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Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Meet Total ... 54-196

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4-10. Winners in the 4th [$16.20], 5th [$9.10], 7th [$5.70], 8th [$4.10]. Cld exacta in the 4th [$54.50/$2]. An A-D exacta in the the 5th [$117.50] with two move-up picks after the surface change. And two or three more opportunities were out there playing around with the selections.

A crowd of 16,935 turned out. Weather-wise it was a little bit freaky with sun and rain competing for dominance early. A shower early in the card knocked all but R1 off the grass.


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Zeenut...In from out-of-town and should fit with this bunch.
Bakin' With Cindy...Ran well vs better last time. Also a good fit here.
Market Princess...Better than latest.
La Billos.
Skips Prospect.
Zeenut, La Billos, Market Princess, Private Councel, Proud Siren, Audington.

Brickyard Kitten...Win-early sire and trainer can have them ready. In off of some good works in Ky.
Newfound Zapper...Improved nicely with the stretchout on the grass. Blinkers off today.
Bernie the Jet...Showed speed on the stretchout last time. Might last longer today.
On dirt: Same plus Transparent, Pagets, Indy's Illusion.

Bayshore Blaze...His latest was probably good enough - but this is a tepid nod in a weak field.
Centrique...Has some numbers that look good enough - but flopped in last NYRA dirt start.
Argument's Sake...Lightly-raced. Might still have some upside and could appreciate return to the main track.
Theatre Queen.

Read the Proposal...Expensive NY-bred purchase from Klaravich. Worked 10.1 before sale.
Drivenbychocolate...Well-bred and win-early connections - will have to overcome inside post in debut.
Night Editor...Trainer can have them ready.

Geantor...Showed some nice improvement in the second start. Might be even better with a clean break.
Pure Nature...Solid try off of a short layoff. Blinkers on today.
Spider Fan...Might prove interesting if he takes to dirt.

Archwarrior...Pletcher trainee worked 10.2 before 2YO auction - but recent bullet works are even more impressive.
Rugged...Sure produces early winners - dam, not so much. But trainer can have them ready.
Hotter N Blazes...Win-early trainer.
Air Squadron.

Half Lucky...Better than last and could be primed to show it with move into conditional clmr.
Turn Up the Music...Has some back numbers and, like the top pick, might rebound to those against this bunch.
Mr E Philip...Figured it out last time.
To Dubai.
On dirt: Half Lucky, Grand Contender, Nick Rules, Leroidessioux, To Dubai, Tiny Predicament, Freedom Writer.

Marine...Seems shopping for the win on the drop.
Seminole County...Improved with the move to this level.
Distinct Humor...Could be live for Pletcher first time out of the box.
Silver Endurance.

Overcommunication...Looks best on the drop.
Bomber Boy...Ran well vs better last two.
Talented Whiz...Another dropping - this one for the nation's top owner.

Quantity...Solid claim three back by crafty owner. In good form since.
Change of Command...Has speed but might have competition.
Major Gain...Good number in lone turf try.
Mia Poppy.
On dirt: Quantity, Majestic Hope, Thunder Chief, Green Monster, Hoist, Charlie's quest, Major Gain, Irish Lion.

Wise Dan...One of the year's top handicap horses - and the recent bullet says surface switch should be no problem.
Guy Reward...In good form.
Data Link...Has gone well over past two seasons.
Corporate Jungle.
Get Stormy.
On dirt: Wise Dan, Crossbow, Guys Reward, Yield Bogey, Corporate Jungle.

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