Equidaily Racing Journal

Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Thursday, August 4, 2005
Meet Total ... 25-66

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Our quote from yesterday was prophetic: ...beware. Don't take the inheritance to the track. This card looks like a money-eater. Very contentious. It proved to be a tough afternoon for us on the win-end with only a single victor (5th, $3.90). However, our second choice won another four races. And we just missed in both of the jump races as our top pick took what looked to be a winning lead in the stretch only to be run down late. Also, there were enough gimmicks available using the picks yesterday that we hope readers still wound up happy... In the 3rd our top three boxed (exacta, $22.40/$2; tri, $44.80). With our top pick winning the 5th and our other three right behind there was plenty of action (exacta, $19.00; tri, $32.20; super, $59.50). And if you were looking to "get out" in the nightcap and boxed the picks it was a happy drive home as it was our second, third and fourth picks in order for the $143.50 exacta and $856.00 tri.

A nice crowd of 16,921 opened Week Two. The enjoyed nice weather early, sunny and hot, with some humidity. But by mid-card it started to rain and got heavy between the 5th and 6th races. That caused the 7th to be moved off the turf. There was some more rain in the evening so keep your eyes open for track conditions early on Thursday.


Mombo Loco...Really rounded into good form this spring. Claimed last time and off over a month. Nice work for this on 7/28.
Lake entry...We might regret not putting Maybry's Boy on top. He won here very easily on 7/28 -- but this is the kind that often comes back and eats a lot of money. The win was against cheaper and might set him up for a bounce. Then again maybe not. Interesting. Jumpstarteris another first-off the claim for Lake (like Maybry's Boy) and trainer is strong in that category.
Mountain General...An intriguing part of this puzzle. Could run away from these on the drop down the claiming ladder.

Lyphard's River...Breeding might move this one up on the lawn.
Immersed in Gold...Well-bred. Steady works. Could be ready in debut effort.
Donk entry...Both Beacon Court and Heights have license to improve in their second starts.
Saturday's Cat.
On dirt: Immersed in Gold, Saturday's Cat, Heights.

Broadway View...Running behind Alumni Hall, L'Oiseau d'Argent, and Willard Straight lately. Drops in against $50K claimers and should appreciate this company.
Dutrow entry...Grendel drops. Limero first-off the claim. Velazquez and Prado ride. The duo to beat.
Light Night...Improving in five starts this year.

Unobstructed View...Pletcher/Velazquez firster has been working steadily at Jersey shore.
Sky Island...Debut on turf. Now makes a turf to dirt move for trainer with strong second-start stats.
Ballymist...Solid worktab for debut.

Jetastik...Decent debut, showed speed and faded after trouble at start. They're always eligible to improve in their second start.
Fiddlers Star ...AE lister could sneak away early and take them all the way.
Expensive Lesson...Looks capable of being in the mix with this bunch.
Stag Dancer.
Secretly Free.
On dirt: Jetastik, Win Early, Fiddlers Star, Losin Suzin.

Rahy's Chance...Has been racing well all year. Worst effort was an OK fifth behind Cacht Wells and that one won the G2 Bowling Green last month.
Battle Chant...Euro-shipper was successful in US debut. Scary.
Smart Growth...Readers of this page know we always like trainer Jonathon Sheppard in Saratoga. This guy probably has to step it up a bit -- but bullet work on Monday says the screws are tightened.
Tempered Steel.
On dirt: Record Buster, Win With Beck, Smart Growth, Grumman.

Sinister G...Plenty of early speed -- but also capable of stalking if it suits. Johnny V onboard.
Separato...Afleet Alex team of Ritchey/Rose make their first Spa start of 2005. Ships in from Delaware off some good tries.
Trapped Again...Another Delaware shipper. Showed speed, had some traffic trouble, held second in stake last time.
Evening Attire/Dr Rockett.

EIGHTH RACE -- Statue of Liberty NYSS $250K
Karakorum Splendor...Beyer figs seem to tower over this field -- but those are sprint numbers. Question mark stretching around two turns but should have enough against this bunch.
Avery Hall...Faced open company in a small stake at Monmouth last time. Looks second best here.
Dynamo Hum...Probably needs to step it up -- but in capable hands.

Blue Sunday...Eye-popping debut win here last summer. Was off until March when he just missed in NW1. Then moved into this condition and won big. Third in stake last time. Looks good moving back into a condition he has already conquered.
Precise Motion...Has a couple of good efforts under his belt this summer and trainer off to a hot start at meet.
Wamp...Hasn't missed an exacta finish since his debut. Live in here as well.
Special Jet.

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