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Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Meet Total ... 81-296

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Swagger Stick/Orpington...Swagger Stick ran a good second in a similar event last time. Orpington was probably over-matched in the G2 stake.
Prep School...Beaten fave last time -- but had an excuse. Expect better today.
Looks Good Junic...Flat race last time should have him primed for a good effort.

Solutionist...Showed speed before a serious fade in debut. Drops in for a tag today which could provide some needed class relief.
Thats a Good Thing...Just missed last time. Adds blinkers today.
Frosty Diamond...Well behind Thats a Good Thing in latest -- but improving and capable of continuing to do so.
Cherokee Bull.

Ofcr Sheila T Rex...Wouldn't be shocked to see improvement with the class drop.
Majestic Moon...Some of the works are OK and wouldn't have to be a world-beater to debut well against this bunch.
Cinfully Hooked...Another firster that might find this a good spot to make her first start.
Calling My Colors.

Golden Man...Claimed two back by Levine and then just missed at MTH. Takes a step up the claiming ladder but he's been running well this season and that, combined with the connections, offer just enough for a slight nod in a tough race.
Indian Hawke...Might just run away with this on the class drop.
Introspect...Capable in here if he fires a good one today.
Sony Pajamas.

Majestic Blue...Worked in 10.1 prior to 2YO sale earlier this year -- same as a nice winner from these same connections on Monday.
Mayor Marv...Hard to ignore the snappy string of works.
Madison Heights...Debut looks like one to build on.
Charlott Humor.

Stream of Gold/Leo...Hmmm, Stream of Gold tossed in a clunker last time and now goes for a tag. What to make of that... Should have a class-edge if all the wheels are still on. Leo comes off of a nice win at Delaware and should fit with these.
Moonshine Hall...Should be rolling late -- and that's been effective on this course recently.
Bullara...Picks up a piece more often than not.
True Dancer.

Freedom Rings/Dancing Daisy...AE listers. Entry ran close-up second and third last time and should either should prove formidable if they make it into the gate.
Our Golden Dream...Breeding looks a little bit interesting and a couple of the works are intriguing as well.
Grace's Valentine...Also has some breeding that could offer potential.
Elegant Bess.

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Rewrite...We used her on top two and a half weeks ago but the closing kick wasn't quite good enough over the yielding turf. Look for a rebound today.
Latitude Forty...Running well now and beat top pick last time. Dangerous.
Love Cove...Usually in the hunt.
Nehantic Kat.

Formidable...Just can't ignore the string of fast works.
He Struck It Rich...Improving -- Beyer-wise.
Distortedamusement...Eligible to come out running.
Excess Capital.

Howdyamissthisone...Iffy selection -- but perhaps has finally figured it out. Broke maiden vs open company in New Jersey. Now back against state-breds. Has run well on this track before.
Piazza Di Spagna...Will be flying late -- but will it be too late?
Unflagging...Nice win in debut. Certainly won't need to improve much to repeat against this bunch.
Criminal power.

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