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Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Meet Total ... 44-176

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2-10. Winners in the 5th - on a DQ [3.20] and 8th [5.80]. Plus a few gimmicks using the picks - R2 ... BADC x 13.60 no tri, super - only four ran; R5 ... ADBC "D" 1st DQ'd to 2nd x 23.40 t 62.00 s 184.50; R7 ... CBx x 49.40; R9 ... BAx x 30.00.

Attendance was 16858. Weather: Partly sunny and warm.

Wednesday evening featured the annual renew of the jockeys vs horsemen charity basketball game -- benefitting the Race Track Chaplaincy. Final score 46-39 in favor of the horsemen's team which included Todd Pletcher, Elliot Walden, Rick Schosberg, Mark Hennig, coach Kiaran McLaughlin and more. Jeremiah Englehart is a player! And apprentice jock Manuel Franco has some game! He was joined by Rajiv Maragh, John Velazquez, Joe Rocco, the Ortiz brothers and more. A good time was had by all.


International Day: The New York Racing Association, Inc. will celebrate cultures around the world during the inaugural International Day. The first-time, day-long celebration of global culture and heritage will feature traditional music, dance, entertainment, crafts and food from countries and regions around the world. Countries and regions represented include Armenia, China, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Latin America, Poland, Taiwan and Ukraine.

Take Her Tothe Top...Fairly new to the jmps - but OK last two.
Kisser N Run...Good closing kick last two.
Well Fashioned...Nipped Kisser N Run last time - going longer.

Gentle Cat...Good combo of nature and nurture.
Nutmeg...Light on the works but also has win-early breeding and connections.
Miss Narcissist...Another that could come out running.
Con Gee.

Colony Strike...Perhaps excuses for the two clunkers in the midst of four wins.
Point Taken...Goes out for potent claiming connections.
Windswept...Seems in good form.
Suns Out Guns Out.

Holiday's Jewel...AE list. Might have an edge - if she gets in.
Wickapecko...Seems on the improve.
Sabouli...AE list. Has some closing punch.
Starship Gambler.
Stick to Your Guns.
English rhythm.
Rain Forest.
Dirt: My Sparky, Rain Forest, Holiday's Jewel, Silver Prize, Bricks and Clicks.

Bluegrass Flash...A win-early type scenario.
The Mooche...Could be interesting first out of the box.
Coronel entry...Marvin's Miracle has experience. Luv Dakota Skye has some breeding.
John Bailey.
Dirt: Same plus Thug Daddy, Free Mugatu, Justice Dept.

More Hundred Acre...Beyers moving in the right direction.
Southern Tier...Also looks to be moving forward on the numbers.
Ale...Got some experience vs winners last time.
Kanturk Kid.
Prado Cat.
Dirt: Same plus Two Ts At Two B, Jumpinofftheedge.

Score Boyera...Class relief.
Victory Island...Back on dirt.
Cinematize...Could be dangerous moving out of NY-breds and into open claimers.
World Premier.

Keep Bustin...Capable on best.
Golden Galaxy...The one to catch?
Lenders Way...Been right there last two in similar company.
Discreet Force.

Palace Dreams...Showing promise early on.
Adriatic Dream...Seems capable of competing here.
Frosty Bay...Typically gets a piece.
Image of Noon.
Dirt: Kelli Got Frosty, Maxana, Palace Dreams, Lisalisalee, Jerusalem Stone.

Melody Lin...Race over the track might have her primed.
Belle of the West...Fits here.
Wellspring Legacy...AE list.
Dirt: Yampa River, Belle of the West, Bozique, Milkyyourway.

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