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Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Friday, August 15, 2013
Meet Total ... 66-249

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5-11. Nice day - not quite the break-out day we've been waiting for, although we might have been able to take credit for that if 8-1 Tapit Express had gotten a whisker up in the R10 photo - doh!. Still - a good day: Winners the R2 [$13.80], R4 [10.60], R6 [3.60], R7 [14.40] and R9 [6.00].

Gimmicks: R2 ... ABD x 28.00 t 140.00; R4 ... ADx x 77.00; R6 ... A-Bd-x "B" "C" scr x 16.00; R7 ... ABx x 77.50; R9 ... ADx x 29.00; R10 ... Ef-A-x "D" scr x 76.00; R11 ...FEDC x 50.00 t 362.50 s 901.00.

18309 attended. It was another nice day - sunny and comfortable [still a little cool in the morning].


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Apologies - late posting today due to technical difficulties - but we are up and posted well prior to first race post time.

Gentle Jim...Hoping for a catch-me-if-you-can run.
Poppy's Watching...Seems on the improve.
Slimshady...Repeat of two of the last three performances will let this one compete here.
Hooked Forever.

Rodriguez entry...Margaret Ownzit has breeding and trainer that say win-early is not out of the question. Livininthefastlane also popssible first out.
Broman entry...Artemis Agrotea and Star Grazing have some nature-nurture punch.
Paolangeli entry... Noon Time Shower and Freud's Sunset should be capable first out.
Alwaysinstillettos...Breeding is not necessarily win-early - but works attract attention.
Sassy Salsa...Keep this one in mind with Henny hughes on top -- if the odds warrant a second look.

THIRD RACE - $150K Yaddo
Dayatthespa...Should be tough moving in vs NY-breds.
Shakeira...Better than latest.
Sally's Dream...Tested here - but could be interesting at a price.
Inimitable Romanee.

Laguna Girl...Third off the layoff and could be primed on the cutback from a near-miss at 7F last time. Rosario rides.
Fevered Kiss...Turf-to-dirt and the 8/11 work is live.
Mahna...Nice number last time on dirt.
Delany Road.

Aireofdistinction...Seems improved last two - including last one on turf.
True Courage...Beaten fave in career debut - might have some added maturity off the layoff.
Iroquois Girl...Has shown flashes. Rosario rides.
Sweet Potato.

Souper Speedy...Might be a good fit with this bunch.
Private Tale...Just think he's better than last two - prior numbers fit.
Brigand...Probably some class relief off of last two.
Saturday's Charm.

Coralita...Seemed to get the wake-up last time.
Coriander...In for a tag off of some improving numbers.
Love Is Key Kaz...OK numbers but trainer oh-fer 2013.

Spun Silky...Comes out of a win in something of a similar race last time.
Kiss Me Lola...Broke through last time in third career start with improving Beyers.
Quiet Ending...Typically in the hunt.
Strategic Missile.

Groomedforvictory...Contentious first-off claim in latest for Maker/Ramsey. Interesting again today.
So Scott...Wow - a 7F cutback! Certainly fits on some of the back numbers.
Bigger Is Bettor...Won a similar stake here last time.
Awesome Vision.

Alcomatch...Interesting off the claim for Rice.
Make a Fortune...Numbers fit here.
Awakino Cat...Solid just-miss here in latest.
Silent Pipe.

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