Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, April 24, 2004
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes

Kind of a strange afternoon in that scratches came into play more than usual.

In the Caesar's Wish at Pimlico, our top two flip-flopped for an $8.80/$2 exacta -- but we didn't collect anything there because our original second pick scratched. At Churchill our top pick of Rock Hard Ten scratched out of the Derby Trail and our next three came in -- but wagering-wise we were left out in the cold after the scratch and missed the $15.20/$2 exacta and $33.40/$2 tri. And we took a stand with the 1-9 fave in Hollywood's Melair, putting that Baffert entry over our second pick and being done with it -- we then watched as the entry came in 1-2, with our third and fourth picks just behind, meaning we missed the fairly generous $88.00/$2 tri. Nothing huge of course -- but they would have helped the bottom-line a little.

Otherwise, we had four winners on top in eleven races (Churchill, $4.40; Hollywood, 2.20, 5.60; Bay Meadows, 3.40). Also a modest mix of gimmicks, with the highlight being the boxed tri ($241.60/$2) in the Fran's Valentine at Hollywood.

WAGERED: $382.00
COLLECTED: $205.05

Turf wagers are turf only

Aqueduct: Fort Marcy H'cp G3 $100K

Chilly Rooster 32-1
Union Place 50-1
Slew Valley 5-2

Bowman's Band scratched.

Wager: $5 WP on Bowman's Band.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four, sub next if scratch.
Ran 3-5-6-7.
...$1 tri box top four, sub next if scratch.
Ran 3-5-6-7.

Bowman's Band...Looks to be rounding back to form after big effort three back in Hal's Hope. Has a decent grass try under his belt last year.
Remind...Mott/Bailey turfer hasn't missed an exacta finish in five tries at the trip. In good form -- making fourth start of 2004.
Steadfast and True...Last try at Keeneland was solid and this is his first chance to string a couple together in quite awhile.
Slew Valley.
Rogue Agent.

Pimlico: Caesar's Wish $75K

He Loves Me 2-1
Plata 4-5
Dance Fee 9-1

Silmaril scratched.

Wager: $5 W on Plata.
Ran 2nd.
...$2 exacta Plata over Silmaril.
...$5 exacta box top two.
...$2 tri box top three.

Plata...Nice $45K purchase in December has ripped off three straight to bank $43k so far. Looks well spotted for stakes debut.
Silmaril...Won this trip last time. Won stake two back. Capable.
He Loves Me.

Churchill: Derby Trial G3 $100K

Sir Shackleton 6-5
Courageous Act 7-2
Bwana Charlie 7-5

Rock Hard Ten scratched.

Wager: $5 W on Rock Hard Ten.
...$5 exacta box top two.
...$2 tri box top three.

Rock Hard Ten...Talented but lightly raced... Just missed in SA Derby while making third start. Could still be shopping for spot in the big race next week, but in need of purse money today.
Sir Shackleton...Improving 3YO up-and-comer for Zito.
Bwana Charlie...Won a G3 at Keeneland last time.
Courageous Act.

Lone Star: Texas Mile G3 $300K

Kela 5-1
Supah Blitz 4-1
Yessirgeneralsir 14-1

Wager: $5 WP on Mountain General.
Ran 7th at 6-1.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 4-7.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 2-4-7-8.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 2-4-7-8.

Mountain General...Seems like real value if anywhere near the 15-1 ML quote. Stretching out after two sprints while making third start of 2004. 2-2 on the track. 4-2-1-1- at the trip. Trainer and jock going well so far this meet. Things add up for an upset.
Snorter...Looks like Frankel has figured this one out and nice win in Golden Gate stake last time makes him the one to beat.
Pie N Burger...3-3 record over the strip is hard to ignore. Comes in off a couple of good G3 efforts at Oaklawn.
Supah Blitz.

Hollywood: Fran's Valentine $150K

Moscow Burning 5-2
Super High 5-2
Sweet Frippery 18-1

Wager: $5 WP on Valentine Dancer.
Ran 6th at 7-5.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-6.
...$1 exacta box top four, sub next if scratch.
Collected $15.60 on the ex box ($31.20/$2).
...$1 tri box top four, sub next if scratch.
Collected $120.80 on the tri box ($241.60/$2).

