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Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Thursday, August 31, 2006
Meet Total ... 81-287

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4-9. Four winners on top [4th, $4.90; 5th, $3.30; 7th, $4.20; 9th, $5.20]. Also, with our second selections winning the 6th and the 8th, the $804.00/$2 P6 included four top choices and those two second picks.

We are still on course to reach the century-mark with a win-out average of just about four-per-day.

The day started cool and cloudy but by post time things were looking up and the afternoon was very pleasant, sunny and warm. Things were relaxed and comfortable with a modest crowd of 12,255 attending. By evening the temps had cooled down but it was still pleasant and there were plenty of people strolling up and down Broadway in downtown Saratoga -- as well as dining on restaurants outdoor patios.


La Coruna...Decent winning debut effort back in May for $45K. Flopped in two follow-ups in alw company. Gets a tepid vote to wake-up while dropping back in for a tag. In a race without much pace we're hoping the last two workouts have this gal set to run early.
Gebb's Chequer...AE lister. Might rate as top choice but, as noted, there isn't much pace in here to compliment her late kick.
Sciacca entry...Marias Locket is preferred off the AE list. Ran decently in her first try at this level. Shining Wood shows a nice work and might appreciate this company.
Sarah's Cash.
On dirt: Sweetsouthernheat, Sarah's Cash, Bunnabunnabunna, Judy Liner S, La Coruna.

Dram...In a wide-open event we can make a decent case for probably six of these -- but we'll take this one looking for some improvement in his second start of the season. Beyer bumped up nicely last time indicating he might have returned with a little added maturity. Showed good speed going 7F and might be set-up to take them all the way with the cutback to 6F.
Proveyourlove...A repeat of the last puts him in the thick of this.
Colonial Note...Cost over $1 mil at a 2YO sale last year. That attracts our attention -- and could indicate he's good to go here -- but the long wait until the debut raises some red flags.
Greek King.

Kauai Calls...Solid debut for $2 mil yearling purchase. Could be any kind -- and we'll know more today.
Five Star Daydream...Had some trouble and still won nicely in her second career start. Another that has plenty of potential at this point.
Cherokee Sheik...Also has done well overcoming trouble. and could be a good one.
This Just In.

Mott entry...Block should have gotten some good education from the career debut. Saint Pegasus must get in from the AEs but looks capable of contending on the stretchout.
Kim's Concern...Sire does well with debut runner [albeit not so well first-time turf]. Works look OK.
Mama Bear...AE lister. Finished just behind top pick in debut and also should benefit from the experience.
Way Sassy.
Whole Emblem.
Time Is Tight.
On dirt: Ochre, Mostbeautifulstorm, Kim's Concern, Block/Saint Pegasus, Time Is Tight, County Leitrim.

Life Savior...Has shown an affinity for this track. Ran third and was claimed last time -- comes right back for price of the claim.
Sheer Silk...Took a similar bunch all the way last time.
Traumatic...Another that should show some early foot.
Mark Aim fire.

SIXTH RACE - Dynasty $70K
Meribel...Looks to be on the improve and should transition to this minor stake well if that trend continues.
Pure Incentive...AE lister. Second in a small stake against the boys last time and looks like the one to beat -- if she gets in.
Rasta Farian...One of a handful in here with early speed -- which we hope sets things up for our top two. some of that speed is likely to hang on, we'll take this one to do so.
On dirt: Somethinaboutbetty, Better Now, Crystal Current, Pure Incentive.

Precision Perfect...Looks like a contentious race -- but without a lot of early pace. Perhaps this one can sneak away and be tough to catch late.
Fairway Drive...Turf-to-dirt. He's shown some early interest in the past as well -- and the blinkers should reinforce that today.
Coney Island King...Moves in against state-breds here. Has been facing open company -- but cheap open company.
Raff and Tumble.

EIGHTH RACE - NY Turf Writers Hcp G1 $150K
Hirapour...The 164-pound package should not be discounted but this guy looked super winning the earlier jump stake at the meet. Wouldn't argue with those taking a stand against however -- he has to carry that weight another 5/16ths today.
Mixed Up...Comes in for crafty trainer Sheppard off of two jump stakes wins.
Top of the Bill...Solid in five starts over the hurdles.
Mark the Shark.

Lady Rizzi...Hard to argue with the trainer having won 5-of-8 starts at this meet going 5.5F on turf.
Tomorrow's Nano...The one to beat off of a couple of near misses.
Rausehenbachs Halo...Has been in the hunt recently.
Daybeforeher B'day.
One Traveler.

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