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Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Sunday, July 30, 2006
Meet Total ... 10-38

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2-10. We've said it before -- we're happy to live by the "scorecard" of winners-on-top, but beyond that our goal is to give out some good info and yesterday was a perfect example. We went 2-10 on top [7th, $3.70; 8th, $9.60] -- but in the 1st our top two flip-flopped and while that meant we couldn't put a checkmark in the "winners on top" column, at 13-1 and 6-1 it was a juicy $240.50.$2 exacta and our fourth pick completed the $719.00/$2 tri. You don't need many like that to make for a good week...


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Cats Copy...Was putting up some nice numbers this spring. Last couple not quite as good -- but might appreciate the slight drop.
Deed...Another that was going well prior to latest and might be set for a rebound.
Hapid Ralo...As opposed to the top two, this guy is coming off of a solid effort.
Speedy Deedy.
On dirt; Game Card, Great Dame, Cats Copy, Hapid Ralo.

French Transition...Stable got off to a hot start at the meet last year and the breeding, works, and connections say this guy might be ready to pop at first asking.
Holiday Trip...Solid string of works -- topped by a big move just three days ago.
Equal/Lattice... Equal goes out for Mott and also fired a nice work this week. Lattice also interesting from Mott.
Romp/Gilded Castle.

Silver Wagon...Fired a dud in his only 2006 start, so he's no lock -- but has run well on this track and has a slight class edge on his best. Question is: will we see his best?
Saint Daimon...3YO facing older but looks capable of being heard from.
Dashboard Drummer...Game competitor is usually in the mix.
Stolen Time.

December Dodger...Two nice, improving efforts at Monmouth. Goes out for Dutrow, gets Prado, capable to get it done today.
Contessa entry...Forest Star is by the sire Forest Camp -- and that one got off to a rousing start last year. Still have to take note of that name with 2YOs. Sweet Flyight showed some speed in debut.
Cherokee Dreamer...Fired a big number in latest.
My Belonging.

Meet the Cat...Wow -- check the breeding: Storm Cat/Excellent Meeting. Could be any kind. Gets extra credit with Biancone on her side.
Kauai Calls...$2 mil purchase at the yearling sale here last year. Goes out for the Asmussen operation [he's on suspension].
AP Dream...Another one with super breeding.
Sun Shower.

Tamberino...Has been showing plenty of speed on dirt. Will be tough if takes to turf -- but note that sire is Freud and that one is a full-bro to Giant's Causeway, so this one should go well on the grass.
Christina's Melody...Three improving efforts this year. Adds blinkers. Bullets work for this. Must overcome the outside post.
Nina Marie...Has flashed some early speed on occasion.
Red Snoony.
On dirt: Tamberino, Christina's Melody, Shoot the Bugler, Tatooma.

Graeme Central...Trainer has done well here in the past with NY-breds sold at 2YO sales.
Vilify...Solid strings of work for debut.
Mixed Doubles...Looks capable of moving up in her second start.
Old Hussy.

One Good Man...AE lister. Has won a race since... July 29 at Saratoga last year! But has been going well since spring.
Couth...Turf is obviously her preferred surface and like the top pick she's been going well lately.
Goodtimes At Home...Off since September but is clearly capable if ready.
Fling in Deauville.
Good Going Darl.
On dirt: Couth, Good Going Darl, Fling in Deauville, Big Boo, Immersed in Gold.

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Oonagh Maccool...Probably will need to step it up a little Beyer-wise, but hey, she's still lightly-raced and should be able to improve in that area.
Take D'Tour...The one to beat off of the two graded wins at Belmont.
Pool Land...6-5-0-0 lifetime and could be special. We'll know more today.
Spun sugar.

Carriage Trail...Just has the look of one that's ready to pop.
Forest Code...Would expect Johnny V to force the pace from the rail -- and might be tough to catch.
Captiva Bay...AE lister. Mott trainee ran two good ones here last year. Off awhile though.
Pure Incentive...AE lister.
Calla Lily.
On dirt: Champagne Truffles, Generosity, Clear Distinction, Madame Diva.

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