Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, July 3, 2004
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes

We were top-heavy and bottom-light this week with five winners on top in nine races (Belmont, $5.70; Monmouth, $3.20; Hollywood, $5.80, $2.80, $6.60) but not a whole lot to crow about in the gimmick department. The winners gave us about a 33% ROI in that category. And having our top three combine for the exacta and tri at Churchill added a little juice to our pot for the day.

All-in-all we were pretty solid with winners but our value plays underneath just didn't offer any fireworks for the 4th of July weekend...

WAGERED: $302.00
COLLECTED: $195.20

Turf wagers are turf only

Belmont: Suburban G1 $500K

Peace Rules 3-1
Newfoundland 8-1
Funny Cide 4-1

Wager: $5WP on Funny Cide, sub Dynever if scratch.
Ran 3rd.
...$2 exacta box top two, sub next if scratch.
Ran 3-6.
...$1 exacta box top four, sub next if scratch.
Ran 1-3-6-7.
...$1 tri box top four, sub next if scratch.
Ran 1-3-6-7.

Funny Cide...Question with htis guy is whether he'll make it into the starting gate as connections have indicated that his running is dependent on some others scratching. so we'll see... But he comes in in very good form. Likes the track and the trip.
Dynever...Toss out the Pimlico Special flopperoo. The track surface was funky that day and follow-up in the Brooklyn shows that the big seasonal debut was no fluke.
Bowman's Band...So far this season he's been behind the likes of Medaglia d'Oro, Southern Image, and Pico Central. 5-0-2-2 on the season and likely to pick up a piece again today.
Peace Rules.

Belmont: Prioress G1 $250K

Friendly Michelle 9-5
Feline Story 26-1
Forest Music 5-1

Frenchglen scratched.

Wager: $5 WP on Frenchglen.
...$2 exacta box top two, sub next if scratch.
Ran 1-8.
...$1 exacta box top four, sub next if scratch.
Ran 1-4-7-8.
...$1 tri box top four, sub next if scratch.
Ran 1-4-7-8.

Frenchglen...Pletcher filly is improving and is 3-3 at the trip.
Friendly Michelle...Faded slightly in the G1 Acorn. Should appreciate the cutback to 6F.
Bohemian Lady...Entrymate to top pick and Velasquez is named on both, so one will scratch. This gal should improve off of Acorn if allowed to sit just off the pace.
Why You...A neck behind Frenchglen two back. Solid 5-2-1-1 record thus far.
Bending Strings.

Monmouth: Longfellow $65K

Canadian Frontier 3-5
Highway Prospector 7-2
Richierichierich 8-1

Sassy Hound. Choctaw Ridge scratched.

Wager: $5 WP on Candian Frontier.
Collected $14.00 on the WP (3.20, 2.40).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Collected $21.50 on the ex box ($8.60/$2).
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $4.30 on the ex box.
...$1 tri box top four.
No tri offered after scratches.

Canadian Frontier...Up against it versus Speightstown and Pohave last time. Big win prior in Bold Ruler.
Sassy Hound...So far so good in 2004 season. Third in nice G3 at Pimlico two back.
Gill entry...Choctaw Ridge/Highway Prospector preferred. Both come into the race in good form.

Monmouth: United Nations G1 $750K

Request for Parole 9-2
Mr O'Brien 3-1
Nothing to Lose 11-1

Wager: $5 WP on Meteor Storm.
Ran 7th at 2-1.
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 2-7.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 2-5-6-7.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 2-5-6-7.

Meteor Storm...On the improve this season capped by a nice win in G1 Manhattan last time.
Mr O'Brien...Going will in three starts since spring. Close third behind top pick in latest.
Hard Buck...Comebacker after Dubai is always tough but this guy ran a good second.
Balto Star.

Churchill: Firecracker G2 $250K

Quantum Merit 5-1
Perfect Soul 9-5
DQ - Senor Swinger 2-1
Senor Swinger ran 2nd was DQ'd to third

Wager: $5 WP on Perfect Soul.
Collected $10.50 on the WP (xxx, 4.20).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 2-3.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Collected $26.80 on the ex box ($53.60/$2).
...$1 tri box top four.
Collected $70.60 on the tri box ($141.20/$2).

Perfect Soul...Seasonal debut was huge. Might not have liked the going last time. Should come back big with two months off.
Senor Swinger...Horse-for-course might benefit if a duel develops up front.
Quantum Merit...Seems improved as a 5YO.
Royal Spy.

Hollywood: Royal Heroine G3 $100K

Janeian 9-5
Katdogawn 3-2
Makeup Artist 4-1

Etoile Montante scratched.

Wager: $5 W on Etoile Montante.
...$5 exacta box top two.
...$2 tri key Etoile Montante over next to.
...$2 tri box top three.

Etoile Montante...Frankel filly looks like perhaps a little better than these.
Janeian...Two solid efforts to start this season.

Hollywood: American Oaks G1 $750K

Ticker Tape 12-1
Dance in the Mood 7-5
Hollywood Story 16-1

Wager: $5 WP on Dance in the Mood.
Collected $9.00 on the WP (xxx, 3.60).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 2-9.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 2-4-8-9.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 2-4-8-9.

Dance in the Mood...Japanese daughter of Sunday Silence brings along top Japanese jock and could be this good.
Misty Heights...Solid career in Europe. Only real blemish is a poor performance behind Attraction who would dominate this field.
Western Hemisphere...Might surprise if able to get loose early.
Eternal Melody.

Hollywood: Flawlessly $100K

Miss Vegas 2-5
Five Nickels 11-1
Shake Off 7-1

Dewey's Trick scratched.

Wager: $5 WP on Miss Vegas.
Collected $13.00 on the WP (2.80, 2.40).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-4.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 1-4-7.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-4-7.

Miss Vegas...Solid seasonal debut win in G3.
Crozet...Might be set-up for good late run.
Dewey's Trick...Might find some value with this filly making second start off of nice debut win.
Dawn's Angel.

Hollywood: Triple Bend BC Invy G1 $300K

Pohave 2-1
Rojo Toro 52-1
Revello 8-1

Lifestyle scratched.

Wager: $5 WP on Pohave.
Collected $26.00 on the WP (6.60, 3.80).
...$2 exacta box top two.
Ran 1-4.
...$1 exacta box top four.
Ran 1-4-12.
...$1 tri box top four.
Ran 1-4-12.

Pohave...Comes in in very good form. Won G3 two back. Third behind the good Speightstown last time.
Kela...Likes the track. Distance is a question mark but brings in some class.
Lifestyle...Cutback in distance should help.
Ministers Wild Cat.

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