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Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Friday, July 27, 2012
Meet Total ... 14-61

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1-10. It was a struggle on Thursday. We avoided the oh-fer by scoring in the nightcap with our lone winner on top [R10 $6.70]. Reverse exacta in the 3rd [$18.40/$2]. Top four selections boxed up for gimmicks in the 6th. And it was the 3rd selection over top pick for an exacta in the 5th [$11.80/$2]. Otherwise, as noted, it was a tough day.

10,268 turned out. Not a bad crowd considering the apocalyptic weather forecasts heard throughout the morning on the local media. Wild storms, hail, potential for tornadoes was the prediction - but that turned out to be some of the worst handicapping on the day. Weather actually turned out to be OK. Warm, some sun. No rain.


Twilight post time of 2:30pm. College Day and Family Fun Fest...

At this time races 2, 5, 7, and 9 are off the turf.

Twice the Lady...Beyers improving. Perhaps overmatched last time. Spotted better today.
My Sunshine Gal...Also moving out of stakes company.
Strike the Moon...Makes the PID synthetic-to-dirt move.
Erin Rose.

Lea the Punisher.
Platinum Mine.
Flying Sappho.
On dirt: Lea the Punisher, Jolienne, Cat Ferrad, Beautiful Affair, Laylaben.

Centring/Closing Move...Centring very tough off of the comeback effort.
Joya Real...Was intriguing with the possibility of getting 'fast' going - but has run OK over the last three on off tracks.
Zayanna...Could come back as an improved performer off of the 2YO to 3YO layoff.
Hilda's Legacy.

Coach AJ...Beaten at 4-5 in debut after a speed duel. Might sneak away today.
Stage Street...Second time out for Asmussen is a potent angle.
Titletown Five...Just behind Gulfport last time and that one will be heavily favored in a MSW here tomorrow.
Park City.

Citizen Wells.
On dirt: Majestic Hope, Runflatout, Bluember, Charlie's Quest, Photon, Citizen Wells.

SIXTH RACE - $100K Irish Linnet
Hessonite...Always competitive against NY-breds.
Inimitable Romanee...In good form.
Karakorum Elektra...Could be primed in third start of 2012.
Great Gracie Dane.
On dirt: Opus A, Lady on the Run, Miss Valentine, Lemon Tiger,Great Gracie Dane, Harbor Mist.

Freedom Rings.
Loyal Shadow.
On dirt: Full of Intent, Necessary Luxury, Hot Splash, Shesabronxbomber, Lemon Splendor, Double Mint, Newbie.

Street Life...Probably a good fit in this ungraded stakes.
Easter Gift...An up-and-comer for Zito.
Morgan's Guerrilla...Likely to show some early speed.
Ever So Lucky.

Lion Prince.
Here Comes Drz.
Santonio d'Oro.
Jim Jamm.
On dirt: Exciter, Thunderous G, Cytherean, Big Red Talent, Jim Jamm, Macho Libre.

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