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Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Sunday August 14, 2011
Meet Total ... 45-200

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2-11. Winners in the 8th [$11.40] and 10th [7.20]. Reverse exacta in the 5th [$22.60/$2]. Top three boxed up in a B-C-A fashion for the exacta and tri in the 1st [$66.50, $492.00]. In the 3rd it was a similar scenario (C-B-A, ex $9.30, tri $14.00].And with one of the top three selections winning nine of the eleven races there were various 'Picks' and "Doubles' to be had along the way.

The place was jumpin' with 33,432 attending on a warm, sunny afternoon.


Lily the Pink...Could be ready to pop.
Storm Palm...Just missed in debut last year. Could prove tough in 3YO debut.
Brilliant Future...Nice effort last time despite trouble.
On dirt: Natalie Victoria, Storm Palm, Starship Warpspeed, Avolo, Brilliant Future, Lily the Pink, Zalmara.

Wait Til Dawn...A full sib - Excited - won virutally the same race in her debut here last summer.
Remarkable Moon...Lemon Drop Kid on top.
Disposablepleasure...Has some interesting breeding and is another in this race from Pletcher.
Coasting Bluegrass Sapphire On dirt: Same, plus Refining.

Broman entry...Project Runaway is eligible to last longer with one under her belt. Berning Carbs is precociously bred.
Wildcat's Smile...Had a half-sib that brokes it's maiden in its third start - a stake! - for the same connections.
Lenders Way...Decent try first out.
Proud and Charming.

Grand Strategy...Should prove interesting stretching to 7F off of two 6F races to start the season.
Ultimo Principe...Solid win in first try on the track.
Truelee Scrappin...Capable on best.
Won Fast Bullet.

Strollindownbroadway...Solid near-miss in seasonal debut.
Rudy Rudy Rudy...High early speed.
Chapel Chief...Not too far behind top pick last time.
Carson Bandit.
On dirt: Rudy Rudy Rudy, Carson Bandit, Rocky Fortune, Alarmist, Rock Superstar, Well Built.

Pistols at Dawn...In for a tag after being competitive in alw company.
Papa's Nice Cat...also first time in for a tag.
Awesome Arceno...While this won was victorious in only other try in a claimer.
Bustin Rocks.

Hearts of Red...Dam has produced a first-out winner and we like Bernardini on top.
Book Review...Breeding and connections. Centrique...Can't let a firster by Malibu Moon get by at potentially a nice price.

Shakeira...Been knockin' at the door.
Glory in Motion...Needs to bounce back to seasonal debut effort. Lemon Tiger...should be heard from in the lane.
Nurse Dolce.
On dirt: Moshe Diane, Shakeira, There Goes Molly, Necessary Luxury, Cap the Thunder, Judicial Leader.

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My Miss Aurelia...Only needs repeat of first-out victory performance.
Millionreasonswhy...Already a graded stakes winner.
Funny Proposition...Following up a win at Churchill in her debut effort.
New Wave.

Magic Box...Related to Incurable Optmist winner of a G3 2YO stake at HOL.
Drinksonthehouse...Improvement in second start not out of the question.
City Look...AE list. Another that could benefit from the debut education.
Sweet Penny.
Going Green.
City Scamper.
On dirt: Same.

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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