Equidaily Racing Journal

Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Meet Total ... 59-228

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Rosie's Song...No of this bunch offers anything that really inspires much confidence - but this guy has the career best Beyer of the field and if she can rebound to that effort two back - with the early speed - she might be tough to catch.
Soul Opposition...Could be interesting with the return to dirt.
Prize Taker...Also should appreciate return to main track.

Ainteasybeinggreen...Should benefit from the career debut.
Hard Rumor...Has some breeding punch. Trainer hot at the meet. Sib High Cry won career debut here in 2008 (1 1/16 turf MSW - for Pletcher).
Carolinian...Behind a very good one last time. Needs to rebound and improved off of debut effort - and recent grass works say that's possible.
Pepi's Find.
Harbor King.
Dirt: Same plus Howaboutwe.

Blockade Runner...Red-hot connections. Encouraging recent works. Sib Eye Forty Four took ten to win but was 10-1-4-2. Sib Land Lubber was 3rd in debut here at SAR at 11-1 in 2011 (MSW 7F).
Mr Style...Back on dirt. Adds blinkers. Has back numbers that make him dangerous.
Velocci...Trainer going well. Should fit with these.
Navajo Ca Lo.

Here's Zealicious...Has plenty of early speed. Rosario rides.
Asiya...That 83 Beyer would take this - but it was bookended by 60's. Hmmm.
Pow Wow Wow...In the hunt more often than not.
Momentary Magic.

Naughtynaughtygirl...Trainer and sire can fire first out. Sib Vicarious Won scored in career debut [Suffolk 2011].
Contessa entry...Trautman has some breeding with Distorted Humor on top. Sibs haven't done much. J Quirk has a decent try under her belt.
Cynical Storm...Connections potent. Dam's first foal to race.
Mallory Street.

SIXTH RACE - Stroll $100K
Java's War...Come-from-clouds style always leaves him with a lot to do - but might have a slight class edge.
I'll Call...Ran well here last time. Adds blinkers and could be primed.
Hardest Core...Just in front of I'll Call last time.
Winning Cause.
Dirt: Java's War. Saint Vigeur, then same as above, then Indy's Illusion.

Holiday's Jewel...Should compete well here if able to repeat latest. Likes this course.
Dust Em Mick...Numbers improving.
Starship Gambler...The one to catch?
Dirt: Currency Union plus same as above.

EIGHTH RACE - Troy $100K
Great Mills...Bona fide stakes-quality turf sprinter. Won the Quick Call here in 2011.
Strong Impact...Solid win here on 7/21.
Varsity...Third here on 7/21 despite slow start.
Dirt: Leave of Absence plus same as above.

Horned Frog...Went with Maker/Rosario in an evenly-matched bunch.
North Ocean...First off claim for Rodriguez. Riding a two-race streak.
Thunder Quay...Had four-race win-streak snapped last time with a narrow defeat.
Street Fight.

Myperfectvalentine...Might benefit from the class relief.
Tizallheart...Repeat of last will contend here.
Bargaining Table...Capable on best.
Curly Sue.
Dirt: Same plus High Inflation.

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