Equidaily Racing Journal

Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Friday August 19, 2011
Meet Total ... 57-239

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3-10. Winners in the 2nd [$6.30], 6th [8.10] and 7th [5.00]. Top three in order for exactas and tri's in the 2nd [$24.00/$2, $50.50] and 7th [$11.00, $29.40]. Reverse exacta in the opener [a total Sheppard Special] for a generous $91.00. Plus a couple of other gimmicks dipping into the selections.

18,469 were in attendance and enjoyed a nice - but slightly humid afternoon.


NYRA will celebrate women and their contributions to the thoroughbred industry with a special day appropriately titled 'Fabulous Fillies Day'

Party of Interest... Comes out of a debut in a tough maiden race - and might be better suited to two turns on turf.
Honey Talk...Should benefit from the two turn education last time.
St Pancras...Pletcher/Tabor runner nearly beaten at 6-5 in debut. Will be tough today.
Beautiful Affair.
Illegally Blonde.

SECOND RACE - Proud Spell $75K
Love and Pride...Interesting Delaware shipper from Pletcher. Ran away and hid last time - could be a good fit here.
All for Thee...Ran third in G2 Del Oaks last time. Class relief vs these.
Draw It...Nice work in prep for this.
My Assets.

Cinco de Mayo Mio...Lightly-raced 4YO will be the one to beat if ready off of the layoff. Ran well here in 2010.
Taconic Victory...Numbers fired as a 4YO fit here.
Indian Burn...Could be in improving form.
Bwana Babe.

Overseas Market...Class-relief. Turf-to-dirt.
Gin Cat...Will be rolling late.
Moshe Diane...Capable on best effort - but it's hard to know if that will come today.
Necessary Luxury.

Crypto Kitten...With the breeding just suspect this one has more talent than shown in debut. AE list.
Strikealinethruit...Has a nice closing kici. AE list.
Ready for Autumn...Back on turf.
Song for Siena...Could be interesting first out of the box.
Purely Majestic.
A New York Phillie.
Nobu Baby.
Meghan's Fury.

Mayday Maria...Pletcher trainee has shown some flashes of talent. Just missed when dropped to this level. Looks ready to pop.
Rose's Turn...Won here in July - now cuts back.
Fortheloveof Anna...First off the claim for trainer/owner Linda Rice.
My Spy.

Shea Goodbye...Hook and Ladder on top and the dam won her debut.
Ripley's Gold...Debut was one to build on. Adds blinkers.
The Funky Express...Flopped badly first out but that might add value for one that is probably better than that.
Karma Police.
My Jopia.

EIGHTH RACE - Yaddo $100K
Gitchee Goomie...Always competitive vs state-breds.
Frivilous Buck...Another that does well in this company.
Mystic City...took the lead and then was cuaght to finish fourth here last time - might benefit from inside post today.
Exclusive Scheme.

Unknown Wonder...Could be that the light bulb went on last time and, if so, she can repeat today.
Frazzie...The one to catch.
Always a Party...Class relief.
Copious Notes.
Ms Diller.

Virtuously...AE list. Competitive against better - drops in for a tag. AE list.
Wet One...Similar scenario to top pick. AE list.
Lemons to Lemonade...And yet another making that potent class move.
Queen for Life...Good looking debut - but this one moves up in class today.
Feel What's Real.
Town Flirt.

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