Equidaily Racing Journal

Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Meet Total ... 22-80

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3-11. Winners in the 4th [$6.00], 5th [$7.80] and 10th [$10.20]. Also, top pick over third pick in the 4th for the exacta [$27.40/$2]. Cold exacta in the 5th [$30.30]. Top two flip-flopped for the exacta in the 8th [$14.40].

A solid Saturday crowd of 28,682 enjoyed another fine day weather-wise, sunny and comfortably warm. And while the #1 won, there was a '10' spotted in the winner's circle after the 9th, the co-featured G1 Diana. Bo Derek was in attendance and presented the trophy to the winning connections of Proviso.


Zip by You...Markedly improved since moving into the Rodriguez barn. Looks capable of being heard form at this level.
Acquired Cat...Might be the speed of the speed in here.
Two Moons...Lightly-raced this year but capable if able to fire best shot.
Lost Without You.
On dirt: Two Moons, Bhangaloo Ruby, Bob's Dylan, Catty Madeline.

Vixen's Roar...Attracted a solid price after working in 10.3 at 2YO sale.
Abide...Expensive yearling goes out for win-early connections.
Bizzy Caroline...Trainer can get them ready first-time out.
Promise Me a Cat.

New york Kitten...In a field of other proven losers this gal might still have some upside in only her second start. Half-sib Storm Rolling In was a minor stakes winner.
Notell...Another lightly-raced filly eligible to improve.
Makeminechocolate...Improving Beyers and all three tries have been OK so far. AE list.
Royal Rhetoric.Moneigh.
On dirt: Same, and add Antinori under.

Six Flings...Could be interesting on the turf-to-dirt move.
Stormin Bolt...The one to catch?
Eire's Run...Set for duel with Stormin Bolt - one will probably last for a piece.
Dixie Nite Out.

Atlantic Beauty...Showed some life at the MSW level -- which might raise some red flags on the drop. But the one to beat if all the wheels are on.
Aprimayjune...Woke-up on the drop. Moves up slightly today but should still fit well.
Magical Feeling...Another that appreciated the move into the claiming ranks.
Queen Anne.
On dirt: Same, add Florida Girl under.

Silk Route...First two have been promising.
It's Tea Time...Knocking heads with some of the top 3YO fillies this year. Seems to like the turf.
Queen Hazel...Should be heard from late.
Loxy Lady.
On dirt: It's Tea Time, Kayce Ace, Muhaawara, Tribeca, Empire Spring, Beauty is a Beast.

Get Stormy...Could be the lone speed.
Public Speaker...In good form.
Nownownow/Violon Sacre...Both halves look capable but Euro-import Violon Sacre is slightly preferred.
On dirt: Convocation, Brother Nick, Cherokee Artist, Public Speaker.

EIGHTH RACE - Curlin $70K
Winaholic...Late-developer for Pletcher could be ready for this assignment.
Winslow Homer...Scratched from G2 Jim Dandy for this spot.
So Elite...Tires dirt but capable if he takes to the surface.
Regal Warrior.

NINTH RACE - Ruffian Invy G1 $250K
Tasty Temptation... Going to take a shot with the Canadian-invader trying dirt.
Unrivaled Belle...Eight exacta finishes in nine lifetime starts.
Malibu Prayer...Pletcher stakes winner makes third start of 2010.

My Two Cents...In a weak field this one's last start stands out.
Enniskillen...Also showed some life last time.
Jacky Juice...Capable of jumping up in second career start.
Soo's Purse.

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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