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Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Meet Total ... 92-365

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1-10. Winner in R1 [3.80]. R1 ... A-Bc-x "B" scr x 9.00; R2... Cd-Bc-A "B" scr x 57.00 t 109.50 s 351.40; R4 ... BAx x 24.00; R6 ... Cd-B-x "C" scr x 27.80; R10 ... CBA "D" scr x 32.00 t 126.50 s 679.00.

Attendance 11808. The weather seemed dicey in the morning, overcast with a cool mist in the air -- but the sun broke through by the afternoon and it remained sunny throughout the card with temps hot and humid.


Royal Fling Shot...Hoping that the Sheppard runner benefitted from the latest off of the long layoff.
Orchestra Leader...Like that this guy is coming off of two flat races.
Kingdom...Nice, improved effort in a similar spot last time.
Arrow's Conquest.

SECOND RACE - $75K Mrs Jeffords
Take Her Tothe Top...We won't get too clever - sticking with the top four out of the Mrs Phipps.
The Grey Express...Second in the Phipps.
Well Fashioned...Third.
Kisser N Run.

Little Rocket...Back to proper level after try vs G1 company last time.
Levine entry... Keep Bustin ran well in similar company last time. She's Stones Sis in good form - but kicks up class-wise.
Haldane...Going well in at this level.
Fiftyfour Forever.

Majestic Number...Missed by a nose last time - to break a win-streak.
Star Harbour...Dangerous on the class relief.
Schoolyard Dreams...Won at this price last time and claimed. Should fit here.
Blind Hope.

Ziptronic...Nice try three back - right here on 7/22. Has to get back to that one.
Off the Page...Just behind the top pick in that 7/22 race.
Jess Not Jesse...Would rate as top pick except for the post position.
Hebert Hall.

Victory Island...Just missed after leading in a similar race last time.
World Premier...Won second start of the meet here last season.
Full of Intent...Hmmm. Dud last time off the layoff - and claimed. Right back at same level. Has back numbers that are good enough - but did she need that last one - or has she gone the wrong way?
Flashy in Pink.

Lion Keen...Like Lion Heart as a first-out sire. Trainer also good in the win-early arena.
Kingston Bay...Certainly a contender off of the debut effort.
United States Won...More win-early breeding and solid works.
Enough already.
Mr O'Leary.

Total Talent...Has some breeding and trainer can definitely get them ready to sprint first time out.
Coal and Ice...Potent win-early sire and trainer.
Friends Pro...Experience counts and this one has some some ability.
Long Island Lee.
Golden Annie.

Roses for Romney...The one to catch.
Funny Money...Nice win here on 8/4.
Pure Amour...Solid efforts late spring. Off since.
Lady's Lunar Luck.

TENTH RACE - G2 $200K With Anticipation
Base Case Scenario...Improved nicely in second career start - with move to turf and stretching out. Probably has to step up a little again - but that seems possible in third career start.
General Jack...Solid stakes win last time - although not sure what the company was at Canterbury.
Bashart...Yet another that broke through in the second career start - and seems capable of moving forward again.
Tiger Bourbon.

Broken Trust Fund...Might pick up the pieces if the pace melts down.
Brandys Secret...Might regret not using her on top - she might run away and hide -- but see the potential of Sally's Dream adding some pressure.
Score Boyera...Might appreciate the return to turf.
Sally's Dream.

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