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Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Wednesday, August 2, 2006
Meet Total ... 14-57

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Suave Queen... Can't have much confidence in a horse with only one race in nearly two years -- but most in this event have some flaws. This one goes out for Dutrow, might benefit from that last start, makes a drop, and put in a nice work on 7/21. Tepid vote.
Rock Fever...A couple of third-place finishes in each of the last two seasons... Again, not much to go on here but looks like a contender on her best.
Lake entry... Both Red Queen and Say Hey Willie have some early foot.
Sunshine Johanne.

Admiral Bird...Went for $250K earlier this year. Bred for the turf and the trainer does well there also.
Tsunamic...2YO from Pletcher/Velazquez. 'Nuff said.
Romans entry...Both Plunder an Pillage and Lights of Broadway look interesting stretching out off of dirt sprints.
Graduating Class.
Al Basha.

She's Indy Money...Clearly talented and should still have some upside potential.
Ex Caelis...Seems well-placed and note the trouble lines. Could move up with a clean trip.
Dina...Has been firing some big numbers on turf.
A Bit of Pressure.

Sugar Slam...NY-bred should find some seriously class relief here after knocking heads last year with Euro turfers.
Bachelornumberone...Showed marked improvement with move to grass.
Strikeuptheblues...AE lister. Could be tough on the stretchout.
Roscommon Express.
Path of Perfection.
General Congress.

My Own Story...Needs to step it up a little Beyer-wise, but sometimes that happens with move out of MSW ranks.
Gospel Singer...Probably would rate as top pick expect for clunker last time -- and come from behind tactics might prove a disadvantage here, although blinkers should help.
Burletta...This gal could prove interesting coming into this off of the dirt sprints.

Reaffirm...Precociously-bred from early-win trainer. Adds up.
Elusive Value...Another with the breeding to get the job done first-time out of the box.
Wollaston Bay...Eligible to improve of the nice debut.

SEVENTH RACE - Ashado $70K
Summerly...Really went round-and-round on this one before settling here. She's no lock but might have the slightest of class edges.
Yolanda B Too...Likes the track. Comes in in top form. Dangerous -- but still has to verify her two-turn ability.
In the Gold...Debating using her on top because her closing kick could prove useful today -- but yeesh, just hasn't shown a whole lot as a 4YO. Yet.
Dance Fee.

EIGHTH RACE - NY Stallion $150K
Metro Meteor...Love the set-up, stretching out after two good sprints. But note that the trainer isn't really strong there. Tread lightly.
Classic Pack...Been going well in NY-bred dirt stakes. Tough if able to hold form on grass.
Speaking Out...Still a maiden but actually looks like he fits with these.
Running Dog.

Pay Attention...Claimed two back. Looks like they learned a little something about him in last and now drop to a spot that looks like it should be in his comfort zone.
Run Red Run...2-2. Takes another step up the condition ladder - but this group has no world-beaters.
Shuffling Maddnes...Second in rich NY-bred stake at F'Lakes in latest. 3YO facing older -- but he's beaten the elders already.

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