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Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Thursday, August 6, 2020
Meet Total ... 51-153

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Turf picks are turf only - unless otherwise indicated.

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2-9. Light with winners-on-top but there was some gold to be mined by playing around with the selections...

R1 ... jumps race canceled; R2 ... AxB 6.50; R3 ... CBAD [off turf - dirt picks] x 24.00 t 47.40 s 93.00; R4 ... BACD x 8.80 t 11.00 s 17.00; R6 ... Ab-x-Bc "A" scr 4.20; R7 ... DCAB x 117.00 t 369.00 s 513.00; R8 ... CAx x 56.50; R9 ... BAx [off turf - dirt picks] x 18.00; R10 .. Cd-Ab-Bc "A" scr [off turf - dirt picks] x 12.60 t no tri offered only four ran

Weather: Sunny and warm - and still a little humid. Remarkable note on the weather: Hurricance remnants hit the area Tuesday night and dumped quite a bit of rain -- but the new drainage system on the main track was validated with "fast" being the track condition label for Wednesday's opener.


Macho Jack...One of those class moves that can make you go either way. Perhaps an edge on these - but also perhaps a question mark on the drop.
Boss Life...Showed some life last time.
Cause I Said So...Seems better than the last effort.
Warfront Fighter.

Keota...Has the edge on back Beyers.
Jades Gelly...Just behind top pick last time.
Grudge...Caught late at this trip here last time - albeit vs claimers.
Dirt: 3-7-5.

My Sacred Place...Turf-to-dirt. Cut back. Blinkers on.
Star of the West...Moving to the $16K level gets this one perhaps closer to the maiden-breaker performance.
No More Miracles...If ready off the layoff.
I Saw It All.

Catch a Cab...Won a similar event two back.
Dr Shane...Meanwhile this one is moving to this level and might appreciate the competition.
Nutzforboltz...AE. Also dropping to this price tag.
Good Old Boy.AE.
Mission Command.
Dirt: 13-6-4-7.

Shesadirtdancer...Has a couple sibs that took three and four starts to win.
Guardian Moon...Trainer does well with firsters and has a good work coming in.
Going Going Gone...Maybe enough experience to be closer today.
Herald Angel.
Dirt: Ruby Stiletto plus same as above.

Gesture...Another half-step down the claiming ladder.
Wicked Title...Also getting what looks like potent class-relief.
La Negrita...Off the lastest.

Mighty Scarlett...Lightly-raced over the past two seasons - with no wins, but looks like a good fit with these.
Hungry Kitten...Ran lifetime best last time.
Dyna Passer...Another that looks competitive with this group.
Dirt: 3-2-8.

EIGHTH RACE - $100K New York Stallion Series/Cab Calloway
Jolting Joe...Ky-bred faces NY-breds for first time under Stallion Series rules. Second behind the likes of King Guillermo and Art Collector earlier.
Dream Bigger...Tries turf - but a talented NY-bred stakes winner.
Fresco...Won a similar event earlier in the meet.
Turbo Drive.
Dirt: 5-6-3.

Elusive Ruler...Looks likely to contend on the move in for a tag.
Catorat...Decent try vs similar in seasonal debut.
Tikhvin Flew...Hmm lone turf try was a dud but fits if that was a fluke.
Dirt: 9-5-11-1.

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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