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Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Sunday, September 1, 2013
Meet Total ... 96-397

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4-12. Winners in R3 [8.50], R8 [3.80], R11 [8.10], R12 [7.80]. Gimmicks: R2 ... Df-Bc-Ab "A" "E" scr x 44.20 t 338.00; R3 ... ABx x 24.00; R6 ... Be-Ab-Cf "A" "C" "D" scr x 27.60 t 61.00; R7 ... BCx x 33.00; R12 ... A-Cd-x "B" scr x 37.60.

20068 attended. Weather was overcast with some brief spits of precipitation early - warm and humid.


Saratoga Beer Stein Giveaway: Free with paid admission; while supplies last.

Family Fun Fest: Rruns from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the backyard. All proceeds from games, pony rides and other select activities benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region.

Final Stretch Music Festival: Music will fill the streets of downtown Saratoga from 7 to 11 p.m. with a mix of jazz, blues, acoustic, funk, rock and pop.

FIRST RACE $100K Speed Boat
Samitar...Graded stakes quality filly won a restricted stakes easily two back.
Ruthenia...Similar scenario to top pick - this one was a close-up second to a longshot winner in a restricted stake here on 8/3.
Orion Moon...2-2 since arriving stateside - gets tested here.
Baffle Me.
Dirt: Baffle Me, Harbor Mist, Abaco, Cash for Clunkers.

All Star Kitten...AE list. Sire and trainer can win early. Sib Empire Builder ran sixth twice before winning - but first two career starts were on dirt, win came when switched to grass.
Lemon De Oro...More breeding and a trainer who can have them ready. Nice string of works at Fair Hill before heading to Saratoga.
Courtesan...Expect improvement with one under the belt and the move to turf.
Stock Yard Hen.
Ketel Twist.
Dirt: Same as above plus Knacque, Radiant, Clever Beauty.

Hamnet...Good looking debut late last year on synthetic at Woodbine. Should bring some added to maturity to this one on the return.
Our Emerald Forest...A couple of solid tries at Belmont in June.
Darley entry...Iron Works should benefit from first-out education. Frame might prove interesting on the stretchout and with the move to turf.
Standup Paddle.
Mio d'Oro.
Dirt: Tiz for Tat, Quinby Pete, Hamnet, Tapit Quick, Relentless Ride.

Cayambe...Maker/Ramsey runner moves up off of claim - and returns to turf. Has sprinted on turf successfully in the past - and bullet work indicates readiness.
Alcomatch...Also first off the claim and should fit nicely with this bunch.
Saint Pete...And yet another coming off the claim - and seemingly nicely spotted.
Precious Metal.
Dirt: Shankopotamus, Cayambe, Chasing Moonlight, Alcomatch, Real Estate, Shmooz Talker.

My Sparky...Should fit this company slightly easier than last time. Might be the one to catch.
Dixie Babe...Lighlty-raced 4YO might come back running.
D'princess...Another with some early speed.
Pow Wow Wow.

Al's Rosie...Won at this price two back.
Correspondent...Goes first off the claim for potent outfit.
Belle of the West...Moves up slightly but seems in good form.
Melody Lin.
Saturday Nthe Park Zencat.
Dirt: Time On My Hands, Saturday Nthe Park, Zencat, Gustavia.

Recepta...AE list. High-priced yearling purchase has some win-early breeding.
Spanish Gold... Firster from Pletcher. 'Nuff said.
Premura...Win early breeding.
Riviera Romp.
Perfect La Compete.

Done Smoking...Could be primed to pop.
Lady Nitro...Improved on turf. Faces NY-breds today.
Eddy's Time...Getting closer.
Dirt: Same plus Islarama, Dance I can.

NINTH RACE - G3 $150K Saranac
Notacatbutallama...Should appreciate return to turf - although dirt stakes win was OK.
Frac Daddy...Quick comeback after successful turf debut.
Tattenham...Over-matched last time.
Dirt: Repole entry, Frac Daddy, Saint Vigeur, Battier.

TENTH RACE - G1 $300K Spinaway
Sweet Whiskey...Hung out wide but impressed in debut for Pletcher.
Stopchargingmaria...Another impressive first-out winner from Pletcher.
Bahnah...Nice dead-heat win in a stake here on 7/19.
Brazen Persuasion.

Fast Falcon...Big class drop.
Abraham...Also finding some class relief.
North Ocean...Three-race win-streak.
Truth Is.

Golden Rule...Wake-up on the class move?
Medium of Exchange...Another taking a drop.
Dranley Bay...Improved on the comeback.

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