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Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Friday, July 31, 2020
Meet Total ... 37-112

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2020 Best Bets Picks/Plays archive.


3-10. R1 ... BCD x 22.60 t 51.50; R2 ... AxD 5.50; R3 ... ABC 6.60 x 18.80 t 66.00; R4 ... A-Cd-x "C" scr 3.40 x 15.80; R5 ... ACx 5.40 x 15.00; R7 ... DBx x 63.00; R8 ... CEx x 58.50

Weather: Mostly sunny, hot and humid.


Dash to the Top...Trainer not so much with firsters - but the sire is very good so we'll take a pop.
Stylish Rags...Nature and nurture with win-early breeding and trainer.
Pazzion...Trainer going well.
Our Bella Nicole.

Getoffmyback...Solid couple of wins coming into this.
Brush Country...Claimed and not seen since that December race - but fits if ready.
Business Cycle...Moving back to comfort zone?
Missle Bomb.

Prairie Wings...Three times second in three starts - all on dirt. Sib Storm the Stars was a stakes winner in Europe at this trip.
Sursum Corda...On the improve.
Sengekontacket...Lifetime best Beyer last time - but that was vs claimers.
Empire Lady.
Dirt: 3-2-8-7.

Unholy Alliance...Better than latest - we hope.
Liza Star...Might be top pick but jock is off to a slow start on the win-end here.
Pacific Gale...Fits on best.
What a Fox.

Silent Empress...In a field of tepid maidens this one won't have to be much. Trainer OK with debut runners.
Imincomunicado...Going back to the first career start here last year - on grass. Repeat of that is good enough to contend.
Funny Pursuit...The sire is sneaky with win-early types and showed a little punch last time before fading. Interesting at a price.
Dream Chasing.AE.
High School Crush.
Sandra's Mine.
Dirt: 4-5-16-15.

Zealous...Hoping the class move provides a move forward.
Empire Line...Just missed in comeback effort - and off that perhaps the one to beat.
Cobble Hill...Claimed out of a win - and moves up today, but trainer good off the claim.
Jerome Avenue.

Dynadrive...Gets the nod in a wide-open event. Won off-turfer last time but ran well on grass two back.
Bad Beat Brian...Will try to steal it.
Gravitas...Also has early speed - and gets some class relief.
Blanket of Roses.
Me and Mr C.
Dirt: 10-11-5-12-2.

Jewel of Arabia...Looks best in here.
Flashpackinbarbie...Contends with a top effort.
Happy Sophia...Top two have speed - but don't seem 'need the lead' -- so...perhaps this one gets a chance to steal it.
Bustin Scones.

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Artie's Princess...Has looked very good at Woodbine on the synthetic.
She's My Type...Always in the mix.
Bredenbury...Off the latest.
Dirt: 7-8-5-1.

Hurricane Breeze...Seems primed for a good effort.
Come Storming...Maiden-breaker was good. Class move a question mark - but maybe just getting good now.
Lido Key...Looks to fit well with these.
Corey Scores.AE.
Ocean Fire.
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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