Equidaily Racing Journal

Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Meet Total ... 36-120

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3-9. Winners in the 1st [$8.60], 2nd [$4.70], and 6th [$6.20]. With the winners in R1-2 we obviously also had the early double cold [$22.20/$2]. We had the cold exacta in the 1st [$36.60]. Our top two reversed for a fairly lucrative $50,00 exacta in the 7th. And as usual, if you dipped a little deeper and/or played around with the selections a little bit, there were a few more gimmicks available.

A decent Monday crowd of 15,466 was on hand. It was a lazy, humid summer afternoon -- one of the very few such days in upstate New York in 2009.

The day started with a charity autograph session featuring some retired NFL players. They attracted a long line of fans seeking signatures.

Hope you had a chance to catch our Capital OTB-TV program Call to the Post on Monday morning [available reach Monday at 10:30am Et on cable systems throughout upstate and in the NYC area during the Saratoga race meet, and streamed live on the Capital OTB website]. Guests Monday included Mine That Bird's trainer Chip Woolley and DRF's Glenye Cain Oakford. Glenye really tipped viewers off to some of the hip numbers to watch at Monday and Tuesday's Fasig-Tipton sale. And the horses she named for Monday turned out to be right on the money [literally!].

A real who's who of racing turned out for Monday night's session at the Fasig-Tipton pavilion just a short walk down the street from the track. The warm and humid temps from the afternoon continued into the evening, drawing a large crowd of onlookers to the newly renovated facility and grounds. We'll write a little more about it tomorrow.


Dark day. No racing.

The Fasig-Tipton yearling sales continue tonight. The sales pavilion is located on East Avenue, just down the street from the track, and the public is invited to attend. The sale kicks off at 6pm. For a racing fan Monday night's sale was fun to attend with recognizable faces from the racing industry and media sprinkled liberally throughout the crowd.


If we are interested in both halves of an entry -- in event of a scratch -- it is noted that way [in other words, both halves are named]. If only one-half of the entry is named, then we prefer that half and will move to our next pick listed [rather than the other half of the entry] in event of a scratch.

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