Sunday picks

Updated: October 21, 2000, 10:47 PM ET
By Bill Finley | Special to ESPN.com

The Miss Grillo
7th Belmont
Distance: 1 1/8th miles on the grass
Purse: $100,000
For: 2-year-old fillies
Grade III

Dream Wish was able to catch a loose-on-the-lead winner in her last, just getting up at the wire to win an allowance by a nose. Comes from the potent Bill Mott-Jerry Bailey team and seems to be improving. Daisy Dukes must prove she can go beyond five furlongs, but she had the breeding to suggest she can go this far. Gets Edgar Prado for a sharp Philadelphia Park trainer, who has given the filly a one-mile work to prepare her for this. Should go to the lead, taking that edge away from Medicine Bow. Mystic Lady is perfect on the turf in two tries; obvious contender.

Picks Summary: 1. Dream Wish 2. Daisy Dukes 3. Mystic Lady


The Pilgrim
9th Belmont
Distance: 1 1/8th miles on the turf
Purse: $100,000
For: 2-year-olds
Grade III

Though a maiden, Waltzin' Storm has the credentials to capture this race. Throw out the last when the son of Storm Creek raced on the dirt. In prior start he missed by a nose in the Summer Stakes at Woodbine, facing off against a better field than the one he meets here. Baptize, another from the Mott-Bailey arsenal, is 3-for-3 on the turf, having won small stakes at Colonial and Monmouth. Main knock on him is that he's spotting seven pounds to everyone else in the field. Tom The River Rat was much improved in his turf debut and goes here for a trainer who specializes in grass runners.

Picks Summary: 1. Waltzin' Storm 2. Baptize 3. Tom The River Rat


The Harold C. Ramser Sr. Handicap
7th Santa Anita
Distance: One mile on the turf
Purse: $100,000
For: 3-year-old fillies
Ungraded

Take the short price on the Bobby Frankel-trained Millie's Quest. After knocking heads twice against top grass filly Gaviola, she returns home to California and faces a modest field here. Like some others in here, she should get a good trip sitting off of what figures to be a torrid speed duel. Velvet Morning, another Frankel-trainee, has been rested since a poor effort in the Del Mar Oaks. She ran fairly well off the layoff on Aug. 5, gets Desormeaux and is another who should benefit from a hot pace. Janet overcame a slow start in her last to win the Possibly Perfect Stakes. In sharp form now and is a serious player here.

Picks Summary: 1. Millie's Quest 2. Velvet Morning 3. Janet

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