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Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Meet Total ... 6-11

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(Note: Sorry for the barebones posting earlier. Complete picks were up this morning but without recap or analysis. Should have fired up the new computer prior to yesterday and worked the kinks out! Good to go now - and analysis and the Challenge are posted and ready to go shortly after 2pm ET.)

3-11. Three winners on top [R2 $15.20; R4 $11.20; R6 $5.20]. Also, cold exacta in R6 [$15.20/$2], top two reversed in R3 [$35.80]. Plus a few more boxed exotics.

21,948 attended and enjoyed a nice day weather-wise - comfortable temps, perhaps bordering on hot, with plenty of sunshine.

And lots of action at the post-race watering holes and downtown on Saturday night.


Annual on-track hat contest with judging in various categories prior to R2, R3 and R4.

Victory Island... Looking back to the promising debut.
Paper Plane...Improving.
Alison's Wyn...Has some early speed.

SECOND RACE - Duluth $100K
Summer Front...Scratched from Va Derby for this spot.
Howe Great...Just behind top pick last time.
Film Shot...Just behind top two last time.
Star Channel.

Madman Diaries/New Believer...Both halve look capable for trainer that can have them ready to sprint.
Silver Timber...Cagey veteran gets some class relief and has run well here in the past.
Driven by Solar...Has speed - but might have some company.
Little Nick.

He's So ChicPletcher/Repole shopping for a "W" on the suspicious drop?
Rigby...Bounced in the slop?
Shmooz Talker...Could be interesting off of the turf tries.
Nicks entry.

Current DesignMSW to mdn clm'r is a potent move - but raises some red flags here (purchased for $170K, drops to $25K). Have a feeling it's a move into a competitive spot however.
Thunderous G...Also dropping.
RangeyBeen a bridesmaid since moving to this level - but might wake-up off the claim.
Br Alexander.

Readtheprospectus...Owner likes to win here with these 2YO auction purchases - although the angle is more potent when they're still 2YOs!
Palace...Has perhaps some win-early breeding and the works seem to signal intent.
Smokem's Chart...Third back and last was best yet.
Sir Hollister.

Madame Johar...Just might have a slight edge on these.
Temper in Command...Improved on grass.
Hey Little Girl...Looks like a fit here.

Reach for a peach.Beyer improved nicely in return and might benefit from that education vs winners.
Strike Accord...Improving Beyers.
Why Take a Chance...Might be interesting if able to show speed from the outside.
GA Empress.

NINTH RACE G2 $200K Sanford
Special Jo...Might benefit from the stakes experience at Churchill last time.
Onetwentyeight...Pletcher/Repole runner was impressive in debut and could be any kind.
Rose Junction...Flattered by Lignite's win on Friday.
Brave Dave.

Gold LoveFrist off of the CD claim for nation's top owner.
Wet One...First off the claim for Rudy.
Market Princess...Ran well at this level last time.
High On Kitten.
Court of Dreams.

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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