Equidaily Racing Journal

Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Meet Total ... 44-165

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2-9. Winners in the 3rd [$5.80] and 5th [$6.40]. Also, a B-C exacta in the 1st [$29.40/$2]. B-A-D in the 2nd for the exacta [$33.20] and tri [$93.50]. A-B-D-C in the 3rd for the exacta [$13.40], tri [$47.80] and super [$184.00]. B-D-A in the fourth [$115.50 exacta, $240.00 tri]. A-B-D-C in the 5th for the exacta [$13.40], tri [$55.50] and super [$171.00]. C-A-B in the 8th for the exacta [$25.00] and tri [$51.50].

18,167 attended. More of the same weather-wise: Sunny, warm and humid.

["A" = top pick, "B"= second pick... and so on...]


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Saluda Sam...Successful in first jump effort and had trouble in follow-up - but might be this good. Looks like there will be some speed up front to shoot at.
Parker's Project...Took awhile to break the jump maiden but now might be set to continue.
Easy Red...Might be able to stalk and make the first move.
All Together.

Inflation Hedge...Win-early connections picked up this guy for a high price after a 10.1 work at 2YO sale.
Come a Callin...Bred to be precocious and working well.
Town Flirt...Nicely bred and worked 10.3 before auction purchase.

Smokehouse...Debut was OK and has some win-early breeding. Takes a drop, adds blinkers - and we'll like him even better if the fronts are off today.
Hunt for Colleen...Eligible to wake-up with the move from MSW to mdn clm'r.
Point Gammon...First time out for Linda Rice.
In Her Hey Day.

Sette E Mezzo...Another one of these head-scratchers that have been popping up here lately like flies at a picnic. Clearly has a class edge but comes back off of a long layoff and takes a suspicious drop. But need not be 100% to be able to take these.
Codeword...Also seems to have a class-edge on these and also taking a drop.
Little Dovefeather...Been awhile since this 9YO stepped into the winner's circle - but capable of picking up a piece on his best effort.
On dirt: BBs Concorde, Tommasi, Run With the Lark, Fagedaboudit Sal, Berning Blaze, Slamm'n Lou.

Star of New York...Tepid vote in a tough race. Might appreciate the return to dirt.
Harmonizer...Been in the exacta in five of eight starts and you don't have to work too hard to find some excuses in the other three.
Eltish Star...Could be heard from late if there's some pace early.
Numb Lips.

The West Rim...Been knocking at the door all year.
Neenie's House...AE list. Got some two-turn education last time and now drops in for a tag.
Smartie Bobbi...Has shown some life in last two.
Cranberry Queen.
Chantilly G.
On dirt: Gold Collection, Neenie's House, Kildorrery, Cranberry Queen, Cat Be NImble.

Silent Pipe...Moves in from the Presque Isle synthetic surface. Takes a big drop. Bullet work. Some things to like.
King Andrew...The one to beat based on the numbers - but the trainer has yet to score at the meet.
Executive Search...Likely to be a good fit at this level.
Brilliant son.

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In Te Domine...The question mark is the distance - but if she likes the trip she's probaby slightly better than this bunch.
Loyal Shadow...Will be rolling in the lane.
In Your Dreams...A clunker last time but might not have liked the off going.
Bretton Woods.
On dirt: In Te Domine, Simmy, Healthy Debate, Raffie's Rose, Lindsay's Point.

Bridge to Nowhere...Last three on dirt have all been wins.
Always On the Move...Seems competitive at this level.
Great Crusade...Flopped last time and has never run well here - but the drop might provide a wake-up.
Baton Rouge.

Precision Farming...A Rice turf sprint - probabyl has to step it up but might do so with this class relief.
Kyriana...Hmm. Last two were OK alw races - now runs for a $25K tag. However, she did start the career being offered for $30K.
Lights Out Lisa...A win and a just-miss in last two - right at this level.
Girl Bar.
Wildcat Aly.
On dirt: Liza Too, Pleasant Sister, Precision Farming, Dattts Lady Di, Bobbi O.

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