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Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Wednesday August 31, 2011
Meet Total ... 92-312

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Alcomatch...Flopped in Canadian G1 last time - but gets back to truf and drops in for a tag.
Almoradi...Moves up off of the claim but looks like a fit with these.
Close to the Vest...Could be interesting if asked for early speed.
On dirt: Starforaday, Close to the Vest, Jiminator, Mine Train, Fugedaboutit Sandy.

King and Crusader...Lion Heart is a potent win-early sire. Dam hasn't done much in the win-early department however.
Moreforyuormoney...Probably got some good education from the debut. Worked 10.2 before 2YO sale and dam has produced a couple first-out winners.
Physical Gold...There's enough there between the breeding and trainer to say he might come out running.
Texas Josh.

THIRD RACE - Lady Tak $75K
Christine Daae...Hasn't quite lived up to her early promise - but might prove interesting on the turf-to-dirt move and the cutback.
Kid Kate...Undefeated at Saratoga.
Katy Now...Behind Kid Kate last time but cutback might help.

Maria's Own...Just have a feeling she might be ready to pop in third career start.
Empress of Gold...Seven times beaten - but has run well around two turns.
D'oro Princess...Could be improved off of the layoff.
Force of Humor.

In a Mellow Tone...Looking to the win-early firepower of the sire - because the dam offers not so much in that area. But this 'fresh face' isn't facing any world-beaters.
Jusbhonorable...Another 'fresh face'.
Inner Truth...Might be a negative horse-for-course - but might wake-up with the class-relief.
Spa City Lover.

Pegasus Tommy D...Dropping in what looks to be an attempt to find a winning spot.
Free Brave...OK third in a similar race last time. Capable of better.
Count Catamount...Meanwhile, this one just missed in a simialr race.
Wascally Rabbit.
On dirt: Never Right Joey, Free Brave, Head Heart Hoof, Mr Magenta, Al's Lark, Wascally Rabbit.

Benofear...Could come out running with Malibu Moon on top.
Mr Style...Clearly the one to beat of the big Beyer debut for Pletcher.
Officer Prado...Improved nicely in second start. Only runner to come out of that race to run again was the last-place finisher - that one ran second in a MSW at Suffolk.

EIGHTH RACE - PG Johnson $75K
Crazy Party...Could go in a few directions here - but we'll end up with Pletcher/Velazquez. A convincing winner in debut. A reepat could take this.
Visionaria...Solid in Italy - including a win against the boys. Could be any kind over here.
Putthebabiesdown...Will be interesting on the stretchout.
Alaura Michele.

Yawkey Way...Narrowly beaten by Lovely Lil last time and that one came back to win a stake here.
Funky Munky Mama...Has shown an affinity for the track and will be out there wingin' it early.
Risky Rachel...Bullet work says she might contend off of the brief layoff.
Freud's Notebook.

Yadira...Might be good enough to come right back.
Knysnma...Two decent turf sprints at CD to start her career.
Dominant Currency...Capable on best.
Babai Baby.
On dirt: Full of Gut, Malibu Artiste, Isn't She Grand, Babai Baby, Illusion of Speed, Yadira.

Deferlong...Had this one on top in debut and got a thrill early at 35-1. We'll stick. Worked 10.2 before 2YO sale and lived up to that with early speed in the first start. Might benefit from that one.
In My Eyes...Lion Heart on top.
U Ought to Know...Traioner can surprise.
The Snickers Kid.

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