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Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Saturday, July 25, 2020
Meet Total ... 27-71

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2020 Best Bets Picks/Plays archive.


3-10. R1 ... ABC 3.70 x 6.50 t 54.40; R3 ... ADx 4.90 22.00; R4 ... BDC x 39.00 t 378.50; R5 ... ADC 9.00 x 80.50 t 305.50; R7 ... DAx x 28.00; R9 ... DCx x 37.60

Weather: Mostly sunny. Warm and humid.


Jc's Shooting Star...Moving in for a tag in third start back.
Lovely La La...Needs to rebound off the poor performance last time.
First Appeal...Off the claim for Rudy.
A Little Faith.
Dirt: 5-2-3.

Munnings Muse...Off over a year - after a decent debut. Sib Matinee Express was 8,1 to start.
Midnight Surprise...Maybe a light bit of win-early breeding for the Pletcher trainee.
Vivazano...Expect an effort closer to the debut.
Barbara's Bank.

THIRD RACE - G2 $200K Ballston Spa
Sistercharlie...$3mil earner from Chad/Brant is 2-for-2 at this track.
Starship Jubilee...Another millionaire. Invades from Woodbine. Hits the exacta more often than not.
Call Me Love...Trainer/jock red-hot at the meet.
Bramble Queen.
Dirt: 4-6-3.

Wedontbelieveher...Claimed out of lifetime best Beyer win last time - in a come-from-behind effort, but typically is closer early.
Gone Glimmering...Third start of the season off of improved effort at Churchill last time.
Lady C...Barn mate to Gone Glimmering interesting on the move in for a tag.
Spanish Point.

Sir Alfred James...Good-looking debut win - but has to prove it on grass today.
Standup...Perhaps primed.
Big Wonder...In good form.
Three Outlaws.

Dirt: 9-6-7-4-8.

Clench/Bronzed...Both halves seem capable on best efforts.
Mojovation...Drops off the claim - which raises some questions -- but working well.
Coltandmississippi...Another that contends on a best effort.

Lonesome Fugitive...Maiden-breaker was good and a repeat would likely be good enough here.
Proven Strategies...Back to proper N1X level. Dangerous.
Don Juan Kitten...Just missed in a similar event last time.
Perjury Trap.
Maroon Maniac.
Dirt: 1-6-5-2.

You're to Blame/Money Moves...You're to Blame moves in for a tag. Money Moves preferred - lightly-raced and perhaps still some upside.
Leitone...Confident move up off the win/claim.
Dynamax Prime...Off since Feb but should compete if ready.
Locally Owned.

Barleewon...Nice break-through maiden-breaker last time.
Simply...Good try at this level last time.
Jo's Bold Cat...AE. Fits if in.
Mo Ready.
Dirt: 14-16-15-7.

TENTH RACE - G1 $250K Vanderbilt Hcp
Volatile...Impressed in first two starts of the season.
Whitmore...Won the 2018 G1 Forego on this track.
Mind Control...Also has shown an affinity on this surface.
Firenze Fire.

Timeless Journey...Debut effort to build on.
Brovia...Nice improvement when dropped to this level and moved to grass.
Eighty Seven North...Should fit with these.
Dirt: 5-6-9-10.

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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