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Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Sunday August 7, 2011
Meet Total ... 33-139

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0-11. Oh no! Our first - and hopefully only -- oh-fer of the meet. I said on Capital OTB-TV on Saturday morning that it was possible I might whiff with my top picks - but hoped to give out some decent info nonetheless. And that's kind of how it worked out.

A frustrating five second selections won. But there was a little bit of oomph to be had with the selections in the gimmicks. In the 5th and the 9th it was second over third selections for exactas, with the fourth picks completing tri's [R5, ex $175.50/$2, tri $1135.00; R9, ex $24.80, tri $136.50]. In the opener it was third over second over top pick for the exacta [$47.40] and tri [$129.50].

A solid crowd of 34,412 attended. Among them was Bo Derek - who presented the trophy after the G1 Test. The weather was overcast and warm - with a slight drizzle now and then, which turned into a downpour after the races ended.


Galloping Grapes: A New York Wine Event.

Just prior to posting - the NYRA website is saying OFF THE TURF for today [double-check to verify].

Babai Baby Dominant Currency Vinda Brampton.
On dirt: Malibu Artiste, Babai Baby, Indian Tale, Tempest Storm, Victorian Lane, Freud's Notebook, Vinda, Indian Lily, Afaaf.

Notesfromabroad...Fasted work - 21.4 - before May sale.
Shot Gun Pennie...Win-early breeding.
Ryerson entry...Both halves have win-early sires and dam that have produced precocious runners.
Victory Island.

Life's Measure...Could have a class-edge moving back in for a tag.
D'Oratory...Lightly-raced 4YO looks capable on best effort.
Beautiful Risk...Lifetime best Beyer when moving through NW1 last time. Could signal good form now.
Go Unbridled.

Silver Meeting... Has some win-early breeding and worked 10.0 - fastest - before 2010 sale.
Purple Cat...Breeding and works suggest she'll come out running.
Cupolatte...Giacomo proving to be an interesting sire.
Elle Point.

Earnings Release Proud Dame Tropical Jetset Ready for Autumn.
On dirt: Earnings Release, Proud Dame, Ready for Autumn, Saratoga Silver, Sugar Beach.

Washington's Rules...Last was arguably his best yet and could prove tougher on the cutback.
Coljak...OK third vs similar last time.
Buffum...Lightly-raced Godolphin runner could better this rating by blowing them all away.
Breen entry.

Superior Sarah...Back in proper condition after troubled try in stakes company.
Oatka Idas Rose...Roll of the dice here - her last dirt try wasn't much, but that was last year and she seems better now.
Page by Page...Maiden-breakers seems to indicate that she's figured it out.
Gambling Geraldine.

Por Que Te Quiero...Showed plenty of confidence debuting in a stake in SoCal. Spotted better today.
Crespano...Pletcher trainee just missed at 4-5 in debut.
I Know You Know...Win-early breeding.
And Why Not.

NINTH RACE - Honorable Miss G2
Irish Gypsy...Baffert coming east angle let us down in Saturday's Test. We'll give it one more try.
Tar Heel Mom...Seventeen times in the exacta in 27 starts.
Champagne d'Oro...Big winner over this track last year.
Beat the Blues.

TENTH RACE - Vanderbilt Hcp G1
Trappe Shot...Poised to sit atop this division.
Apriority...Very talented sprinter has moved into stakes company with aplomb.
Noble's Promise...Capable on best.
Hamazing Destiny.

Tell Grant... Debut was one to build on.
Research Report...MSW to mdn clm'r.
Allen's Star...Another that could improve second-time out.
On dirt: Same plus Positive Carry, Pure Kraft.

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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