Equidaily Racing Journal

Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Meet Total ... 15-51

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5-10. Winners in the 3rd [$17.80], 4th [10.80], 7th [11.20], 8th [6.30], and 9th [5.00]. Cold exactas in the 3rd [$34.20/$2] and 7th [$37.20]. More gimmicks: R2 CBD x 24.00 t 108.50; R3 ABD x 34.20 t 211.00; and R9 ACBD x 15.80 t 37.60 s 146.00.

10119 attended. Still a touch of humidity - but temps have moderated at it was very pleasant. Mostly sunny.


College Day: Saratoga Race Course will welcome college students back to their favorite course with the fifth annual College Day. All college students will receive free grandstand admission with a valid college ID. The highlight of the event will be a chance for students to win a $1,000 scholarship after each of the day's races, courtesy of NYRA, along with many other great prizes.

FIRST RACE - Kiser Novice $75K
Dr Skip...Seems to have taken to the jumps.
Pape entry...Both Martini Brother and Poweofone look capable from the Sheppard barn.
Barnstorming...Class edge?
Sharp Numbers.

Pure Sensation...Sire off to a hot start. Dam was a stakes winner - this is her first foal.
Orientate...Precocious nature and nuture at work. Worked 10.0 before sale.
Corfu...Could be the one to beat from the Pletcher barn. Worked a fastest 20.4 prior to auction.

Little Miss Brown...We like Big Brown as a sire of precocious runners.
She's Coal Fired...Might rebound on the class move.
Thundering Gale...Trainer can have them ready.
Chase My Tail.

Beautiful But Blue...Third start back. Ran well here last year.
Willet...Seasonal debut wasn't much - but romped when last seen in state-bred company.
Miss Valentine...Behind top pick - but OK in a similar stake here in 2012.
Clear Pasaj.

Our Amazing Rose... Pletcher filly worked a blazing 9.4 - fastest - at OBS.
Snowbell...Tapit intrigues on top.
Mobilize...Like Snowbell the nature is perhaps more intriguing than the nuture.
Zip On.

White Rose...Tepid vote on consistency.
Divine Luck...Could be primed to run well today.
Precarious...Lightly-raced. Might still have some upside.

Pan Dulce...First off the claim for Maker/Ramsey.
It's Your Dime...Might be the one to catch.
J Rose Gal...Looks primed to go well in third start back.
Brickhouse Baby.
Viva Allegiance.

EIGHTH RACE - Quick Call $100K
No Distinction...Question makr is the turf.
Weekend Hideaway...Solid in turf debut.
Salutos Amigos...Was facing some of the better runners in the 3YO division - could be interesting in this spot.
Strike the Note.

Zencat...Should be capable in a competitive race.
Implied...Has some early speed.
Beverage Queen...Tempted to put her on top - but she'll be up against it with the come-from-the-clouds style.
Casual Elegance.

Roman Invasion...Goes for red-hot trainer.
Channel Marker...Should be a good fit with this bunch.
Decisive Move...Trainer good first-off the claim.

If we are interested in both halves of an entry -- in event of a scratch -- it is noted that way [in other words, both halves are named]. If only one-half of the entry is named, then we prefer that half and will move to our next pick listed [rather than the other half of the entry] in event of a scratch.

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