Equidaily Racing Journal

Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Friday, August 23, 2013
Meet Total ... 80-311

Stop by the equidaily.com HOME PAGE for all the day's racing headlines from across the country and around the globe. Bookmark it and stop by regularly!
Don't forget to check out the Challenge page where we started the month with a mythical $1200 bankroll and attempt to increase that amount as the Saratoga season continues.


1-9. Seemed like a tough day for most handicappers - at least as far as winners-on-top - and we were no exception. Winner in R1 [3.90]. Gimmicks: R1 ... Aentry-D-Aentry-B x 25.00 t 95.00; R2 ...DBA x 104.50 t 452.00; R4 ... De-A-B "C" scr x 35.20 t 72.50; R5 ... C-B-F-D x 27.00 t 65.50 s 291.00; R7 ...CDx x 41.60.

13775 attended. Weather was sunny, warm and humid.

There was some rain Thursday night - but the Friday forecast looks good.


'Free Beer and Hot Wings' Morning Show: The nationally syndicated talk radio show 'Free Beer and Hot Wings' will take their morning antics trackside with a live broadcast at Saratoga Race Course from 6 to 10am.

Special Ceremony to Honor Saratoga Jockeys: The New York Racing Association will host a special ceremony to honor the three all-time leading jockeys at Saratoga Race Course: John Velazquez, Jerry Bailey and Angel Cordero, Jr. A commemorative plaque will be unveiled to mark the outstanding accomplishments of the three riders. Track announcer Tom Durkin will serve as emcee. The ceremony will take place outside the paddock at 11:30 a.m. The event is free and open to the public

16th annual Battle of the Brews: The Event Tent will play host to the area's best brews as adults enjoy the ultimate in beer tasting. The festival will feature some of the best microbrewery beers in the area with proceeds benefiting the American Red Cross Adirondack-Saratoga Chapter. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 on day of the event. The event runs from noon to 4 p.m.

Family Friday: Friday marks the meet's sixth Family Friday, held each Friday from noon to 4 p.m.

Havana...Stuck in the 1-hole but can't ignore the high-powered connections... Or the expensive price at the 2YO sale... Or the fastest work at that sale - 9.3
Kendall's Boy...Win-early sire and trainer. Sib Lily Olay started career earlier this year going 5-2-2-1.
Financial Mogul...Beaten fave in debut but connections typically do well here with their 2YOs.
Kowboy King.

SECOND RACE - $100K Chowders First
Night Maneuver...Hard to ignore the big win here in the latest effort.
NFs Destiny...Likely the one to catch.
The Lumber Guy...Undoubtedly has a class edge on these - but last couple were disappointments. Now back from a layoff and eligible to rebound - but we want to see this one before jumping back onboard.
Socialsaul/Spa City Fever.

Ground Force...Perhaps a slight Beyer edge - and some class relief off of the last two or three.
Crackerjack Jones...Lightly-raced and brings in a two-race win-streak.
Coaltown Legend...Have a feeling he's better than latest.
Dehere of the Cat.

Yo Blue...Drops for Ramsey juggernaut.
Unbridled Logic...Lightly-raced this year but seemed improved off te last few.
Pyro City...Looks to fit with these.
Dirt: Yo Blue, Drum Roll, Unbridled Logic, Thingamajigger, Coach AJ.

Ziggy the Great...Good first-out numbers for sire and trainer. Dam's first foal.
Maybrys Challenge...Likely to be competitive in debut.
Ainteasybeinggreen...Ward runner showed speed in debut and is absolutely eligible to improve off of that foundation. Dangerous.
Pete's Fleet.

Lutesifer...Pletcher runner gets serious class relief - plus a cutback and a move turf-to-dirt. Not in love with this one off of the first two - but some angles to like in a weak field.
Klaravich entry...Volatile Markets has similar scenario to top pick. Herd Mentality needs to rebound off of last two - but also drops and brings in a bullet work.
El Dreamer...Could prove interesting off of the two, improving efforts here.

Bustle...Moving to what is probably a realistic level.
Rice entry...Both halves look capable off of their latest efforts.
Alwaysinmycircle...Has some early foot.
Dirt: Casual Elegance, Another Page, Julesco, Rock Show.

Double the Energy...Dud off the layoff but eligible to rebound with move in for a tag.
Elusive Rumor...Has been competitive in minor stakes over the last few - dating back to last year.
Subtle...A good turf sprinter.
Dirt: Double the Energy, Jitney, Sentinmental Lass, Fiftyfour Forever.

NINTH RACE - G1 $500K Ballerina
Book Review...In from SoCal for Baffert. Likes this trip and won here last summer.
Dance to Bristol...Six-race win-streak in cludes a G2 here on 7/29.
Starship Truffles...Solid win in CRC G1 in latest effort.
Judy the Beauty.

Marine Patrol...Winner facing maidens [he was DQ'd from win in debut effort at Arlington].
Doc Cebu...Pletcher trainee has two good, improving efforts on grass. Adds blinkers today.
King of Broadway...Tries turf - but last effort was promising.
Mr Jenney.
Grand Giant.
Dirt: King of Broadway, Howie's Tiz, Town Extension, Marine Patrol.

If we are interested in both halves of an entry -- in event of a scratch -- it is noted that way [in other words, both halves are named]. If only one-half of the entry is named, then we prefer that half and will move to our next pick listed [rather than the other half of the entry] in event of a scratch.

Archives of daily Best Bets picks and plays pages: 2013 ... 2012 ... 2011 ... 2010... 2009 ...2008 ... 2007 ... 2006 ... 2005 ... 2004 ... 2003

NOTE: If you feel you're experiencing problems receiving this page in a timely fashion each morning, please bookmark, the Best Bets archive page. Your ISP might be caching pages - meaning you're not receiving the most timely information. But the archive pages are unique, by date, and should always give you the most up-to-date info.

equidaily.com Best Bets Homepage Today's picks The Challenge Calendar Track Info Weather

Note: Pages on this site are labelled with the equidaily.com logo. Some links are for information only and lead to pages at other sites. equidaily.com is responsible only for the pages on this site. equidaily.com assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions. Always check with official sources to verify info.

E-mail any questions, comments, or suggestions:

email button

Copyright 2013 equidaily.com