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Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Friday, August 17, 2012
Meet Total ... 69-249

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3-11. Winners in the 2nd [$7.70], 3rd [$3.60], and 8th [$7.20]. Also C-A exacta in R1 [$29.60/$2]. C-A-B-D finish in R5 for the exacta [$18.00], tri [$62.00] and super [$261.00]. Cold $31.00 exacta in R8. In R9 it was C-A for a $53.50 exacta. And in R11 it was a reverse B-A exac ta [$16.40].

A solid Thursday afternoon crowd of 18,258 showed up. The weather was partly cloudy with some sun. Temps were warm and still a little bit muggy. A downpour hit the track just prior to the R10, the featured West Point. But that precip moved through in about ten minutes and the sun reappeared.


Fabulous Fillies Day: NYRA will celebrate women and their contributions to the thoroughbred industry while raising funds to support The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Sawyers Trustylady...Went for a quarter-mil at 2YO sale. Worked 10.2 before auction. Indian Charlie on top and dam produced a precocious, talented sib in Trendy Lady.
Unabashed...Obviously live first time out simply based on the trainer.
Ruby Lips...Precociously bred and trained.
Sense of Reality.

SECOND RACE $100K Sumer guest
Ciao Bella...Undefeated and untested so far.
Moment in Dixie...Got some education in stakes company last time.
Harbor Mist...Might be the one to catch.
Peace Preserver.

Rusila...By Malibu Moon - could be interesting first out of the box in a field that has no world-beaters.
Stack the Storm...Sheppard runner comes in from PID and stretches off of two OK sprints.
Race Palace...Back to grass and drops from MSW.
Sands of Humor.

Gitchie Goomie...Defending champ in this race. Beaten open company in a G3 last out.
Hessonite...Clearly the one to beat.
Considerate...OK third here last time.
Elusive Rumour.

Shakeira...Might have to improve slightly Beyer-wise - but number increased a little with the move here last summer.
Inimitable Romanee...In good form.
Wholelottashakin...Seems in the improve.
Loyal Shadow.

Dance Card...Nice improvement to win in second start. Seems to have figured it out and should be eligible to go right through this condition.
Ginger Snapit...Form peak now?
Victory for VLTs...Beyers moving in the right direction.
Draw It.

Roses for Romney...Has some potential win-early breeding.
Withhonorandgrace...AE. Could prove tough with one under her belt.
Bustin on Cecelia...AE.Sire getting off to an interesting start.
Watch Your Biz.
Maybry's Girl.
Rosalie's Pleasure.
Heading to Toga.

Glorious View...Solid near-miss in second start.
It's Saturday Nite...Behind top pick in debut - but eligible to improve.
Yattasmokem...Should win sooner rather than later with Smoke Glacken on top.
Crafty Push.
Sweet Dixie Belle.

Ave's Halo...Solid try in a similar race last time.
Akira...On the improve.
Quiet Ending...Could rebound with move back to sprint.

Julep Tulip...Drops a step down the claiming ladder off of some OK tries.
Villanella...Maiden-breaker seems to indicate she should fit with these.
Market Princess...Probably better than latest effort.
Proud Dame.

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