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Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Meet Total ... 74-270

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3-11. Winners in the 4th [$3.60], 7th [$7.40] and 11th [$6.50]. in the 5th a B-C-A finish for the exacta [$62.50/$2] and tri [$146.50]. Cold exacta in the 7th [$26.40]. C-B in the 8th [$49.40]. And B-C in the 9th [$29.40]

34,308 attended. They enjoyed picture perfect weather - perhaps the best of the meet. Temps up in the 70s and no humidity.


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Kansas/Kimono...It looks like Kansas is improving with experience - and finished behind a good one last time. But, the one to beat is Kimono off of the solid near-miss early in the meet.
Grand Mere... Has precocious breeding.
Garmentos Girl...With Indian Charlie on top - meant to win sooner rather than later.

Bourbonology...Come from behind style leaves him with work to do - but there seems to be plenty of that in here - and Dominguez onboard enough for the nod.
Chasing Piper...Improved on grass.
Clever Spirit...Has shown life in the last couple.
Fast and Strong.

Revere...A modest step up off the claim - but had been facing better prior.
Backdown...Showed some speed on the drop last time - drops further today.
Side Party Ralph...Could prove interesting if he flashes speed.
Tough All Day.

First Whippoorwill...Has been solid since the return to turf.
Cosmic Energy...Broke through last time with Dominguez - and he stays aboard.
Wise Harmony...Lightly raced this season but impressed last time.
Bay Head Beauty.

Always Kitten... Nature and nuture with the sire and trainer good first out. Sib Overwhelming won its first two.
Colorful Image...Won't be a surprise to see improvement with one under her belt.
Citizen Emma...Another Pletcher runner that should benefit from first-out experience.
Lovely Dynaformer.

Hobbs...AE. Won first off the claim for Repole/Pletcher and - with the conditions - comes right back in a similar race.
Hear the Word...Behind the top pick last time in a little but of a dull effort. Looking for a rebound with the move to Ramon.
Our Entourage...Offered some early career promise for Repole/Pletcher - and might rebound to that with the class relief today.
Key to Power.

Wish to Opine...First start for Chad Brown. Dominguez rides. Has high early speed. Some things to like.
Phantasticus...Linda Ricce turf sprinter. Ran well in a similar event last time.
Bronze Beauty...Turf is the question mark. But has speed - and Pletcher/Velazquez.
Irish Wedding.

EIGHTH RACE G2$200K Lake Placid
Disposablepleasure...We'll roll the dice a little bit on this Pletcher trainee. Has face the best in the division on dirt - now returns to grass, but recent turf work was good.
Centre Court...Seems like the one to brat off of the G2 Lake George win.
Better Lucky...Just missed in the Lake George.
Stephanie's Kitten.

Ode to Sami...Looks to be getting some class relief here.
Molly Morgan...Should appreciate return to main track.
Royal Sighting...Will be rolling late.
Caviar N Champagne.
Marvelous Margaret.

Read the Research...Ambitiously spotted last time off the claim. Fits here.
Rodinia...NY-bred alw to open clm.
Grand Entry...Won't be surprised to see improvement off of latest.
Defalte the Bubble.

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