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Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Sunday, July 19, 2020
Meet Total ... 11-31

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Turf picks are turf only - unless otherwise indicated.


5-11. R2 ... BCA; R3 ... A-Bc-Cd "B" scr 2.80 x 13.20 t 22.60; R7 ... ABC 3.60 x 9.50 t 21.80; R9 ... Axx 4.90; R10 .. ADCB 6.00 x 25.20 t 85.50; R11 .. Ab-Bc-x "Aentry" scr 7.20 x 25.60

Weather: Sunny, warm, slightly humid.


Dr Shane...Moves down the claiming ladder and brings in a bullet work.
Banana Theif...Contends if ready off the layoff.
Dowse's Beach/New York's Finest...Both fit well with this group.
Bustin Shout.
Dirt: 3-9-10-8.

Deep Sea...Last couple of Beyers stack up vs these.
Hardcore Folklore...Primed off the past two?
Vineyard Sound...Looks to have a class edge.
Lazarus Project.

Dovima...Union Rags a good win-early sire. Sibs Little Emma and Secret Gypsy won their debuts.
In Front...Seems to have met some salty fields so far.
Witch Moon...'Fresh face' - but lone racing sib is 0-3.
Halo City.

Releasethethunder...Top three all look good enough. This guy was the beaten fave in seasonal debut. Might improve off that effort.
Candy Cornell...Typically in the hunt.
Twelfth Labour...Dangerous off-the-claim trainer.
Queen's Mason.

Mischievous Dream...Win-early sire. Sib Keepthedreamalive started career running 7,6 - but then won three straight.
Martinez...Sibs were not win-early -- but won't be shocked by a good try in debut.
Competitive Hero...Beaten fave might improve from that run.
Eagle Orb.
Dirt: 11-2-8-4.

Sentry...Perhaps a slight edge if ready to roll.
Kroy...Lightly-raced past two seasons but runs well on grass.
Zero Gravity...Dangerous off the Churchill tries.
Space Mountain.
Dirt: 6-3-8-11-10.

Lucifers Lair...Win-early sire and trainer.
Our Flash Drive...Has some works that indicate she might be live right out of the box.
Stone Town...Sib Dviine Music was 6,1 to start career.

Saratoga Love...Broke through in latest and seems capable of going well again. Rosario riding well in turf sprints.
Light in the Sky...Just missed in a similar event last time.
My Sassy Sarah...Similar scenario to Light in the Sky.
Winifred J.
Dirt: 8-3-6.

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Cat's Pajamas...Undefeated on turf.
Lashara...Just behind top pick last time.
Stunning Sky...Will be rolling late.
Blame Debbie.
Dirt: 2-4-5-6.

Control Group...Class drop. Turf-to-dirt.
Malibu Pro...Also finding some class relief.
Scarf It Down...Off the latest.
Grit and Glory.

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.

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