Valentine Dancer...Likes the track. 1-1 at the trip. Competitive against open company -- even better against Cal-breds!
Moscow Burning...Missed in a G2 at Gulfstream last time -- winner that day came back to win Keeneland stake this week.
Super High...2-2 on the track and usually in the hunt in these state-bred stakes.
Sweet Frippery.
Deputy Tombe.

Hollywood: Melair $200K

Yearly Report/entry 1-9
Western Hemisphere/entry 1-9
Nicole and Ben 22-1
Iza Legend 45-1

Wager: $5 W on Yearly Report.
Collected $5.50 on the W (2.20).
...$10 exacta Yearly Report over Remembrances.
Ran 1-6.

Baffert entry...Yearly Report won G2 last time and looks to lay over this state-bred field. Western Hemisphere -- full-sis to General Challenge makes only third start but could be a good one.
Remembrances...Should appreciate return to Cal-bred company.
Nicole and Ben...Trainer good going turf-to-dirt.
Iza Legend.

Hollywood: B Thoughtful $150K

Royally Chosen 9-2
Summer Wind Dancer 6-5
Tucked Away 16-1

Bear Fan scratched.

Wager: $5 WP on Bear Fan.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $16.20 on the ex box ($32.40/$2).
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-2-6.

Bear Fan...Coming out of two stakes wins including the G2 Fritchie two back.
Summer Wind Dancer...Expect improvement second start for Mullins.
Grant Marty a Wish...Comes into this off of three wire jobs. Distance is a question mark.
Royally Chosen.

Hollwood: Tiznow $150K

Beau Soleil 4-5
Excessivepleasure 8-1
Ride and Shine 12-1

Wager: $5 WP on Green Team.
Ran 6th at 3-1.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 6-8.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 1-5-6-8.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-5-6-8.

Green Team...Second to Shake You Down in Sunshine Millions three back then close-up seconds next two in NoCal. Expecting a big effort here.
Hemet Thought...Comes off a strong string off turf sprints but dirt is arguable his preferred surface.
Beau Soleil...In good form and will be tough if able to repeat latest.
Early Snow.

Hollywood: Khaled $150K

Black Bart 6-1
DH - Lennyfromalibu 1-1
DH - Continental Red 5-2

Wager: $5 WP on Lennyfromalibu.
Collected $5.25 on the WP (xxx, 5.25).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 2-2 (dead-heat for place).
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 2-2-5-6.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 2-2-5-6.

Lennyfromalibu...Holding good form since last fall. Working well. Distance is a question mark though.
Continental Red...Throw out last when troubled at break, otherwise two previous grass starts were close-up finishes in G2's.
Bourbon County...Been closing late to be there at the end -- despite trouble lately. Will be rolling late again and might improve with a clean trip.

Hollywood: Snow Chief $250K

Cheiron 9-5
Don'tsellmeshort 6-1
Southenr Outlaw 24-1

Wager: $5 WP on Cheiron.
Collected $23.50 on the WP (5.60, 3.80).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-6.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $16.30 on the ex box ($32.60/$2).
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-2-5-6.

Cheiron...Behind Preachinatthebar and St Averil in G2 last time. Will appreciate return to state-breds.
OK Mikie...Also has been facing open stakes company -- and doing OK at it.
Don'tsellmeshort...Moves back to preferred surface.
Score High.

Bay Meadows: San Fran BC Mile H'cp G2 $150K

Singletary 3-5
Captain Squire 2-1
Gold Ruckus 10-1

Wager: $5 WP on Singletary.
Collected $14.00 on the WP (3.40, 2.20).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-4.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $4.10 on the ex box ($8.20/$2).
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-2-4-7.

Singletary...Second in G2 at Santa Anita last time. Working well and likes the mile trip.
Ninebanks...Off since October but 7F work on 4/14 shows intent. won this race last year.
Captain Squire...They have him to catch. Dangerous.
Motel Staff.

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