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by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Meet Total ... 51-196

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4-10. Winners in the 1st [3.90], 3rd [3.20], 4th [5.80], and 9th [4.80].

14540 attended. Heavy rain before R8 on Thursday and more rain over night and into Friday morning knocked all the turf races over to the main track. Friday the weather was warm and humid, overcast and occasionally drizzly, with the sun popping through on one or two occasions.


TV ALERT: HOTY Wise Dan in the G2 Fourstardave on NBC, 5pm ET.

Tenango...Had some traffic last time - expect better today.
Moonlit Song...Could be primed in third start back.
Ithastobegeorge...Also third start back and gained experiece vs winners last time.
Tug of War.

Roman Invader...Set to rebound with return to dirt.
Expression...Should fit here.
Ann's Smart Dancer...Been in the hunt all year.
Greed and Fear.

The Sixties...Moves up but could be a fit off of the nice win in the first dirt try.
Where's Danny...Also successful last time in first on dirt.
Sayler's Creek...Could be primed for a good effort.

Neat Package...Sheppard trainee stepped up nicely with the move to turf. Off since December - but might be interesting with some 2YO to 3YO maturity.
Can't Catch Kate...Chad Brown runners have gotten hot - especially on turf.
Poster Girl...Ran best ace last time.
Big Love.Br> Weave.

Prudent Investor...First off the claim for crafty claiming connections.
Logan Street...Last few fit with these.
Vinny Goodtimes...AE list. Broke maiden nicely here on 7/21.
Flowing Mane.
Smoke Town.
Dirt: Dighton, Harley, Prudent Investor, Kiss of Thunder, Attenborough.

Sound of Freedom...Pletcher trains. War Front on top. Nature and nuture at work. Fired a 10.2 at 2YO sale.
Point Hope...Also dangerous first time with breeding and connections.
Pecorino...AE list. Experience counts and Pletcher runner ran a good second behind a nice winner here on 7/22. Dangerous if in.
In Trouble.

Soul House...Big closing effort to run second here last time. Needs things to go right with that running style.
Ambassador Bridge...Also ran a good second last time.
Charlie's Punch...Just behind top pick last time - could be primed in third start back.
Even Got Quiet.

Abraham...Pletcher trainee tries turf but drops from stakes in NW1.
Leadem in Ken...Won in an improved effort with the move to grass.
Willy Elliot...Another trying turf - but has shown some talent.
Peace and Justice.
Ghost Hunter.
Dirt: Abraham, Magic Harbor, Willy Elliot, Ghost Hunter, Pontus.

NINTH RACE - Auntie Mame $100K
Hedonemewrongsong...Could be an interesting runner with a Sheppard Special type MO.
Praia...Stuck in a bridesmaid role - but a couple of the recent runner-up finishes were behind the talent Kitten's Dumpling.
Summer of Fun...Seems improved this year.
Effie Trinket.
Dirt: Flash Forward - then same as above - then Skyfall.

TENTH RACE - G2 $500K Fourstardave Hcp
Wise Dan...Reigning HOTY gives up some weight - but looks plenty good enough.
King Kreesa...NY-bred won open G3 Poker last time on the front-end.
Lea...Second to Wise Dan last time.
Mr Commons.

Update: Whoops! We had the wrong horses/race listed... Corrected now.
Adirondack Dancer...In good form.
Short Shirft...Run well here.
North Star Boy.
Third Knight.

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