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Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Monday, July 30, 2006
Meet Total ... 9-49

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3-10. The rebound that started mid-card on Saturday continued. We pulled down three winners-on-top -- and got squealed out of one more in a photo.

The weekend's very nice weather continued and the spinner-inflated crowd of 46,876 enjoyed sun througout the day.

Street Sense impressed in the G2 Jim Dandy and the Saratoga fans were appreciative. The Kentucky Derby winner got a nice round of applause as he paraded through the paddock before the race -- and again when he returned to the winner's circle afterwards. We followed jockey Calvin Borel on his walk from the winner's circle back to the jocks' room and both sides of the pathway were four or five deep with applauding fans.

After the races things seemed a little quiet at the usual spots and downtown -- as a jumpin' weekend left most folks spent and ready for some rest...


There is a $92K P6 carryover.

Wally world...Was iffy on this guy being able to hold his speed through the lane after 9F -- but he looks to have a pace advantage on these. So we're hoping he can lope along early and thus, still have some gas late.
Stud Muffin...The light bulb seems to have turned on over the last couple.
Stopbluffing...Was close to the pace last time -- better strategy today might be to make a late run.
Raven H.

General Beach...Makes the potent MSW to mdn clm'r move.
Pennant Race...This one is scary -- but confusing. Attracted $190K at a 2YO sale last year. Dam has produced some nice winners. A long time getting to the races -- but working well. But why is he debuting for a $35K tag?!?
Carson Camp...Long time maiden has been second twice since moving into claiming ranks. $375K yealring buy.
Max's Bid.

Leo's Pegasus...Seems to be coming into this in top form. Won in only start over this track.
Lady Joanne...Very talented 3YO is the one to beat.
Altesse...Has looked good in all 2007 starts.
Funny Annie.

Its Ready...With More Than Ready on top this gal might improve on the turf.
Our Dreamette...Just missed last time in an improved second-start.
Boston Cat...Working well.
Press Leak.

Extra Zip...Been knocking on the door with the switch to the grass. We'll looked for added improvement with the jock switch.
Dubliner...Hasn't missed the board yet in six tries -- although seems to like the bridesmaid spot too much. Must get in from AE list.
Typhoon Tycoon...Jumped up on the weeds.
Triple Bogey Blues.
Big City Sports.

Extreme Supreme...Kentucky shippers have been doing OK at the meet. This one looks in good form now.
Hunting...Will be rolling late.
Deputy Indy...Typically picks up a piece.
Grass hopper.

Chestoria...Ended 2006 with two wins after being moved to the turf. Comes in off of long layoff but working well.
Higher Incentive...Should be in the hunt in the lane.
Don't Mind Me...AE lister is another that clearly likes the grass.
Visual Candy.
Love Cove.
Jesse's Justice.

EIGHTH RACE - Amsterdam G2
Most Distinguished...Took awhile to break his maiden but has looked good since -- especially since coming back from the short early-spring break. Recent work could indicate intent.
Out of Gwedda...Could be interesting moving turf-to-dirt.
Forty Grams...Cuts back to a sprint -- and that might be his best game.
Holy Canyon.

Minute of Fame...Augustin/Sheppard runner comes in here from a dull effort at Philly. Team has surprised with such runners here in the past.
Quick Comeback...The one to catch.
Straight Romance...Improving Beyers since springtime.
John's Song.

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