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by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Meet Total ... 96-319

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4-10. Winners in the 2nd [$5.20], 4th [$3.30], 8th [$4.70], 9th [$2.90]. Also, A-C exacta in the 2nd [$11.20/$2]. In R3 a B-A exacta [$17.60]. In R4 a cold A-B-D-C grand slam for the exacta [$12.40], tri [$29.40], and super [$56.50]. D-A-B in R5 [exacta, $30.60] and tri [$108.50]. And a $10.60 A-C exacta in the 9th.

Attendance was a solid 22,906. The weather continued to be picture-perfect, sunny and warm.


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Brigand...Cuts back. And returns from SoCal to again face NY-breds.
Dehere of the Cat...Seems on the improve and also cutting back.
Preachintothedevil...Mixed signals in that he was talented last year - but drops in for a tag on the comeback.
Iron Lou.

Bogart...Win-early sire with Lion Heart. Sib Her Smile was second in debut - but won next three including a stake. Would prefer if he had a different post - but we'll take a shot.
Delhomme...The likely horse to beat from Pletcher. Sib Smarts was fourth in debut - won next two. Worked 10.2 before sale.
Make Your Move...Expensive yearling purchase from McLaughlin/Darley could be live.

Saint Vigeur...Has some win-early breeding and connections. Granddam - Sweet Life - was a Ky Broodmare of the Year, also producing Sweet Catomine.
Security Analysis...We like the Klaravich 2YO sale purchases [this one worked 10.3 before auction] - but two-turns on the grass isn't the optimum scenario.
Chuckle...Should have gotten some good education from the debut and now gets the preferred surface.

Cinematize...Numbers fired in first three put her among the logical contenders - and Dominguez tips the scale.
Bonita Sonata...Last looks like an aberration. Let's hope so.
Bella Silver...Big number three back and might be primed to bounce back to that going turf-to-dirt.

Cajun Breeze...Might be ready to pop back to those 90+ Beyers fired at GP earlier this year.
Ascauga...OK try in first against winners last time.
Reload...Needs to live up to his name off of the latest - but is capable is able to fire best shot.
Hon de Leon.

Worthwhilepursuit...Might get some value on a Pletcher/Velazquez runner off of the debut dud. Won't be surprised to see improvement from this sib to Disposablepleasure.
Flashy Gal...Smart Strike on top. Sib Magnifi Cat took six to win but was second in debut. Sib Sindaan was also second in debut.
Wave Theory...Another with Smart Strike on top. Sib Doctor Doss won career debut as a 3YO earlier this year - 8-1 going 5.5F on turf.

Gossip Column...Seems on the improve Beyer-wise - but stuck in the bridesmaid position since breaking maiden and was not flattered by Friday's clunker by The Thinker.
Kharafa...Also has improving number - but also was behind The Thinker last time. It's that kind of race.
Sneaky Kitten...Yep - more of the same.

Quantity...Deep in the AEs, he's probably unlikely to go - but will certainly contend if in.
Change of Command... Also AE. Also tough if he takes part.
Arc Above...Has a good closing kick - and Dominguez.
Kangaro...Typically in the hunt.
Devon Rock...Might appreciate the return to grass.
Noll Wallop.

NINTH RACE - G2 $250K Ballston Spa
Zagora...Tough race but clearly capable of taking this on her best effort.
Hungry Island...Also needs best - but can win if she gives it.
Tapitsfly...Could be the one to catch - although there might be some company up front.
Summer Soiree.

TENTH RACE - G1 $500K Test
Contested...Working well and might appreciate the cutback.
Book Review...Looks ready for move into stakes company.
Aubby K...Might prove interesting at 7F.
Gypsy Robin.
Amie's Dini.

ELEVENTH RACE - G1 $500K King's Bishop
Ever So Lucky...Admittedly taking a stab here - but this one ignited high hopes off of the 2YO debut win. Working well and could find the 7F trip to his liking.
Currency Swap...Attempting to go 4-4 on this track - while chasing his second Saratoga G1!
Trinniberg...A solid 3YO stakes sprinter.
Unbridled's Note.
Gun Boat.
TWELFTH RACE G1 $1mil Travers
Nonios...Seems to have become the 'wise-guy' horse - but could be legit off of the two triple-digit Beyers.
Neck n Neck...Seems in good form and might appreciate the trip - and a dry track.
Street Life...Hard to ignore the career-best Beyer in the prep race win.
Liaison...Baffert trainee might benefit from the race over the track.

Rollingwiththetide...Scat Daddy solid on top. Sib Funny Moon was second in debut, won next two, became a G1 winner. Sib Home Crowd was a debut winner.
Night Site...Last would seem to signal him as best of those with experience - but with four near-misses he's becoming an iffy play on top.
Reflecting...Has improved with move to turf.
Kris Royal.

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