Equidaily Racing Journal

Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Sunday September 4, 2011
Meet Total ... 99-356

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3-12. Winners in the 1st [$12.20], 8th [$5.90] and 9th [$8.90]. Also, in the 5th B-C-A-D for the exacta [$50.50/$2], tri [$111.00] and super [$492.00]. A B-C exacta in the 7th [$74.00]. In the 10th it was C-A for $17.00. Plus a few more gimmicks for those willing to dip four-deep.

24,430 attended and were treated to bona fide summer in September weather with some sun and humidity that reminded everyone of the recently departed month of August.


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Equivocation...Not too far behind Short Shrift last time and that one came back to repeat. Better trip should help today The Noz...Eligible for the wake-up on the move in for a tag.
Storm Galileo...Might have found a field to his liking.
Living Right.
On dirt: Same plus Settle for Medal, Lubango, D'Bulldog.

Fantasy of Flight...3-5 on the morning line and the Beyers in the first two says that's legit. We'll see...
Sharp Tongue Lady...Has some good early speed and cuts back a furlong off of the last two.
Joonbi...Just missed first time NW1.
Dust and Diamonds.

THIRD RACE - Sightseek $75K
Arena Elvira...Scratched from yesterday's G2 Molly Pitcher for this. Won similar stake here in 8/5.
Lacie Slew...Numbers make her the logical play underneath.
Connie and Michael...Showed some promise early in the career but needs to rebound to that form before we can support.
Satans Quick Chick.

Southbeachsandy...Bad trip last time makes the results look like an aberration - and rebound to prior form should take this.
Jupiter Trio...Back to dirt.
Ground Force...On the improve.
Crea's Law.
Papa's Nice Cat.
Wee Freudian.

Special Action...Another drop - and has been competitive against better.
Astonish...Could be sneaky from a trainer that can be sneaky. Dam has produced some nice winners and is the grand-dam of Any Given Saturday.
Conway Hillbilly...The one to catch?
Next Page.

Pianist...In a race with any number of options we went with More Than Ready and Chad Brown.
Dancing Solo...Also keying on the sire and the trainer.
Formative...Had trouble in an OK debut.
Heart of Destiny.
Carolina Light.
Goldrush Girl.
On dirt: Same plus Nebraska.

Refining...Might be coming out of a key race.
Centrique...Should win sooner rather than later and got some first-out education last time.
Lady Clara...A little bit of breeding interest.

Strolldownbraodway...AE list. Should be primed in third start back.
Turn Up the Music...Getting better.
Chapel Chief...Wouldn't be a shock in second career start.
Paci Di Notte.
On dirt: Faulkner, Alarmist, Carson Bandit, Chapel Chief, Angel Ray, Purple Pico, El Cuandro, El Dreamer.

NINTH RACE - Saranac G3 $100K
Brilliant Speed...Sometimes these dirt stakes runners just have a class-edge on their turf counterparts - and this guy is already proven on grass.
Queen'splatekitten...Very talented and should be a good fit here.
King Congie...Had a three-race grass win-streak [albeit with one DQ] broken last time.
Clement Rock.
On dirt: Same plus Seal Cove, Moonhanger.

TENTH RACE - Spinaway G1 $250K
Georgie's Angel...Two starts, two wins, including a stake here.
A Dutrow entry...True Feelings was just behind the top pick last time.
Judy the Beauty...A winner in three countries.
And Why Not.
Lady Pecan.

Silver Screamer...Solid win when dropped last time. Should fit in N2L.
Schillerette...In for a tag.
Margo Verge...Might be the one to catch.
Mean Reversion.
On dirt: Same plus Chickatari, Gambling Geraldine.

Twelfth Race
High Strider...Back on turf.
More is Better...Back on turf and liable to flash that speed.
Wise Harmony...Trainer good off the layoff.
Glory in Motion.
Ready to Party.
On dirt: More Is Better, Repreive, Tempest Storm, Famous Rose, Ready to Party, Alykela.

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