Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, May 29, 2004
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes

We have yet to really hit stride again since the transition was made a few weeks back from the winter-spring meets to the spring-summer meets. Moscow Burning was a concern at Belmont -- but we didn't see her heading to the front to set some cushy fractions. Nice job by Mike Smith. In the Reilly at Monmouth, Transamericanspirit was playable, we just liked ours better. Similar scenario at Philly with Peeping Tom and Churchill with Stay Forever. Wasn't completely convinced about the Florida shipper at Hollywood, particularly at 2-1 -- but hey, I guess Imperialism started a trend.

A couple of frustrating plays as we missed gimmicks at Calder (third pick over top choice for $43.80/$2 exacta) and Delaware (second over third pick for $146.00/$2 exacta) as we limited our plays in both of those races. It wouldn't have put us over the top, but it would have helped.

Otherwise, two winners on top in eleven races (Arlington, $5.60; Bay Meadows, $4.80). And our top pick Remind just missed at Monmouth at 7-1, although our second pick won which translated to some exacta moolah. We had a couple of other gimmicks along the way as well.

WAGERED: $328.00
COLLECTED: $166.70

Turf wagers are turf only

Belmont: Sheepshead Bay H'cp G2 $150K

Moscow Burning 4-1
Spice Island 9-5
Meridiana 5-2

Wager: $5 WP on Alternate.
Ran 6th at 9-2.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 3-6.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 2-3-4-6.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 2-3-4-6.

Alternate...Showed some nice improvement in two starts this season. Might indicate she's hitting her stride as a 5YO.
Meridiana...Came to life in Florida for Clement. Brings in a three-race win streak including two stakes.
Spice Island...Third start of the year and improved over the first two. Bailey rides.
Miss Hellie.

Calder: Ponche $75K

Built Up 5-1
Weigelia 1-1
Bernard's Candy 9-2

Scrubs scratched.

Wager: $5 WP on Weigelia.
Collected $7.50 on the WP (xxx, 3.00).
...$4 exacta box top two.
Ran 2-4.
...$2 tri key Weigelia over next two.
Ran 2/1-4.
...$1 tri key Weigelia over next three.
Ran 2/1-4.

Weigelia...A budding sprint star on the Florida circuit?
Tour of the Cat...Won in first start back from Dubai -- which is always tough. Loves this track.
Built Up...Another solid performer on this track.

Monmouth: Gilded Time $55K

Smokume 1-1
War's Prospect 9-1
Frisky Spider 5-2

Wulpe scratched.

Off turf. No wagers.

Wager: $5 WP on Matsui.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.
Matsui...Talented sprinter should be able to sit just off the pace and get the first jump.
Smokume...Perhaps a return to the good form of last year was indicated by win two weeks ago.
Wulpe...Pletcher runner was overmatched in a G3, should go better against this kind.
Frisky Spider.

Monmouth: JJ Reilly H'cp $60K

Trueamericanspirit 5-1
Something Smith 4-5
NJ Devil 19-1

Wager: $5 WP on Mighty Oak.
Ran 7th at 4-1.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 2-7.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 2-5-7-10.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 2-5-7-10.

Mighty Oak...Should significant improvement at the end of last season. Nice work on 5/22.
Something Smith...Had a great 3YO season -- often beating elders. Likes the track. tough if ready.
Our Wildcat...Third last year in this race in first start of 2003.
Cherokee Honor.

Monmouth: Red Bank G3 $100K

Burning Roma 9-5
Remind 7-1
American Freedom 47-1

Wager: $5 WP on Remind.
Collected $17.00 on the WP (xxx, 6.80).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Collected $41.80 on the ex box ($41.80/$2).
...$1 exacta box top four, sub next if scratch.
Collected $20.90 on the ex box.
...$1 tri box top four, sub next if scratch.
Ran 1-2-8-10.

Remind...Mott turfer looked to be showing some nice 3YO to 4YO maturity, then faltered last time. But not convinced of the legitimacy of the Ft Marcy as a couple of bombs came in that day. Expect a rebound to prior good form.
Burning Roma...4-2-2-0 turf record including a close-up second in a G2 at Keeneland last time. The one to beat.
Navesink...Off since June but will compete with these if ready.
Gill entry.

Philadelphia: Levine Memorial H'cp G3 $100K

Peeping Tom 4-1
Highway Prospector 2-1
Richierichierich 11-1

True Passion scratched.

Wager: $5 WP on Spooky Mulder.
Ran 4th at 4-1.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 4-5-7.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 4-5-7.

Spooky Mulder...In super form winning a couple high-priced claimers in NY.
True Passion...Also looks to be in good form now.
Kazoo...Been going well since last fall.
Crossing Point.

Delaware: Go For Wand $100K

Pilfer 8-1
Hopelessly Devoted 11-1
From Away 7-1

Wager: $5 WP on Speedy Falcon.
Ran 4th at 1-5.
...$4 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-4.
...$1 tri key Speedy Falcon over next three.
Ran 4/1-2-6.

Speedy Falcon...Dominated at some smaller venues then passed test for class last time with just-miss third in a G3 at Hollywood.
Pilfer...Will be tough as soon as a jock can keep her closer to the 2-path than the 6-path.
Hopelessly Devoted...Coming in off of a couple of nice wins.

Churchill: Mint Julep H'cp G3 $150K

Stay Forever 5-1
Sand Springs 3-1
Eternal Melody 3-1

Wager: $5 WP on Aud.
Ran 7th at 5-2.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 5-7.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 3-5-7-8.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 3-5-7-8.

Aud...Finished second to a good Clement filly last time. That was this one's 2004 debut. Shot a top lifetime Beyer that day which might indicate she's come back as an improved performer.
Shaconage...Won a similar stake on the Derby undercard at 19-1.
Eternal Melody...Well, with a 42% win-rate in the category we can't ignore a horse making its US debut for Frankel. But we're not sure this New Zealander is as strong as his Euro-imports.

Arlington: Hanshin H'cp G3 $100K

Crafty Shaw 9-5
Apt To Be 4-1
Kodema 5-1

Wager: $5 WP on Crafty Shaw.
Collected $23.00 on the WP (5.60, 3.60).
...$5 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-4.
...$1 tri box top three.
Ran 1-4-6.

Crafty Shaw...Gets nod over second pick on the experience at the trip.
Coach Jimi Lee...Going well in three starts this year and loves this track. Distance is a question mark however.

Hollywood: Barrera Memorial G2 $150K

Twice as Bad 2-1
Wimplestiltskin 6-1
Don'tsellmeshort 2-1

Hosco, Siphonizer scratched.

Wager: $5 WP on Hosco.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 6-8.
...$1 tri box top four.

Hosco...Expect a wake-up call with return to sprint.
Skipaslew...Also should appreciate the 7F trip.
Siphonizer...Hmmm, what do we make of the Churchill blowout? We'll know more after this race.

Bay Meadows: Santa Clara H'cp $55K

Gonetorule 7-5
AB Noodle 2-1
Bartok's Blithe 7-2

Wager: $5 WP on Gonetorule.
Collected $19.00 on the WP (4.80, 2.80).
...$5 exacta box top two.
Collected $45.00 on the ex box ($18.00/$2).
...$1 tri box top three.
Ran 1-2-4.

Gonetorule...Lightly raced 4YO will probably have to step it up a bit -- but should be ready in third start for Hollendorfer.
AB Noodle...Been going well this year -- including grass stake win last time.
Hooked On Niners.

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


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