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Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Monday, August 12, 2013
Meet Total ... 57-218

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3-11. Winners in the 2nd [2.90], 5th [3.50] and 11th [6.70]. Gimmicks: R1 ... De-A-Cd "B" scr x 21.80 t 53.00; R3 ... De-Cd-x "C" scr x 169.50; R5 ... A-Cd-x "C" scr x 14.40; R6 ... BAx x 19.00; R7 ... BCD x 29.00 t 69.50; R8 ...DAC x 36.00 t 121.00; R10 ... BCx x 52.00.

Attendance announced as 46330 - although the was a Fourstardave bobblehead giveaway which bumped up attendance figures with 'spinners'. However, there was a sizeable crowd on hand and they enjoyed another nice day weatherwise-wise, sunny and comfortable.


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Charlie's Quest...Very slight nod in an evenly-matched field. Hoping for a rebound to better numbers fired before latest effort.
Inflation Target...Dangerous on the drop.
Equivocation...First off the claim for Maker/Ramsey.

I Jus Wana Hav Fun...Could be primed to go well.
Seven Dreams...Capable on best.
Hailey's Star...Gets some class relief and ran well at around this level two back.
Bin Elusive.

THIRD RACE - $100K Coronation Cup
Lignite...DQ'd from a solid turf sprint effort last time. Ward trains.
Magical Moon...Also ran well in a turf sprint last time.
Little Sandy...Could be interesting trying the grass for Dutrow.
Mystic Love.

Saltine Warrior...Stretches with a move to grass for Weaver.
Leroy Jr...Likely to go well for Brown.
Downgoesfrazier...Decent try here in latest.
National Buck.

Due Diligence...Win-early breeding and connections.
No Dishonor...Also could be primed to go well in debut.
Inventor's Gate...And another that could make an impression in first start.
Sum Superstar.

Inaflash...Had the lead and passed in a similar race here.
Rettalfa...Just behind the top pick last time.
Toast to Ashley...Class relief.
Darnley Bay.

Hello Lover...Nod off of the numbers fired in last two.
Bernie the Maestro...Big number when last seen on dirt.
The Truth and K G...Last was an OK fourth in first try vs older.

EIGHTH RACE - $100K Kid Russell
Hardened Wildcat...Beaten fave last time - by Strapping Groom - but number are maybe a little more consistent than that one.
Strapping Groom...Looks like the one to beat off of the latest.
Leave of Absence...Third to top two two back.
Laurie's Rocket.

Volcano Run...Has some back numbers that are interesting. Don't typically like turnbacks on grass - but could make some noice first off the claim for Rice.
Radiohead...Also on the cutback - but showed speed going longer last time.
Don't Say No...Should fit here.
Special Selection.

Town Flirt...Drops in for a tag.
Chick in Slacks...Competitive numbers last two.
Delightful Dawn...AE list. Seems in good form.
Pauper's Queen.
Beautiful Risk.
Another Please.

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