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Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Friday, August 14, 2020
Meet Total ... 68-205

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2-10. Had to scramble to keep from whiffing on a card where that seemed like a real possibilty. But, managed to pull in the last two winners of the day...

R1 ... BAx x 25.60; R4 ... CABD x 27.60 t 87.00 s 268.00; R5 ... BDAC x 99.00 t 432.50 s 3081.00; R8 ... Cd-A-x "B" scr x 11.00; R9 ... ACx 6.20 x 29.80; R10 .. A-Df-x "C" "D" scr 11.00 x 67.00

Broken record weather recap: Sunny, hot and humid.


Flashing Red...On the class drop.
Ain't None Lucky...Also making a notable move class-wise.
Spanish Peaks...Turf-to-dirt and also moving down.

Notorious RBG...Back to the proper level.
Tiple...Certainly have to consider off the latest.
Stop war...Improving Beyers.
Henni Penny.
Dirt: 1-7-4-2.

Mosienko...Solid win at $16K last time on the drop. Claimed but likely staying in the comfort zone re: price tag.
Hetty G...Capable on best.
Persian Queen...On the class move.
Makin Out.

FOURTH RACE - $100K Perfect Sting
Altea...Should fit well with this group.
Secret Message...Like top pick, moving out of graded company.
Feel Glorious...Another that fits.
Dirt: 3-2-6.

Ahead of Plan...Moving from MSW company for potent Klaravich/Brown team.
New Frontier...Speed and that might be potent on the class move.
Its a Wrap...Another coming from MSW events.
Golden Oak.
Dirt: Same.

Malibu Pro...Seems maybe a little more consistent than most of these -- tepid nod in a tough race.
Eye Luv Lulu/Clench...Eye Luv Lulu preferred - back class vs this bunch -- but one of those question marks in first start for new barn.
Life in Shambles...Hard-knocking 9YO is certainly capable of contending.

Fig Jelly...Has shown to have continued to run decently since moving out of Servis barn.
Variant Perception...Two nice, improving efforts off the layoff.
No Bang No Boom/Onthewaytonevrland...both seem capable in this bunch.
Wonder In.
Dirt: 2-1-7-4.

Tale of the Union...Baffert runner toasted NY-breds in latest. A repeat is certainly good enough.
Thorny Tale...Completes the tale-xacta? Logical to contend based on last two.
Leaky Cup...Speed - and third start back.

Current...Might be primed at this level of competition.
Argonne...Meanwhile, this one moved to this level last time and disappointed -- seems better than that though.
Voting Control/Value Engineering...From potent "can't ignore" team.
Conviction Trade.
Me Alec.
Dirt: 12-13-9-10.

Lucky Latkes...Seems likely off of first couple starts.
Running On Entry...Beyers fit and perhaps finishing position improves with the class dip.
Brovia...AE. Fits if in.
Unicorn Sally.
Dirt: 16-10-12.

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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