Equidaily Racing Journal

Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Meet Total ... 25-102

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Dark day. No racing.


One Note Samba...Solid in comeback and likes this track.
Seven Lively Sins...Turf debut was promising.
Glacier Bay...Kind of an in-and-outer but capable of competing on best effort.
Obviously Tuesday.

Lucky My Way...Gets a slight nod in a contentious field with the turf-to-dirt move and class drop.
Flashy in Pink...Might be dangerous with some added maturity off the layoff.
Cypress Isle...Trainer OK off the claim.
Classic Point.

Scat's Lassie...Seems primed in third start back.
Quiet Ending... AE. Another that has the look of being ready to pop a good one.
Akira...Closed last time but has also shown ability to stalk.
Margaret Lillian.
Ave's Halo.

Gnostic...Iffy pick off of the last two - but might wake-up with class relief.
Bundestag...Ben in the hunt recently.
Praetorian Guard...Hmm. On the improve - but last was on dirt. Two good works coming into this. But trainer on an oh-fer-2012.
Sports Day.

Corail...Indian Charlie on top. Has a sib - Divine Music - that won its second start. Pletcher trains. Should be live first-time out.
Girluphigh...Expensive yearling buy might benefit from the education last time.
Liquid Lunch...Another that is eligible to improve with one under her belt.

Gimme Credit...First off the claim for Chad Brown.
Ampersand...In good form.
Power Blast...Stretches off of two sprints.
Modern Child.
So Scott.

Red Code...Got the wake-up call last time - second off the claim. Adds blinkers and might come right back against limited winners.
Catalina Island...Ambitiously-placed last time. Better fit with these.
Giant Sleep... AE. Can't fault the record so far.
Leroi's Royal Lass.
Simple Exchange.
Stay Composed.

EIGHTH RACE - $100K Fleet Indian
Risky Rachel...Went back and forth between the top two but eventually leaned this way on the huge win here last year.
Opus A...Likely to say 'catch me if you can'.
Miss Valentine...Two back was a dud but typically goes well vs state-breds.
Lady on the Run.

NINTH RACE - $100K Morrissey
Uncle T Seven...Dominguez/Dutrow could upset on best effort.
Saginaw...Might kick myself - but I'll take a slight shot against this one on the record over the track.
Bandbox...In good form.
Fiddlers Afleet.

Money in Motion...Tony Dutrow has cooled down after a ed-hot start at the meet - but this one looks capable.
Big Creek...Like the previous race I'm taking a slight shot against the logical contender - and this one will take plenty of action. But - there are obviously red flags flying on the drop. A big win on the drop-down wouldn't be a shock though.
Dan and Shiela...Another Pletcher dropper that could runaway with this if right.

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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