Equidaily Racing Journal

Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Meet Total ... 20-81

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3-11. Winners in the 2nd [$5.40], 10th [$5.60] and 11th [$5.80]. In the 8th a reverse exacta [$20.00/$2] with out third pick completing the tri [$74.00]. And in R10, the co-featured G2 Jim Dandy, it was cold gimmicks down the line [exacta, $32.20; tri, $98.50; super, $271.00].

24,548 attended. Temps were comfortable. Skies were overcast - and it showered briefly about mid-card.


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Piscesbymoonlight...Took one to get going last year. Might benefit for the seasonal debut again this year.
Zivo...On the improve and might be ready for the move in against limited winners.
Live for Today...Two 80+ Beyers in most recent three races are enough to take notice.
Dehere of the Cat.
Rutherford B.

Comandante...Worked in 10.2 before sale. Has some interesting breeding with a sib Max Again that hasn't won yet - but is a solid 7-0-5-1. 7/22 work was best of 68 and could signal readiness.
Rockin Mandy...Also worked 10.2 before sale. Sire is new but has a debut winner.
No Nukes...Worked 10.3 prior to auction. Sibling Served was a first-out winner.
Awesome Weekend.

Primal Baby...Second start back and moves up - so there is some trepidation, but has an edge if fitness holds or improves.
Landing My Way...First off the claim and has a little closing punch.
Cat Ferrad...Toss the latest turf experiment. Has speed and has run well moving from the grass previously.

Why Not More...Sheppard runner showed some improvement in seasonal debut. Lightly-raced and further upside would be no surprise.
Let the Kitten Run...Beaten fave in debut. Likely to go well today.
Riolama...Similar scenario to Let the Kitten Run.
Geisha Gal.
Normative Appeal.
On dirt: Same plus Opalite.

Anchovy...Dirt races haven't been bad - class relief helps.
Simple Rules...Class relief and speed.
Fruttidimare...Sneaking suspicion this gal's better than the debut.
Hooked On Dreams.

Comment...Wake-up call on the drop?
Raquel...Also dropping and a good fit Beyer-wise.
Bluegrass Rumor...Yet another moving down the claiming ladder.
Carpi Clements.
On dirt: Same plus Flashy American, Shes Tuff As Nails.

Arc Above...Godd some education vs winners last time.
Tapaway...Solid win here last year - when teamed with this jock.
Kangagaro...Had a couple of big Beyer efforts at GP. Looks primed to go well.
Unbridled Fire.
On dirt: Desert Storm, Hangover Kid, King Kid, Tapaway, Unbridled Fire.

Glory in Motion...AE lister will be heard from late.
The West Rim...Could be interesting if she flashes speed.
Proudroad to Glory...Recent Beyers on the improve.
Blue Grass Music.
On dirt: Purely Majestic, Pleasantfriday, Rock Star Royalty, Santorini Moon, Jardenia, Sasta Go Lucky, Alykela.

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Angel Terrace...Has the look of the season's first Sheppard Special.
Karlovy Vary...Dangerous if she fires her best.
Dame Marie...This spot might be easier than the two at CD.
Dear Lavinia.
Alaura Michele.
On dirt: Angel Terrace, Harbor Mist, Delightful Quality, Proud Pearl, Lady Cohiba, Karlovy Vary.

TENTH RACE - G2 $200K Amsterdam
Currency Swap...Likes the track and last seems to indicate he's in good form.
Fort Loudon...Also clearly in good form now.
Doctor Chit...Perfect this year but might be tested here.
Unbridled's Note.

The Paddyman...Might have a class edge.
Namron...First off the claim for Dutrow.
Police Chatter...In for a tag.
Reserve Currency.
Captain Webb.
On dirt: Vee One Rotate, Minescape, Myhorseofcourse, Acadian Blues, Junior Officer, Hey Cuz

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