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Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Meet Total ... 86-285

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2-9. Two winners on top (7th, $4.20; 8th, $3.80). Our second selection won both the 7th and the 9th so there were very playable picks and doulbes in the mix. The 6-7th daily double paid $30.60/$2. The late double paid $21.20. The final P3 was $84.50 and the P4 $327.00. In the featured G3 Ballston Spa it was our top pick over our fourth choice and second selection for a very nice tri ($120.00) despite the winner being the 4-5 fave.

On-track, a season low of 12,376 attended. The early forecast was for showers but the day turned out to be nice. No rain. Some sun. Mostly cloudy, but warm. And some of that humidity returned. The crowd had the pleasure of seeing Australian champion Alinghi make her US debut for trainer Bobby Frankel. She was pointed to a small stake earlier in the meet but that race didn't fill so they tried her in the G3 Ballson Spa at 8.5F although her best trip seems to be 6-8F. The added distance proved to be absolutely no problem as jockey Edgar Prado sat her mid-pack early and then asked her about midway on the far turn. She made steady progress to reach the leader by about the eighth pole and then went on by to win off by more than a length against a very talented bunch.

Spotted walking through the Siro's backyard after the races was TV's Bob Neumeier.


Dark day. No racing.


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