Equidaily Racing Journal

Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Meet Total ... 9-42

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World Premier...Last seems to indicate good form - which is more than many in here.
Grand Entry...Some back class and might bounce back in first start for Asmussen.
Glynisthemenace...Solid win two back would be good enough here.

Hillswick...Seems to have a slight recent Beyer edge on these.
Itsagoodtendollars...Could be tough on the cutback.
Maui Mark...2-2 since arriving from SoCal.
Afleet Lass.

Superestrella...Could be primed to pop.
Sokitumi Samurai...Might be the one to show some speed.
Dendrite...Also has the potential for some early foot and should fit here.
Street Ballad.

Zero Yield...Grass is still the question mark. Gets some modest class-relief. Bullet work on 7/7 adds to confidence.
Double the Energy...Real class relief here and dangerous with the early speed.
A Time to Love...One of the fww in here with some real turf experience.
Union Boss.

Teen Pauline...Nothing really jumps off the page but this one has some breeding interest and a trainer that can have them ready.
Lucky Friend...Sometimes experience counts in these races and this one is probably better than the 3-5 loss last time indicates.
My Happy Face...Must overcome inside post but could be interesting at a little but of a price.
High Inflation.
Gadget Girl.

Magical Season...Returned from layoff with a couple of nice Beyer efforts.
Gaelico...Front-running win last time at CD was enough to make him dangerous here.
Hobbs...Pletcher/Repole playing the claiming game.
Key to Power.

Curve Ball...By a win-early sire and with a win-early trainer. Some of those ideas don't hold up as well when the debut is for a claiming tag - but we'll take a shot in a relatively weak field.
Chief Gaga...Serious class-relief on the move from CD.
Love in the Rain...Debut was solid. Follow-up not so much. Dominguez rides.
Redemption Road.

Cease...Made a somewhat similarly-timed CD to SAR move last season which resulted in a big Beyer jump.
Schoolyard Dreams...Could be rounding into good form.
Ruler On Ice...Has yet to win since last year's G1 Belmont and last wasn't much. We'll take a shot against today - but he wouldn't be a surprise moving out of a string of three G1s.
Pleasant Prince.

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Centre Court...Solid on turf.
Medolina...Undefeated but gets tested today.
Samitar...Euro-invader could easily better this rating.
Stephanie's Kitten.

Beckham Bend/Versailles road...Versailles Road is preferred off of the claim and numbers just prior to the latest - but we'll also trust the decision of the connections if they go with the other half.
Fisherman's Wharf...First out for Rudy.
Annawon...Front-end win here last summer.
Free Brave.

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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