Saturday Steamers [Free Selections]

by Ed Meyer

posted on February 12, 2010 in Free Picks and Tips | No Comments >>

There is a bevy of solid racing going on as usual for this time of year. There is a great card in California that is being made up due to inclement weather, and Florida has big action on both coasts. So, buckle down and get your data early to get in the game. But, to make it that much sweeter, we have tossed in a couple that deserve a look before making final decisions.

Tampa Bay Downs – Race #10 – G-3 – Sam Davis Stakes

This race may be a factor in your Future Book Wagers.  It is a 1 1/16th, and it seems to me that more and more barns are heading to Tampa to try out their runners for bigger and better things to come.

#6 Uptowncharlybrown (2/1) looks to be double tough in here. You have the services of red-hot Daniel Centeno in the irons, and is 2/2 at TBD. There is plenty of speed to run at if the pace falls apart, and the rider knows the oval. Centeno and Alan Seewald are batting 29% together.

I am going to go away from this angle, and lean towards the rail for #1 Rule (8-5). John Velasquez for Todd Pletcher. Winner of G-3 Delta Jackpot in the slop, and this son of Roman Rule is 4/4 on a fast dirt track. I would look for an up close running style, and should draw off to get his dance card stamped.

Santa Anita – Race #6 –  G-2 – Robert B. Lewis S.

#2  Tiz Chrome (6/5) 2/2 with wins in a lifetime, and is 1/1 over a synthetic track. The son of Tiznow should show versatility. The stretch out to 1 1/16th from 6 1/2 panels, Bob Baffert a 21%  trainer, and Gomez is in the saddle, at a winning clip of 22%.

The works have shown well, and he is bred to run long on the dam side (Woodlawn Shadow). I see his speed and breeding being a big factor. It should be an asset down the lane, and I would use him with #1 Dave in Dixie, and #3 American Lion.

There it is, and it is yours to take to the window. Be sure to check them against the tiers, and you can’t go wrong.

Good luck!