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Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Meet Total ... 42-156

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Dark day. No racing.


Song for Pupcake...Third start back. First time in for a tag. Some things to like.
Flying Sappho...A solid fit at this level and has put in a couple of improving efforts since the claim.
Glory Chaser...Turf sprinter from Linda Rice.
Auric Girl.

One Note Samba...Just-miss last time after showing high early speed could signal he's primed for a good effort. Of course, it's also possible he'll bounce in the second start back. We'l hope for the former.
Strategic Move...If that last number was for real - well, a repeat takes this.
Zone Breaker...Maiden-breaker was impressive and he could be this good.
Wise Stop.

Albany Road...Races so far haven't been bad -- and it looks like he's shopping for a winning spot. We've shied from the trainer recently as being cold at the meet, but he chalked up a win on Monday.
Il Senatore...Long-time maiden but he's been knocking on the door and should fit with these.
Roulette Winner...Will be rolling late.
The Cuff Shooter.

Song of Broadway...In a race with some horses that haven't shown a whole lot of life and with many low percentage connections - sometimes you just go with the known quantities.
Julie's Ina Frenzy...Trainer's on an oh-fer this year - but this one's debut was promising.
Di Colas Officer...Another 0-for-2010 trainer - and with only had nine starts all year. But this runner just missed last time.
By MK.

FIFTH RACE - NY Stallion/Calloway $100K
Lubash...Got the wake-up with the move to grass. Back in with state-breds after two good tries in open company.
Seattle Mission...Won't be surprised if he turns out to be the one to catch.
Adirondack Warrior...Has shown some life on occasion.
Zealous Boy.

Mission Mike Clark...Ward trainee drops from MSW to mdn clm'r. Winner in last year's debut followed up with a convincing alw win and then a nice second in a stake.
Real Rooster...Gets some class-relief.
Recharged...Firster from Rice [training here for her Dad] is eligible to come out running.

It might be folly - but we're going to take a stand against a couple in here: Sean Avery and Trinity Magic. Both have shown some prior talent that would allow them to lay over this field - but Trinity Magic hasn't shown much since the 3-race streak to start his career and Sean Avery is just taking a way, way too suspicious drop off the layoff after having shown a load of ability. We'll pass - but if either finds this bunch to their liking they might run away and hide.

Greeley's Legacy...The F'Lakes shipper should offer some value and certainly looks capable.
Ramsgate...Another dropping to the lowest level of his career - but at least he's already proven that there's still some life, running OK despite trouble back in June.
Spanky Fischbein...A barnmate to the top pick - might be the 'longer half of the uncoupled entry' angle at work. Could be the one to catch.
Tall Poppi.

Birdrun...Hoping the 7/31 work signals good intentions.
Moon Town...Will he be ready to roll off of the layoff - or is he getting one in to get the ball rolling on the season?
Atomic Rain...Showed some promise here and there as a 3YO. Decent return at MTH.
Tranquil Manner.

Upper Gulch...Hard to get super-excited about a 5YO with one win in twenty-two starts - but this isn't a field of world-beaters. Might wake-up with the move in for a tag and the rider switch.
Deputy's Citizen...Hmm. Tossed in a clunker in 2010 debut - but has a couple of OK works since and drops today.
Nurse Dolce...Broke maiden last time in sixth career start - but this bunch isn't going to be much tougher.

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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