Equidaily Racing Journal

Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Sunday, August 7, 2005
Meet Total ... 32-94

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1-10. The trend for Week Two continued -- but it's just one of those streaks we have to muddle through. It will turn around. We'd be worried if the handicapping was at fault but it's just of matter of zigging when they're zagging as our top pick ran second in six races yesterday, and our second choice won three. Coming into the lane we were live -- and with some decent prices -- many times on Saturday. We'll turn the corner.

One winner on top (3rd, $6.30). And there was the usual mix of gimmicks of picks.

On-track, a large crowd of 32,287 turned out on another beautiful afternoon. Sunny and hot -- but without the humidity of earlier in the week.

In the G1 Test Leave Me Alone was an impressive winner coming out of a win at Calder in the G3 Azalea. Based in Socal she's now put together two super impressive graded stakes wins and compiled a career record of 8-5-1-0. And in the G1 Whitney it was Commentator -- making the most out of a track that was kind to speed -- sprinting to a nice lead early in fast fractions and then holding off the favorite, Saint Liam, for a neck win. That gives him an incredible lifetime mark of 8-7-0-0 and makes him a force to be reckoned with in the division.

Also, former jockey Ron Turcotte was on-track manning a Secretariat memorabilia booth out by the jockeys' room.
And worth mentioning, Noble Causeway was entered in an alw race after the controversial gate-scratch in the Jim Dandy last week, was pulled up before getting around the clubhouse turn and was vanned off.


Free T-shirts with every paid admission while supplies last. And it's NFL Legends Day with autograph opportunities with some former gridiron greats.

No Theatrics...A decent try here on Opening Day -- against the likes of two potential future stakes performers, Shakespeare and Whale. Drops in today for a tag and should find this group easier.
Approved by Dylan...Made the requisite move forward in the Dutrow barn.
Gray Suitor...Like top pick was facing better last time. Should appreciate move in for a tag.
Sideways Glance.

Happy Hunting...McGaughey 4YO has put in two impressive tries and looks set-up for a good run today.
Truer Than True...Should be able to build on decent debut.
Admiralty Island...Expect this Frankel trainee to come out running.
War Marshall.

Moon's Halo...In a tough field of five -- all coming off of nice debut wins -- this one should be able to sit a nice stalking trip.
Trippi Appeal...Won first-try like a 6-5 shot should.
Sharp Humor...Impressive win -- albeit against state-breds.
First Samurai.

Zero Probability...Some good turf, two-turn experience last time. Velazquez sticks and she might get it done with modest improvement.
Irish Princess...Finished ahead of top pick last time and is the one to beat. In good form and goes out for red-hot trainer.
Shady Lane...Plenty of early speed.
Angel Dancer.

Espanola Way...In a race where none jump off the page we'll go with the proven connections: Pletcher/Velazquez.
Gabriela's Rose...Solid debut and nice work for this.
Western Flair...Good debut on dirt at Calder. Don't ignore.
Chianti Red.

Jacks Express...Really improved since moving to turf.
Exalted Cat...Pretty consistent and should fit with this field.
Quite Confidential...Showing nice improvement in each start this year.
Great South Bay.
Dixie Baghdad.

Magnolia Jackson...Super debut despite trouble. First-time lasix and nice work for this.
Cavan Success...Might have used this gal on top but jock is on an oh-fer.
Magic Belle...Expect a rebound to good form with Prado onboard.
Hoosick Falls.
Queen for a Knight.

La Dolce Vita...Good, steady improvement in four starts this year and seems set for top effort.
Silver Charades...Good try facing the boys in Canada last time and is the one to beat.
Flawless Treasure...Another showing improving form.
Silver Strings.

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Silver Train...Stepped up after move into Dutrow barn. And stepped way, way up last time. A repeat takes this.
Vicarage...A little bit inconsistent but went well this trip and age group last time.
Santana Strings...See a couple of tries against Lost in the Fog in the PPs. Won stake this trip in latest.
Going Wild.

The Rodeo Express...Tough call here. We like some experience at the trip, and this one has plenty -- but the post position won't help.
Chez Audra...Similar scenario. Last time this surface and trip, she won. But the outside post is no bonus.
Ms Trick Or Treat...She's got the experience at the trip, and a better post -- but not a lot of success recently.
Show Ready.
Red Snoony/Indelible Image.

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