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Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Meet Total ... 92-385

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1-9. Winner in R9 [6.20]. Gimmicks: R1 ... DCA x 30.20 t 74.50; R6 ... CADB x 13.80 t 91.50 s 229.00; R8 ... BCx x 30.20; R9 ... A-Cd-Bc "B" scr x 19.00 t 41.60.

16503 attended the twilight card. Mostly sunny, warm and humid.


TV ALERT: NBC Sports Network 4pm ET.

Final Stretch Music Festival: Music will fill the streets of downtown Saratoga from 7 to 11 p.m.

Solid downpour hit the city for about 30 minutes at around 1am.

Flirtatious Sprinh... Seems on the improve.
Schillerette...Lightly-raced but always in the hunt and broke through with a winning effort last time.
Broman entry...Both are capable on best efforts.
The Lady Says Yes.
On dirt: Schillerette, Mtion Lounge, Swift Taylor, Another Page, Mlle Margaux.

Shadow Banking...Win-early connection. Three sibs were precocious. Worked 10.2 before 2YO sale.
Patty and Nooche...Also has some win-early nature and nuture at work.
Mack Miller...AE list. Should benefit from debut effort.
Ring Weekend.
Romans Paradise.
Dirt: Same plus Financial Mogul.

Honor Code...Could be interesting in deubt. Sib Noble Tune won first two including a stake in 2012.
Misconnect...Firster from Pletcher is a sib to Winslow Homer and that one was third in debut and then won next three including a stake.
Tiznowforamerica...AE list. Good try in first effort.
Bro Rodrigeaux.
School Yard.

Cheyenne Nation...Won at this price level here on 8/22.
State Flag...Numbers on the improve but up against on this course with the come from behind style.
Tahoe Lake...Should be at an appropriate level.
On dirt: Most Happy Fella, North Ocean, Kid Sidney, Box Office, Idle American, Comes the Dream.

Village Warrior...Firster from Pletcher.
Good Response...Likely to be live in debut with connections and breeding.
Justin Nyugen...Good try to start career could be one to build on.
All My Memories.
Canadian Winner.

Cake N Cookies...With Read the Footnotes on top could be interesting in debut.
Stock Fund...Logical on the numbers - but a 20-time loser.
Rosalie's Pleasure...Good try in seasonal debut.
Live Life Fast.
Dirt: Same plus Carla Sweetrevenge, Rock N Cozy.

Justa Runner...Solid in SoCal maiden-breaker.
Tenango...Nice just-miss effort with a competitive Beyer here on 8/10.
Dawly...Capable on best.
Gombey Dancer.

EIGHTH RACE - G2 $250K Baruch Hcp
Silver Max...Likes the trip and is likely to be the one to catch - but will the late-night rain put some give into the course that will make him vulnerable?
Za Approval...Shipped west to run second to the very talented Obviously last time.
Turallure...Won this race in 2011 - but doesn't seem quite as sharp this season.

NINTH RACE - G1$500K Forego
Zayat entry...Fast Bullet is lightly-raced but has shown some sprinting brilliance. Adds intrigue however with the move to Lukas. Justin Phillip solid in the G2 Vanderbilt here on 8/4.
Sage Valley...Should contend off of the latest effort.
Strapping Groom...Has won two stakes since the claim four back.
Saratoga Snacks.

TENTH RACE - G1 $750K Woodward
Flat Out...Not convinced on Paynter - and this one seems likely to be able to stay close and perhaps get first run.
Paynter...Gets the test of the comeback today. Might have the pace advantage on this group. We'll see...
Successful Dan...Dangerous off of the good run in the G1 Whitney.
Mucho Macho Man.
Ron the Greek.

Formulaforsuccess...Bumps up slightly off of the claim but fits here.
East of Danzig...Seems in good form.
Bill of Rights...The one to catch.
Brown Indian.
On dirt: Romancing the Gold, Ea, Springcourt, Brown Indian, Jet Set Cat.

Confrontation...Impressive debut. Gets a test today but looks capable if able to repeat.
Much Stronger...2-2 at the meet and fits here.
King Henny...Nice try here last time.
Whiskey Romeo.

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