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Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Friday, August 31, 2012
Meet Total ... 103-364

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1-11. The jinx continues... As soon as we noted that after Saturday's card we were poised to make a run to the 120-win mark we went into the tank. Thursday was the fourth straight day of anemic numbers for winners-on-top.

Winner in the 3rd [$2.50]. Second selections won three more - and top picks finished second in a couple of races - but close doesn't count.

Otherwise: A B-A-C finish in R2 for the exacta [$56.50/$2] and tri [$175.50]. And a $38.00 C-A exacta in R8. A few other gimmicks for those that played around - but Thursday simply wasn't much of a day.

11,750 attended. Warm and sunny.


Party at the Spa: 2:30pm post time. The fun will continue after the races at Saratoga hot spot, The Post, adjacent to the Paddock. The after-hours party will feature a mix of food, drinks, and live music from the band Two Tenors of Rock.

Mrs Bean...Worked 10.0 before 2YO sale. Sib Law Enforcement won debut and followed up with a stakes win. This one makes first start without Lasix.
My Happy Face...Preferred half of the entry off of the decent try last time.
Yankeeindixieland...Some win-early breeding and a trainer that can have them ready.
Wild One.

Purest Form...Tossed in a little bit of a dud last time - but prior efforts were good enough. Dominguez rides.
Hobbs/Never on Time...Hobbs preferred after winning a somewhat similar race last time.
Cantonic...Riding a 3-race win-streak.
Volcano Run.

Mildly Offensive...Formerly SoCal-based stakes performer goes first-time Pletcher off of a bullet work.
Strike the Moon... Nice win over the track last time - also sports a bullet in prep for this.
Tiz the Argument...Would be the one to beat if able to recapture that 90-Beyer form from the end of last year.
Kid Kate.

Hitechnoweenie...Has some win-early breeding with a couple of first-out winning sibs.
Smittenwithkitten/Win for Kitten...SmittenwithKitten preferred off of an OK debut - although the winner came back to falter as the fave on Wednesday. Firster Win for Kitten could prove interesting if in from the AEs.
Oscar Party...AE. Improved stretching on the grass.
Sustained...Comes out of a salty MSW dirt sprint.
Giant's Jewel.

Yankee Fourtune...Drops off the claim.
Liston...First off the claim for Asmussen. Dominguez rides.
Surprise Strike...Last couple were at PID. And finds some class relief today.
King Ting.

Everydoghashisday...AE. Just missed in similar last time.
Huge Asset...Has some nature and nuture at work - but must overcome the inside post.
Goodtolook...Back fairly quickly off of an OK debut effort.
Noosh's Tale.
Pie's First Lady.

Joking...Seemed to get some good experience out of the debut. Tough if able to improve second time out and on the stretchout.
Tiz Yankee...Will try to take them all the way.
Cape Glory...Just missed last time. Adds blinkers today.

RACE EIGHT - $100K Riskaverse
Angel Terrace...Will need to step it up but Sheppard runner looks capable of doing that.
Dayattthespa...Brown stakes winner is certainly the one to beat.
Alaura Michele...Dual-stakes winner here.

Into the Fray...First off the claim for Rudy. Comes out of an OK second in a similar race.
Partly Mocha...Back in for a tag.
Synthesizer...Moves NY-bred alw to open claimer.
Bravo Habibi.

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