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Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Thursday, July 30, 2020
Meet Total ... 34-102

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Turf picks are turf only - unless otherwise indicated.

2020 Best Bets Picks/Plays archive.


1-10. R1 ... BDA x 33.80 t 124.50; R5 ... ABC 4.10 x 9.40 t 24.80; R8 ... CBx x 21.60; R9 ... BCA x 42.40 t 85.50

Weather: sunny, warm and humid for most of the day - becoming overcast for the last two races.


Tonal Vision...Tries turf but might be primed for a good effort with the class drop.
Sugar Fix...In from trainer at F'Lakes -- but put together a spectacular season at Tampa earlier this year.
New Day Dawning...Gets a touch of class relief.
Little Red Frog.
Dirt: 6-1-4-2.

Unrelenting Force...Perhaps returning to comfort zone class-wise.
Royal Suspect...Back in for a tag after trying NY-bred MSW types on the move from SoCal.
Not Above Me...Uh...Love the sire with firsters -- but why is a $710K auction purchase debuting for $40K???
Lord Camden.
Majestic View.

Foxtail...Trainer perhaps off to a slow start at the meet - but very good off the claim.
Rosebud's Hope...In the hunt more often than not.
Team Win...Pletcher/Repole runner in off an improved effort last time at Gulfstream.
Vip Nation.
Dirt: 9-4-3-8.

Our Lady of Loreto...Speedy - but must avoid duel with Charlotte Webley.
Rousey..Might benefit from earlier start at the meet.
Charlotte Webley...Like the top pick, has speed - they just have to avoid knocking each other out.
Enough Love.

Rinaldi...Trainer having a good meet. This one has shown flashes of talent and likely to move forward off of 2020 debut.
Ghost Giant...Might also benefit from first start of the season.
Graded On a Curve...Yet another with one start under the belt this yeat that seems to bode well for moving forward.
Catch a Cab.
Dirt: 4-11-6-1.

Checksandbalances...Might improve with more class relief in this second start.
Claddagh's Run...Locally-based partnership's two horses ran well Sunday - with one winning for this trainer. This gal ran well in lone try at this level.
More Mango...Off the claim for a trainer going well on the grass at the meet.
Spring to Summer.
Dirt: 10-8-3-11.

Mister Bobby...Comebacker was encouraging.
My Man Flintstone...Seems almost equally as capable as the top pick.
Big Boy Mo...Improving Beyers.
Fed Funds.

Barrel of Destiny...Again, this trainer is going well on the Spa grass - and why not for this one off of the last trio?
Short Pour...Looked good to start the season.
Myhartblongstodaddy...If ready for the return.
Out of Trouble.
Blue Atlas.
Dirt: 7-10-9-4.

NINTH RACE - $85K Morrissey
Bankit...One of those that I'm a little bit 'marrried' to - so take that into account. But - does seem interesting off of the latest Beyer.
Amundson...Looks set for this return to stakes company.
Pat On the Back...IF able to rebound to a top effort.
Funny Guy.

Threepointnine...Sibs a mixed bag - tho at least two won debuts, albeit in 2008 and 2010. Sire good with firsters. We'll take a pop.
Money in the Bank...AE. All three AEs look capable if they scratch in.
Daring Disguise.AE.
Adios Amigos.AE.
Fluent in Sarcasm.
Boom Boom Kaboom.
Dirt: Same.

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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