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Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Friday, August 7, 2020
Meet Total ... 55-162

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4-9. Some short prices on the win end of things - but a couple spots offered nice value playing with the picks - like R4:

R1 ... ACx 4.20 x 13.20; R2 ... ADx 3.70 x 32.80; R3 ... Ab-x-Cd "A" scr 2.40; R4 ... Cd-Bc-A-De x 124.00 t 272.50 s 1375.00; R5 ... BDx x 32.60; R7 ... BDC x 40.20 t 117.00; R8 ... ADx 4.00 x 18.60

Weather: Perhaps one of the best days yet, sunny and comfortably warm.


Diannesimpazibe...Third start back might get this one an improved effort on grass.
Klickitat...Seems the one to beat - but not sure the one-hole helps and might get some early contention from Spiritual King.
Selfmade...Nice improvement in the seasonal debut and move to turf.
Spiritual King.
Dirt: 4-6-8-5.

Super Computer...Full sib Dial One won debut.
Lookin for Trouble...Sire very good with win-early types. Might benefit from debut.
Cotton...Also has some experience to build on.
Seven Seven.

Bean Counter...Trainer going well at the meet and this one comes in off a nice win at Belmont.
Music of Life...Perhaps the one to beat off of most recent Beyers.
Sun Summers...Claimed and moves to barn off trainer going well with turfers here.
Seeking Revenge.
Dirt: 10-5-1-8-4.

Mischief Reigns...Sib Red Right Hand ran a close second in debut at 28-1. Sib Backdoor Cover won debut. Sire good with firsters.
Halo City...MSW to mdn clm off two decent Beyer turf runs.
Baseline Drive...Beaten as short-priced fave in debut. Expect better off of that effort.
Hot Button.
Dirt: same.

Fair Regis...In good form and primed in third start back.
Honor Way... Also perhaps primed.
Skamania...In the mix more often than not.
Bridlewood Cat.

Credit Enhancement...Owner/trainer team always dangerous with Saratoga firsters.
Tappingintosuccess...Sib Souper Jackpot 11, 1 in first two [trouble in debut].
Royal Approval...Gets class-relief from the G2 try at Royal Ascot.
Mad Maddy.
Dirt: 6-11-10-3.

Stay Fond...We'll take a shot with a last out winner that probably needs to step it up a bit here -- but worth the shot at the 10-1 ML price moving to Linda Rice off the claim.
Daria's Angel...Perhaps the one to beat if ready off the layoff.
Archumybaby...Young trainer going well at the meet.
Lady by Choice.

Giacosa...Got experience at this level last time.
Silky blue...Broke through in the seasonal debut and move to turf. Lightly-raced - perhaps still some upside.
Amos...Seems in good form - relative to this bunch.
Jen's Battle.
Dirt: 6-8-9-2.

NINTH RACE - G2 $150K Saratoga Special
Cazadero...Already has stakes-winning experience.
Therideofalifetime...Keeneland maiden-breaker was impressive.
Jackie's Warrior...Another maiden-breaker that caught the eye.

Tilsa...Perhaps moves forward with the class drop.
Dipping In...Moves back into a claimer - and at the lowest level yet.
Microcap...Goes out for potent win-early team -- but not necessarily at the $40K mdn claiming level.
Dirt: 9-11-1-10.

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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