Equidaily Racing Journal

Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Monday, July 25, 2011
Meet Total ... 9-31

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4-10. Winners in the 2nd [$6.50], 4th [$4.10], 7th [$8.10], and 9th [$2.50]. Cold exacta in the 7th [$21.00/$2] and 9th [$6.30].

18,791 attended and enjoyed the best day so far. Sunny - with both heat and humidity having dropped slightly from the first two days.


Malibu Cougar...Ghosts of Saratoga 2010! A horse we chased last season returns from a layoff and we'll hope that having hit the reset button helps. Precociously-bred and having worked 10.2 before a 2YO sale we'll try her one more time.
Ismyhonor...Nicely-bred and ran on Ok second in debut at 7-5.
Mi Hermana...Well-bred and would be no surprise in first start.
World Harmony.

Who Is Lady...Early speed. Fits at the level. And Dominguez rides.
Freedom Rings...Gets some class relief off of the last two.
Sounds Familiar...Might be interesting on the stretchout.
Lady Gracenote.

Select Cat...Tale of the Cat on top. Pletcher training. Should be ready to roll.
Spring Breeze...Related to the somewhat talented Pulsion.
Barbados Beauty...Similar scenario to top pick. Precocious producing sire. Asmussen trains.
Spare Change.

Hot Money...First off the claim for Repole/Pletcher. Dropping for a winning spot at Saratoga.
Strike the Tiger...Former stakes winner won at this level last time.
Golden Weekend...First off the claim for a trainer solid in that category.
Ever a Friend.

Tycoon Cat...First off the claim. Back on dirt. Hmm.
Beautyinthepulpit...Has some breeding that says he could win early.
Calgary Enforcer...Trainer can have them ready.

Sweet Cat...Like an earlier race -- Kitten's Joy on top and Pletcher trains.
Morning Shine...And here it Lion Heart and Asmussen.
Run a Risk...Still more precocious breeding.
Dancin and Prancin.

Cantrushperfection...Speed might prove dangerous.
Leadwithyuorchin...Could rebound to last season's form in second start back.
Beacon Hill Road...Takes another drop.
Midnite Silver.
Desert Wheat.

EIGHTH RACE Evan Shipman $75K
Friend or Foe...Undefeated vs NY-breds.
Icabad Crane...Just missed in this race last year.
Johannesburg Smile...Ran Saturday so probably won't come back in here.
Naughty New Yorker.
Stormy's Majesty.

Cap the Thunder...Moves from state-bred alw to open claiming.
Molly Molly Molly...Typically competitive.
Lemon Drop on Top...Might stalk and pounce.
Hey Hey Mama.

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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