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Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Sunday, August 6, 2006
Meet Total ... 20-86

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1-10. One winner on top [3rd, $3.60]. A little bit of action otherwise, but mostly something of a struggle on Saturday.

Probably the all-around best day of the meet with the largest crowd [29,918] and excellent weather. Sunny, warm and less humid than previously. Secretariat's jockey Ron Turcotte was on-hand to sign autographs outside of the jocks room and had plenty of fans gathering 'round most of the afternoon. ESPN has [smartly] moved their main broadcast position from the clubhouse turn to a platform in front of the grandstand -- which puts Kenny Mayne, Randy Moss and Jerry Bailey in the thick of the action.

A solid win -- and another exciting razor-thin finish -- in the G1 Whitney with Invasor just edging a late closing Sun King. Invasor is now 3-3 since arriving stateside and his win yesterday makes him the east coast leader in a division where Lava Man probably has to be recognized as the leader.

After the races big crowds at both Siro's and The Horseshoe. At Siro's Guardian Angel Curtis Sliwa was spotting enjoying the atmosphere.


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Provincetown...Iffy proposition in that he hasn't shown much in three starts this year -- but he has solid past form and a couple of good stakes tries over this track last season.
Steve's Thunder...Got in a little tightener in one of the Open House races. Might be interesting moving in from state-bred alw races.
Gryffindor...Also has been knocking around NY-bred alw races -- but last couple were over the jumps and the trainer has made this move successfully before.
Cranky Pants.

De Lucia...High-priced at a 2YO sale. Bred to be precocious. Blasi leads the Asmussen stable while he's on suspension -- and they are good first-out.
Elusive Value...Well-bred and win-early connection -- plus a couple of promising works leading into this.
Wollaston Bay...Experience counts -- and this guy was solid in his debut.
Gowden Mile.

Papua...Just missed the last time he ran for a tag.
Dutrow entry...Fines Creek tossed in a little bit of a dud last time but had some trouble -- and a rebound to previous form makes him the one to beat. Theatrical Glory should be competitive at this level.
Lake entry...Symmetron is preferred in his current good form. Karakorum Patriot ran a big one two back that will put him in the thick of it.
Crafty Cammack.

Smokeyjonessutton...Was on a solid pattern of improving numbers before the turf experiment last time.
Fairbanks...Ran best yet when switched to dirt.
Monsoon Rain...Have a feeling this guy is better than his Us record indicates.
Dubai Gold/Cotton King.

Broadway Produer...Stretched out last time after two sprints -- an angle we like -- and ran third. Sometimes the next race is an improvement. We'll see.
Parading...Beaten fave in a decent debut. He would be no surprise today.
Act of Contrition...Just missed after opening a lead last time. Now cuts back a furlong.

Prime Honor..Beyers are going backwards -- but might be ready to jump up now that she's stringing a few together. Picks up Desormeaux who's having a solid meet.
The End Is Clear...4YO season hasn't been as good as last year -- but might wake-up with move to the Spa.
Classic Expression...Expect a solid try coming off the good sprint try.
Dancy's Angel.

Song for the Best...5YO won late career debut at Delaware in June. That effort was just so impressive that a repeat should be enough to move through this condition.
Dutrow entry...Diamond Stripes closed like a freight train to win first start. Holly Time has two big Beyers on her resume.
Sinkwich...Has gotten the hang of it.

EIGHTH RACE - NY Stallion $150K
Metro Meteor...Stretches out off of two solid sprints.
Running Dog...His best race was arguably his lone turf try.
Speaking Out...Three nice races on turf this year.
Classic Pack.

NINTH RACE - Fourstardave G2 $150K
Artie Schiller...Sure he hasn't won in two 2006 starts but numbers indicate he's still the real deal and his win on this track last year was one gutsy performance.
Remarkable News...Lightly raced 4YO has plenty of promise and two big works coming into this.
Ashkal Way...3-3 since arriving here.
Diamond Green.

Eden's Causeway...Should appreciate move in NW1 ranks from a stake.
Mary Cat...Last could signal a wake-up call.
Hermance...The numbers she's been running makes her very dangerous.
Maxine's Hymn.
Its Just a Dream.

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