Equidaily Racing Journal

Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Wednesday August 24, 2011
Meet Total ... 75-280

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Worth a Buck... Just missed in a similar event last time.
Magnet Cove... Turf-to-dirt. Class relief. Only two dirt starts were much though - but they were early in the career.
Majestic Hope...Nipped top pick last time with a lifetime best Beyer.
Halo's Thunder.

Notell...Still lightly-raced and with some upside potential which might be ready to pop in third start back.
Crypto Kitten...Suspect she's better than the career debut - but she didn't debut until age 4 - so maybe we're being too optimistic.
Strikealinethruit...Numbers put her in the thick of it - but she's already had plenty of chances.
Tulane Up.
On dirt: Notell, Crypto Kitten, Sugar Beach, Tulane Up, Missymoonlitmagic, Strikealinethruit, Salt Water Lullaby, Bird in Hand.

All of the Above... Just missed in Monmouth stakes last time and might benefit from that two-turn education.
Charlies Swell...Hits the exacta more often than not.
Isn't He Perfect...Won the last time seen outside of stakes company.

One Note Samba...Gritty win first time on turf. Can repeat.
Strong Impact...Could be finding some class relief here.
Just Playin Around...Seems to be going the wrong way but might rebound in second start off of a 3-month layoff.
Victorious Leader.
Dubai Rainbow.
On dirt: One Note Samba, Speight of Hand, Temecula Creek, Philippe, Dubai Rainbow, Ezzy.

Malibu Wave... Malibu Moon on top. Dam ran second in her debut then won next.
My Wahoo...Trainer solild second time out of the box.
Daba Daba...Flopped in debut behind Stat - but has Malibu Moon on top and a sib was a first-out winner.
Silver Max.

She Drives Me Wild...Numbers say she's the one to beat.
Gamecents...Eligible to improve off the layoff and with one under her belt.
Sasta Go Lucky...Could be interesting dropping in for a tag and making third career start. Bullet work in prep for this.
Dean Avenue.
On dirt: Same plus Eleven of Hearts.

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Socialsaul...Solid win in NY Derby which was first around two turns. No lock - but tough if able to repeat or improve.
Preachintothedevil...Behind top pick last time - the one to beat again.
Sailmate...Lightly-raced and improving.

Dynazapper...Going to the race two back to hang our hat on in a race of in-and-outers.
Buckelupbuttercup...Also capable on best.
Ailalea...Has some closing punch - but that might not be the best style in a short field.

Molly Molly Molly...Been competitive against better.
Smart Farming...AE list. Probably a good fit at this level.
Lakeside Chapel...Might be heard from late.
Grace and Courage.
My Nan Nell.
On dirt: Same.

Last Out of Panama...Career debut was in a stake. Then laid off a year a was claimed last time for $25K for a crafty first-off-the-claim trainer.
Forty Tears...Beyers on the improve and ran well in this company last time.
Gunman...AE list. Good fit here.
On dirt: Same plus Allen's Star, Cold Precision, Newman Rocks.

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