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Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Wednesday, August 23, 2005
Meet Total ... 70-226

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Toughkenamon...Looks to have been over-matched in a couple stakes -- went well here in alw company last time.
The Looper...A solid flat performer last year. Took a couple to get the knack of this game but now seems to have the hang of it.
Latino...Similar to The Looper this guy had some talent on the flat and is now showing some talent over the jumps.
Erin Go Bragh.

Grand Consequence...Connections have gone a little cool since Week One -- but they're a win-early team with a 2YO sired by a win-early sire.
Unbridled Tale...Just a couple lengths behind Ex Caelis in debut and that one scored here nicely on Sunday.
Ashley Brilliance...Showing some nice works.
Rasta Farian.

Smoke Em Again...Gained some good experience in debut and then had trouble in follow-up. Should be set-up to go well with those under his belt.
Harrigan...Solid second in first try. Could be tough if able to move forward.
North East Storm...Three eye-popping turf works leading into this.
Abbe's Chestnut.
Yankee Master.
On dirt: Same -- using Mott entry for Abbe's Chestnut's position.

Goes...Have to admit to real trepidation using one that ran so badly last time -- but we'll hope he appreciated the experience over the track. Drops to lowest level and that could trigger a wake-up to previous form. Should be plenty of speed so we'd like to see a replay of stalking trip two back.
Retrospect...Last two have been solid tries at this level including a good second here on 7/27. Winner that day has since repeated.
Four Dollar Limit...Seasonal debut showed some promise -- but follow-up was a dud. Another that needs to improve on the drop.
Storm N Lightning.

Frankel entry...We've used Seattle Borders on top at least a couple of times at this meet, only to see him scratch. Graded stakes winner last year should go well at this level if all four wheels are still on. Bas Repetitas is another who was a stakes performer at one time and now drops to lowest level.
Dutrow entry...Peace Emblem -- trainer red-hot at the meet and this one looks well-spotted. Mr Pleasantfar is better than last.
America's Guy...Nice improvement start one to start two this season.
Minds Locked.
No Parole.
On dirt: Seattle Borders, Tidal Wave, Peace Emblem, No Parole.

Yellow Eyes...Ships in from Del Mar to face state-breds. Works indicate she's ready for debut.
Smokinatthefinish...Smoke Glacken's always dangerous first-time out.
Snow Alert...Decent debut despite some trouble at the start.
Red Hot Rose.
Bella Dorato.

Comacina...Returned from a long layoff to win big at Monmouth. Could be tough if that effort indicates she's improved with the time off.
Miss Coronado...Graded stakes winner earlier this year. Frankel/Velazquez. Dangerous.
Seeking the Ante...Probably over-matched in the three G1's but will be in the mix here.
Pommes Frites.

EIGHTH RACE -- Albany $150K
Blue Sunday...Has shot two 100+ Beyers in last three races. Question mark is the fade job those races book-ended. We're going to hope he just needed a little more seasoning and the trip wasn't the reason for getting caught at seven panels.
Accountforthegold...Shipped in from Canada to demolish a pretty good NY-bred field in NY Derby.
Naughty New Yorker...Comes from way out of it and that might work against him here -- although Chowder's First sure looked good closing to win last week. Pace will be the key for this one.
Gold and Roses.

Sugar Plum Girl...Had a short layoff earlier and has a string of nice improving Beyers since return. Behind Giant Redwood last time and that one was good a winner here last Wednesday.
Mystical Honor...Also in that Giant Redwood race and has himself put together two nice tries off a layoff.
Tar Heel Dame...Expect this Mott runner to improve in her second start. Also like the 7F workout.
Honey Gold.
On dirt: Pleasant Laughter, Marchonin, Tar Heel Dame, Royal Tromp'e, Sugar Plum Girl, Saint's Play, Baby Needs Shoes, The Queens' Stamp.

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