Equidaily Racing Journal

Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Friday, August 10, 2006
Meet Total ... 31-133

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3-9. Didn't knock 'em dead but we're inching back to respectability with the winners-on-top percentages after getting off to a slow start at the meet. Again, playing aournd with the selections offered some gimmick-value. The best of those might have been the boxed tri in the 8th using the top three picks [97.00/$2].

20,179 enjoyed yet another nice day at the track. Sunny, warm and the humidity dipped to confortable levels.

On Thursday evening a good crowd turned out at Saratoga High School to watch a group of jockeys take on a group of fifth-graders in basketball. These weren't ordinary fifth-graders however, this was the nation's 5th-ranked AAU team with a reconrd of 105-3! It was a great game and a good night as the two teams battled down to the wire. It was a 1-point game within the last two minutes but the jocks made some clutch plays to pull off the victory. Eibar Coa, Kent Desormeaux, Norberto Arroyo and Mike Luzzi showed that they're familiar with the roundball! And Todd Pletcher coached an A-game. Also playing for the jocks: John Velazquez, Garrett Gomez, Channing Hill and others. In the audience: Christophe Clement, Shug McGaughey, Bill Mott, Terry Finley, Cot Campbell, Roy and Gretchen Jackson, and plenty more. It was a really fun affair and the purpose was to raise money for the Andrew Lakeman Fund.


Looks like rain on Friday.


Lorccan...Seems to fit well at this level.
La Danian...Third off of a brief layoff and last was best yet.
Rich Mountain...Got hooked early last time. Might last longer today.
Super Hero.


Who Fu...Showed nice improvement start #1 to start #2. Both races were productive with next-out winners. $300K yearling purchase tries dirt but could be tough if she takes to the surface.
Inda...Ran well in 2007 debut and might be even better today.
Silent Street...Should be rolling late.
Contessa entry.


Palmilla...Sheppard/Augustin runner will need to step it up, but that's not out of the question for horses these connections run here.
Jade Queen...G1-placed and plenty of early speed from Pletcher.
Wingspan...Ran well in Group races in France and won her US debut. Very dangerous.
On dirt: Warrior Girl, Daytime Promise, Arosa.


Treasure Mountain...Ran a good second vs open company in career debut. Tardy early but closed well in next-out. Let's toos the turf experiment last time and look for a rebound to the good prior form.
Rodeo Hand...Ran well last year -- albeit better on turf. Can contend if ready.
Bringhomeawinner...You can do worse than go with the fresh face in a field like this.
Front Money.


Hesanoldsalt...Ran second to Invasor at Gulfstream. Looks better than these.
Minister's Bid...Could be set to run a big one.
Student Council...Seldom runs poorly.
Malibu Moonshine.


Bar City...Trainer had a nice 2YO winner yesterday so the barn could be ready to roll.
Upper Level...Sire's off to a nice start. Long string of nice-looking works for this.
Kimmel entry...Remarkable Remy preferred -- but must get in from AE list. $200K as a yearling which is a good chunk of change for a NY-bred.
Laurens Go Go.
All the Rightnotes.


Pasqualina...Low percentage trainer is a little scary -- but this one is capable on best.
Tzipi...Back into the 'conditional level.
In Command...Ram well at this level two back. Dull last time but worked well in prep for this.
Hurricane Annie.


Christies Treasure...Pletcher filly just seems a little better than these.
Pay Wright...Solid career so far -- including some nice stakes tries. Faced the boys last time and was beaten by English Colony and that one won here yesterday.
Shesa Little Flirt...Interesting stretching out off of the two synthetic sprints.
Unspoken Word.
On dirt: Awesome Ashley, Intentional Fever, Olivine, Dorm Fever, Dinner Break, Shesa Little Flirt, Drama Lady.

Race Nine

Dubliner...When horses becomes stuck in the bridesmaid role they become scary -- but this one just looks best here.
Typhoon Tycoon...AE lister. Should be closing.
You Sure...Another likely to be rolling late.
Sacred City.
Keen Irish.
On dirt: Fiddlers Warrior, You Sure, Typhoon Tycoon, Keen Irish, Sacred City, Cardiff Road.

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