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Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Monday, September 7, 2009
Meet Total ... 93-353

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5-11. Winners in the 2nd [$18.00], 3rd [$3.20], 5th [$4.60], 8th [$7.30], and 10th [$2.60]. Also, top four boxed for the super in the 4th [$491.40/$2]. Cold exacta in the 5th [$9.80]. Same in the 8th [$59.00]. Second and third selections combined for a nice exacta in the 9th [$67.00]. Cold exacta in the 10th [$5.10]. Reverse exacta in the 11th [$20.40].

50,113 was the reported attendance -- with the number being inflated by 'spinners' picking up the last giveaway of the season, the winter cap. But just eyeballing the crowd it seemed like a fairly decent number. And they were treated to yet another fine day weather-wise, with sunshine and comfortable temps.

We turned around an otherwise dud of a week with a nice Sunday -- moving us within seven winners of the 100-mark. Probably too little, too late. But, perhaps we can hit a homerun on Monday. We'll see. If we come up one of two short we'll be kicking ourselves though -- particularly over the omission of Race Twelve from Saturday's selections. But there were certainly one or two others during the meet that we'd like back.


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De Star Express...Been racing out-of-town but have to believe she's finding some serious class-relief here.
Go Go Pink...Seems to be in good form now.
Hurricane Annie...Back in the Linda rice barn and ran well here last year.
Debbie's Fast girl/Point Me to It.

Caminadora/Dad's Crazy...Both halves look capable but Caminadora is most interesting trying a two-turn turfer today after two dirt sprints -- and with More Than Ready on top.
Hatheer...Should benefit from the debut.
The West Rim...Ran OK in first start in Ireland. Crosses the Atlantic and picks up Lasix.

Uno Peso...Seems to have gotten good through her last few.
Spina...Always competitive -- just can't seem to get up in time.
Credit Limit...Lightly-raced. Might have bounced a little bit last time. Could be dangerous.
City Spirit.

Kissa Melissa...Won a similar event on 8/14.
D'wild ride...Been facing better recently.
Super Slash...Beaten fave behind the top pick last time -- but wouldn't be shocked to see an improved performance today.
Boss Tiffany.

Economic Swoon...We always like these Klaravich/Violette 2YO-in-training buys. Worked in 10.2 before the sale. Sib to stakes-winner Love To Tell.
Pow Wow...By a win-early sire.
Good to Be Seen...Improved nicely in second start. Adds blinkers today.
Sparkle of Light/Pleasant Prince.

Billions Boy...Could be interesting stretching out after two sprints.
Chairman Now...Had some trouble last time but should benefit from the two-turn education.
Eskendereya...Could be live at first asking.
Grand Piano Man.
Power Blast.

Lateday Edition...Stretches to two turns and might be heard from in the lane.
Justify...Also likely to be running late.
Viva La Gata...This isn't a field of world-beaters and so the 'fresh-face' could be a contender.
Winning Punch.
Patronus Charm.

Corey's Coming...Might be sharper today coming into this off of another sprint.
Meese Rocks...Solid in seasonal debut. Could contend if able to repeat or improve.
Shot Gun Gal/Pals first Lady...Linda Rice going for the title.
Hold the Cruiser.

NINTH RACE - Glens Falls Hcp G3 $100K
Winter View...Sheppard Special on the last day of the meet?
Caprice...Won nicely in a stake at this trip in latest.
Astrologie...She'll be better if she's not forced to lead.

TENTH RACE - Hopeful G1 $300K
Enumerate...Asmussen trainee just missed in G2 Sanford in only his second start. Might benefit from the education.
Prince Rooney...Another Asmussen runner. Undefeated and a stakes winner already in two starts -- but gets tested today.
Dublin...Solid win in second start coming out of a tough key-race in the career debut. Might be any kind.

Johannesbull...Moves in against state-breds. Nice work in prep for this.
Todo K...Just missed last time in what could be his best effort yet.
Conseated Lady/Ten Carrot Nikki...Linda Rice fires her last two bullets of the meet.

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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