Equidaily Racing Journal

Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Friday August 26, 2011
Meet Total ... 80-293

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3-9. Winners in the 4th [$7.20], 7th [$2.90] and 8th [$5.30]. Cold exacta in the 4th [$50.50/$2]. Reverse exacta in the 5th [$19.60]. In the 6th, third pick over top selection for the exacta [$43.40]. Top pick over third selection in the eighth for the exacta [$24.00] with the second selection completing the $67.50 tri.

11,750 braved the foreboding skies - and wound up battling off and on drizzles and one downpour that forced the 7th and the 9th off the grass -- and created a completely confusing myriad of conso's and refunds for the various 'pick' plays.


Spring Party...Stakes-winner seems like a snug fit in here.
My Sunshine Gal...Also seems to have a class advantage vis-vis the conditions.
Deanallen'skitten...Has never missed a tri finish and is riding a 3-race win-streak.
Tutti Va Bene.
On dirt: My Sunshine Gal, Celebrity Sighting, Spring Party, Kittylicious, Tutti va Bene, Calmafterthestorm.

Page by Page...Beyers in the improve and seems to have figured it out. Got some education in this condition last time.
Turf and Roses...Plenty of early speed.
Little Larky...Better than latest and Dominguez sticks.
Hot Danger.

Caixa Eletronica...2011 graded stakes winner grabbed a gritty str alw win here last time. Capable to repeat - but distance might be an obstacle.
Unbridled Heat...Running well at this level lately.
Frazil...Won virtually the same race three weeks ago.
Sea Gaze.

FOURTH RACE - Easy n Dirty $75K
Repole entry...Driven by Success likes this track. Be Bullish a near-miss in a similar event here last time.
Ibboyee...Won that similar event here on 8/3.
Smokin Hero...Bullet work at F'Lakes and capable on best.
Shrewd One.

Ballyclough...Has faced some good ones in an abbreviated career. Breeding says a win is due.
Show Time...Should flash speed from the outside.
Soultown...Hmmm. Solid debut followed by a little bit of a dud.
Santo Gato.
On dirt: Same plus Sea Song's Hammer, Perfect Slam.

Cosmic King...Another half-step down the claiming ladder. Will be heard from late.
Smart Farming...Could be well-spotted at this level of of the layoff.
Adam Rides Again...Good try in a somewhat similar race last time.
Medieval Sword.
On dirt: Hurling, Adam Rides Again, Cosmic King, Binks forest, Logical Oder.

Double Foxxy... Silver Meeting Too Clever by Half Scootles.
On dirt: Same.

Equestrio...Should find this bunch a little easier than recent stakes tries.
Slevin...Right back in five days off of a crafty score here.
Gautier...South American import could be ready to pop in third US start.
To Honor and Serve.

NINTH RACE - Baruch Hcp G2 $200K
Hymn Book...Popped a couple of big numbers on dirt in last two - and is capable on turf.
Loup Breton...Long time since a win - but looks like a good fit with this bunch.
Blues Street...Should stalk and pounce.
Get Stormy.
On dirt: Hymn Book, Boots Ahead, Pairs Vegas, Baryshnikov.

Grace Alley...Might have to step it up - but it's Sheppard and we won't let a 12-1 from this guy slip by.
Saucy Jade...Should be well-suited to the level/condition.
Sotique...Also should be finding some class relief.
On dirt: Same plus Demure Halo, Pin kSand.

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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