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Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Meet Total ... 16-41

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Turf picks are turf only - unless otherwise indicated.

Yesterday [Sunday]

5-10. Another five-bagger. R2 ... ACD 4.70 x 23.80 t 75.00; R3 ... BACD x 28.80 t 53.00 s 92.00; R4 ... A-x-Bc "B" scr 4.20; R5 ... AxB "D" scr 12.20; R7 ... ACx 7.10 x 129.00; R8 ... CBA x 13.20 t 37.20; R10 .. ABx "D" scr 6.10 x 26.60

Weather: Hot and humid.

Decent start to the meet. Winners-on-top hitting at a 39% clip - with a positive ROI of 14%. Now we just have to keep it going!

2020 Best Bets Picks/Plays archive.


Snap Decision...Potent jumps trainer. This one has yet to miss an exacta in steeplechase action.
Galway Kid...My guy Sheppard brings in what might be a nice jumper in the making.
City Dreamer...An other from trainer of top pick.
Bodes Well.

Star of the West...Won as the fave under the waiver condition on the comeback. Now makes confident move up the claiming ladder for Rudy.
Box of Chocolates...High-percentage trainer is four days into the meet without a win. 4-0-2-1 record so far is not enough to make any decisions on - but just enough for me to put this likely favorite in the underneath position.
Bernin Thru Gold...Capable.
Wicksters Dream.

THIRD RACE - $85 K Lubash
Cross Border...Moves back in against NY-breds after having been competitive in open stakes over last few starts.
Blewitt...Likely to contend if he takes to grass.
The J Y...On the Beyers seems to be competing for second-place at best - but, we'll see...
Dante's Fire.
Dirt: 6-2-5.

Macho Jack...Interesting on the seasonal return. Looks like a good fit with this bunch.
Breithorn...Moves turf-to-dirt and MSW to mdn clm.
Tenderfoot...Also making the potent class move.
Lost in Rome.

Maxwell Esquire...Looks like a Beyers edge.
Three Jokers...Moves back into proper NX1 condition.
Crack Shot...Capable on best.
Luna's in Charge.
Dirt: 5-4-3-11-9.

O Shea Can U See...On the recent form.
Just Right...Like some others in here - certainly capable but questions raised on the drop in for a tag.
Eye Luv Lulu...Also seems to cause a head-scratch with the class drop.

Running On Entry...Slightest of nods in a wide-open race. Seemed to show a little oomph in first two. Perhaps returns improved.
Crescent Lady...Mott trainee might be primed in third start back.
Madison Parc...Very lukewarm ML favorite validates the competitive nature of the race. Should be in the mix - but not a standout.
Sainte Mere Eglise.
Dirt: 1-14-4-7-8.

La Hara...Undefeated in two starts - but unseen since October. Likely to be ready for return.
Wild Medagliad'oroShould try to taker them all the way.
Gauguin... Unquestionably a contender - and good enough to win -- but seldom does.
Smile Bryan.
Dirt: 7-2-3-4.

Sharp Starr...Seemed to appreciate the stretchout last time.
Eloquent Speaker...Interesting off the maiden-breaker.
Singular Sensation...Beyer was a little light for the comebacker - but might benefit from that one.
Courageous Girl.

Adriatic Holiday...From the connections of Tiz the Law. Perhaps a slight Beyers edge - that might be even more potent with this move in for a tag.
Crick...Might prove interesting at a price.
Happy Hill Lil...Lightly-raced and improving.
Choose Happiness.

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