull.
Ran 3rd.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 3-6.
...$1 exacta box top four, sub next if scratch.
Ran 1-3-4-6.
...$1 tri box top four, sub next if scratch.
Ran 1-3-4-6.

Tina Bull...Good second in a similar event here last time after three months on bench. Expect even better today.
Distinct Code...Had troubled start last time -- likes the track and trip however and should go better today.
Put Me In...Might have bounced last time off of a big effort two back.
Vicki Vallencourt.

Oaklawn: BC G3 $200K

Golden Sonata 29-1
Keys to the Heart 8-1
Mayo On the Side 7-2

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

Spectacular Lisa...Has a three-race string since moving in with Stidham -- including two stakes.
Keys to the Heart...SoCal shipper makes a turf-to-dirt move -- had success with that angle last spring.
There Runs Hattie...Showed nice improvement last time.
La Reason.

Santa Anita: Crystal Water H'cp $100K

Lennyfromalibu 1-2
Spinelessjellyfish 3-1
Ringaskiddy 25-1

Summer Service scratched.

Wager: $5 WP on Lennyfromalibu.
Collected $13.00 on the WP ($3.00, 2.20).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Collected $6.00 on the ex box ($6.00/$2).
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $3.00 on the ex box.
...$1 tri box top four.
Collected $23.10 on the tri box ($46.20/$2).

Lennyfromalibu...Three solid turf sprints were proceeded by a stakes win at this trip in Nov.
Spinelessjellyfish...8YO might be losing some of his competitive edge but is liable to throw in a good one on best effort. Fourth in this race last year.
Summer Service...Can't ignore the undefeated turf record.

Santa Anita: Tokyo City H'cp $70K

Ender's Shadow 43-1
Total Impact 5-1
Gift of the Eagle 20-1

Wager: $5 WP on Nose The Trade.
Ran 9th at 4-5.
...$4 exacta box top two.
Ran 5-9.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 3-4-5-9.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 3-4-5-9.

Nose The Trade...Frankel 6YO has been going well lately and fits in this small stake.
Fly to the Wire...Solid 9-2-6-0 in 2003. Layoff is a concern but will contend if ready.
Truly a Judge...Fourth behind Nose The Trade last time despite poor start. Competitive in these minor stakes.
Gift of the Eagle.

Santa Anita: SA Oaks G1 $300K

Silent Sighs 6-1
Halfbridled 1-2
AP Adventure 3-1

Wager: $5 WP on AP Adventure.
Ran 3rd.
...$5 exacta box top two.
Ran 2-3.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 2-3-4-7.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 2-3-4-7.

AP Adventure...Gritty performance to win a G1 here on 2/15. Might have a fitness edge over the champ.
Halfbridled...2YO filly Eclipse winner is clearly the one to beat but layoff and some training delays might leave her vulnerable on comeback.
Salty Romance...Looks to try and take them as far as she can go.
Hollywood Story.

Golden Gate: El Camino Real Derby G3 $200K

Kilgowan 26-1
DH - Capitano 6-1
DH - Seattle Borders 9-5

Wager: $5 WP on Seattle Borders.
Collected $7.50 on the WP (xxx, 3.00).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 2-7.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 2-4-5-7.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 2-4-5-7.

Seattle Borders...It was about this time last year that a Frankel/Gann private purchase was moved from a stake-winning turf run into a Derby prep on turf. Peace Rules won the La Derby that day. Don't ignore this one.
Skipaslew...Brings in a two-race streak. Both stakes. Both right on this track. Tough.
Wildwood Flower...Filly was dominant in three NoCal starts and then finished a respectable third in a SoCal stake.
OK Mikie.

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