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Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Sunday, August 2, 2020
Meet Total ... 44-134

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Results recap pending.

3-12. R1 ... BDx x 74.50; R3 ... ADx 5.80 x 32.40; R4 ... BAx x 15.80; R5 ... BACD x 42.20 t 61.00 s 123.00; R6 ... ACx 5.40 x 38.20; R11 .. ADCB "B" won DQd to 4th 6.40 x 92.50 t 336.00 s 896.00

Weather: Sunny, warm, and still humid.

Blend...A little bit of win-early breeding. Sib Sign won first two. including the 2012 G2 Pocahantas.
Mrs Frankel..Expensive 2YO purchase might improvement with the start under the belt.
Delaware Destiny...Hard to ignore the red-hot trainer.
Dirt: 5-1-6.

Walkoff...Moves up off the claim but should fit with these.
Mills...Slight move down the claiming ladder off an OK third here last time.
Curlin Grey...Clunked last time but possible rebound on the class drop.
Shadow Rider.

Mr Alec...Jockey/trainer team on a roll - and won stake for this owner on Friday.
Tide of the Sea...In good form.
Bluegrass Parkway...Off the layoff. Fits if ready.
Shore Magic.
Dirt: 3-2-5.

Bank Gala...Just missed last two times in for a tag.
Determined One...Lone dirt try was promising - well, relatively speaking.
Kilmarknock...Not sure how this one will 'class up' with this bunch - but might prove to be the one to beat.
Long Island City

Unleveraged...Seems like a deserving short-priced fave.
War Film...Last couple have been disappointing - but has to be considered with the back-class.
Megacity...Primed in third start back.
Ian Glass.
Dirt: 1-6-3-4.

Lady Lilly...7/22 workout is notable. Sib Hollis was 2,1,1 to start career. Sib Spirogyra 2,1.
Right to Freedom...Has winning sibs - but not necesssarily win-early. But sire is definitely win-early. Trainer good second-time out. And there are some workout worth noting.
My Alluring Lady...Good works. Has a sib that was a 2YO winner in Korea.
Mo Dean.

Kitten's Cat...Probably back to a better level second start off the claim.
Shiraz...Nice win in seasonal debut. Claimed. Drops slightly price-wise but might be more of a lateral move given the condition last time.
Square Shooter...Hmm. Takes a drop off the layoff - and high-percentage trainer is cool at the meet.
Discretionary Marq.
Dirt: 7-3-8-4.

Fort Worth...Likely - if ready.
Riken...In good form.
Midnight Whiskey...Improving.
Harris Bay.
Gandy Dancing.

NINTH RACE - $100K Birdstone
Moretti...Has shown some appreciation for longer trips.
Rocketry...Also has done well at the marathon distances.
Expert...Behind top ppick at eleven furlongs last time.
You're to Blame.

Double Advantage...Trainer going well. This one might benefit from the debut and the class move today.
Buona Fina...Nice improvement when dropped for a tag.
Striking Speed...Back to dirt - with additional class relief.

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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