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Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Monday, August 17, 2009
Meet Total ... 47-171

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3-11. Winners in the 4th [$4.40], 5th [$12.00], and 10th [$3.80]. It wasn't a home-run but it was a nice rebound after the ice-cold Saturday. Besides the winners we had the cold exacta and tri in the 4th [$9.30/$2, $31.00]. In the 5th our top and fourth selections ran to their positions, bookending our second and third picks which flip-flopped in the place-show spots -- that brought back a $64.50 exacta, $304.00 tri, and $1002.00 super. In the 6th the second and third selections completed the $22.00 exacta. And in the nightcap our third pick won, over our second selection -- but with the second selection going off at 12-1 it was certainly playable as a box and the exacta returned a generous $70.00 [the 3-horse exacta box was a play on the Bankroll page.

Attendance was listed at 52,435 but it was significantly juiced up by the 'spinners' that went through the gate multiple times in order to get take advantage of the free T-shirt giveaway. The actual crowd seemed sparse for a Sunday -- and it dwindled noticeably as the day progressed. The reason: Stifling heat.

About an hour and a half after the finale there was a heavy, but relatively brief, rainstorm in town. After the string of nice weather over the past couple of weeks you would have to think that the turf courses probably appreciated the water and should be fine for Monday -- but keep an eye on the changes.


Another Success...Pretty significant drop -- not only in price, but also in condition -- which is a concern. But is certainly best by the numbers and perhaps they're looking at a win-purse and claim price total being worth a win at Saratoga.
Bohemia Street...Anther on a drop -- but perhaps the layoff is a bigger concern. Like the top pick though, the numbers say he fits here.
Voodoouthinkur...Turf sprinting is a specialty and this guy has proven he can do it.
Sinister Storm.

Ready for Change...McLaughlin/Darley runner is well-bred and should be a contender first time out of the box.
Highveldt Storm...Trainer is going well at the meet and the 8/5 work seems to signal readiness.
Antenna...Finished third of eleven in debut. One to build on.
Successful Score.

Gayego...Talented runner flopped in last year's Derby and Preakness but other wise has been fairly solid.
Lantana Mon...We've always liked this gritty sprinter -- going back to the Asmussen-trained days. Could have found a cozy spot here.
Americanrevolution...Likely to be prominent early.

Refined Elegance...Beyer stands out among those that have run.
Positive Pitch...A little bit of breeding and some OK works. Doesn't have to be a world-beater in here.
Australis Princess...First two were OK. Adds blinkers today.
Loyal Shadow.

Saratoga Seven...Lukas trainee finds some serious class-relief in here.
Close to the Vest...Claimed last-out and moves up slightly -- but Beyers put him right there.
Marq of Love...Likely to be heard from in the lane.
Manitowish Waters.

Cap the Thunder...Has to get in from the AE list but has shown marked improvement over two grass starts.
Playful Majesty...Also hung out on the AEs -- last two have been promising.
Vaughndidit...Needs to step it up but Beyers moving in the right direction.
Driven by Royalty...Front-running effort last time could signal good form now -- but trainer is cold at the meet.
Refinery Fire.
Casa Di Vino.

Songstressofdubai...Beyers appear perhaps a little light, but they showed confidence in putting her in a stake in second career start and she ran well. Won't be surprised to see her contend here.
Sister's Speed...Claimed last time and now back in against state-breds. Not quite sure how she'll fit with these but she hasn't missed an exacta over the last four.
Banker's Buy...Has shown the ability to compete here.
Rapid Beat.

Kaper Lake...Could turn out to be a crafty claim for trainer Rice.
Storm Treasure...Speedy, stakes-quality turf sprinter from Asmussen.
Awakino Cat...Yet another Rice turf sprinter. Won a similar stake here earlier in the meet.
True to Tradition.

Mimi's Kids...Makes the potent drop from MSW to mdn clm'r.
Try Your Best...Has gone well since moving in for a tag.
Winning Punch...Also got a little bit of a wake-up in claiming company.
Miss Nick.

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