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Saratoga Race Course
Friday, August 8, 2003
Meet Total ... 60-131

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Yesterday

1-9. So far Week Three is off to a slow start. Another quirky day where most of the winners were playable, but, like Best Bets, most of the public handicappers only tabbed one or two. And losing the grass races doesn't help matters.

Winner on top in the 7th (3.80). Also, boxing our top four in the 6th would have grabbed the $255.00/$2 triple. In the 7th our top three finished in order for a cold exacta ($10.40) and tri ($20.80). And our third choice bested our top pick in the 8th for a $15.60 gimmick.

A crowd of 20,049 turned out to enjoy a cloudy, warm -- but rain-free afternoon.

And plenty of folks turned up to watch the Fasig-Tipton yearling sales as the third and final night was the only one that didn't feature some precipitation.

Today

It's Proud to be an American Day on-track. The feature race is the West Point. And anyone with a military ID can get free grandstand admission. Various branches of the armed services will have events and exhibits.

It will be unfortunate if we lose the nice NY-bred grass stake this afternoon -- but more showers have been forecast for Friday morning. We'll see...

FIRST RACE
Marked For Ransom...Beaten fave in debut. Trainer has solid second start stats. Expect improvement.
Quiet Challenge...Trainer is an eye-popping 33% with runners moving to his barn -- but jock is not solid on the win end this meet.
Lord Commando...Won last but was DQ'd. Adds blinkers.
Devil's Vintage.

SECOND RACE
Fellini...Typically want to give 'em at least one after they step out of a mdn clm, but trainer/jock combo is red-hot.
Klesaris entry...Oath Of Office Brings in a three-race streak. Likes a wet track. Has been facing cheaper but going well enough to compete with these. Judge Harper won this track and level 7/25.
Frankie B...Suffolk shipper might appreciate move in for a tag.
Mr Bubbly.

THIRD RACE
Above The Devil...Not much to go on with this bunch but trainer is OK with firsters and 2YOs. Ships in from Philly off of some decent works.
The Great Catsby...Again, looking at trainer with some wins as a guidepost here.
Lass Dance...Some nice works.
Luck My Way.

FOURTH RACE
Silver Wagon...Good looking debut at Calder. Picks up Bailey for follow-up and will be tough with any improvement.
High Minded...Lukas/Lewis firster could be any kind -- as with all of theirs. Working well for first try.
Apple Krisp...Has given a couple of nice efforts so far.
Don't Tread On Me.

FIFTH RACE
Holiday Lady...Was giving a good account of herself earlier this year in graded stakes for 3YOs. Ran into a tough cookie from McGaughey in last. We'll hope the blinkers can return her to good form from earlier this season.
Blu Spur...Likes the track and the trip and has plenty of speed.
Miss Cap...Usually hits the board but two-turns is still something of a question mark.
Ellis Basin.

SIXTH RACE
Hotstufanthensome...Tough call in this race but we'll give a slight nod to this one off of a good debut around two-turns at Delaware. They're always eligible to improve in their second try and if this one does he has a big shot.
Sea Preacher...This one did improve in his second start -- and finished in front of the top pick. Probably has a little less room for improvement than that one now, but wouldn't be a surprise.
Stockholder...Mott 3YO has best last-race Beyer and might take this if able to stretch that talent around two-turns.
Sam Boo.

SEVENTH RACE
Speed Hunter...Another contentious race -- this one gets a tepid vote based on liking the track and trip. Typically shows some improvement second try after a brief layoff.
Simon entry...Either is capable on best. And capable of finishing off the board on less than best.
Shake The Dice...If Lake trainee can continue on recent improving cycle he could prove tough to beat.
Red's Honor.

EIGHTH RACE
Celtic Sky...Came in off of a similar pattern and won this event last year for Clement. Has decent form on soft turf.
Quantum Merit...Has a win over the track. Nice 101 Beyer in seasonal debut three back is one we're hoping she might repeat.
Private Emblem...Last year's Arkansas Derby winner should appreciate return to NY-bred competition.
Statement.
On dirt: Private Emblem, Well Fancied, Sherpa Guide, Captain Nicholas, Cold Blow Lane.

NINTH RACE
Casanova Slammer...Took a liking to the turf last time, winning despite some trouble. Right back for trainer that is solid off the claim.
Lonely Groom...Should be rolling late and we're expecting some improvement off the drop.
I'm A Goer...Another that should appreciate this claiming level.
Kid Kaelin.
On dirt: Secret Run, Kid Kaelin, Sawdust, I'm A Goer, Superlang.


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