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Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Friday, August 24, 2012
Meet Total ... 92-309
[corrected total races - we added one extra in this past Monday]

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6-9. Winners in the 2nd [$2.40], 3rd [$2.60], 5th [$4.20], 7th [$3.80], 8th [$4.70], and 9th [$6.50]. Also, B-C exacta in R6 [$26.00/$2]. In R8 a cold A-B-C finish for the exacta [$10.40] and tri [$31.80].

Congratulations to the three players that used 10-1 Black Ace to kick off their winning P6 tickets. Once you got past that winner in R4 [$23.80] things got kind of chalky: R5, $4.20; R6, $7.80; R7, $3.80; R8, $4.70; R9, $6.50. And yet the P6 paid a very generous $18,299.00/$2.

14,712 attended and the weather continues to be excellent - warm and sunny.


15th annual Battle of the Brews: The backyard will play host to the area's best brews as adults enjoy the ultimate in beer tasting. Admission is $30 per person; which includes a souvenir tasting glass. The event runs from noon to 4pm.

Travers Eve Party: NYRA and the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce invite racing fans to gather on Broadway in downtown Saratoga Springs for the third annual Travers Eve Party. Held on the eve of the Travers, the event will feature autograph sessions with Saratoga’s leading jockeys in the parking lot of the Saratoga Downtowner motel from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Travers Eve Party will also include live music and strolling entertainment from 7 to 10pm

Wickapecko...Like Corinthian as a win-early sire. Worked 21.2 before 2YO sale.
K to the Croft...Also with some win-early breeding.
Lighthouse Bay...Same scenario - could be interesting first out.
Magical Moon.

No More Fives...Sire is off to a red-hot start - but this one is in for a tag in debut, stuck on the inside, and the dam hasn't done much in a win-early way. Hmmm.
Pure Treasure...Another sire that can produce precocious runners.
Chifa...If those firsters don't fire this we might regret not rating this gal higher. Experience counts - so does the drop from MSW.
Go the Distance.

Professor Fate...Tepid nod is a tough race. Hoping to bounce back to that 94 Beyer with a fast track today.
Charlie's Quest...Usually in the hunt and might appreciate the move in for a tag.
Reserved Quality...Can stalk and pounce.
Fusa Code.

Bridgetta...Might have a slight edge on the numbers.
Esthers Classy Las...Seemed to show some life last time.
Carrot Thief...12-time loser shows some oomph on occasion.

Gimme Credit...Near-miss in a similar race last time could have him set to go today.
Hear the Footsteps...Another that could be primed to go well here.
The Thinker...ML line fave will tak action off of the nice improving record and hot trainer - steps up another condition however.

Button Girl...Iffy on this one on the cutback and the last two works - but Dominguez onboard and should compete if ready.
Revenue...Another one off a little bit of a layoff. Working well and perhaps more of a turf sprint specialist than the top pick.
Pleasant Heiress...Has high speed.
Madame Giry.

Frivolous Alex...Some class relief and has run well vs better.
Zeenut...Should fit here.
Little Red Rider...Third off the long layoff and improved nicely last time.
Sally's Dream.

Isn'tlovejustgrand...Claim and drop for Repole.
Silver Timber...Likes this track and was an OK third in the same race last time.
Saints Alive...Has gone well last two.
Luigi P.
Fastest Magician.
Rudy Rudy Rudy.

NINTH RACE G1 $500K Ballerina
Turbulent Descent...Solid win in 7F G1 Test on this track last year.
It's Tricky...3-for-3 as a 4YO but could to try another stake laster in the weekend.
Nicole H...Always in the hunt.
Derwin's Star.
Belle of the Hall.

Picture Book...Seems live on the drop.
Let the Kitten Run...Also eligible to step it up with class relief.
Fun and Gains...Might better this rating with the return to turf.
Bluegrass Rumor.

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