Equidaily Racing Journal

Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Saturday, August 15, 2020
Meet Total ... 71-215

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Turf picks are turf only - unless otherwise indicated.

2020 Best Bets Picks/Plays archive.


3-10. R1 ... AxC "D" scr 7.70; R2 ... BAx x 23.00; R3 ... Bc-A-x "B" scr x 18.00; R4 ... CDBA x 66.00 t 225.50 s 464.00; R5 ... AxC 6.50 R6 ... AxB 31.20; R8 ... CAx x 23.80

Weather: Sunny, warm and humid.


Bebe Banker...Class move is the key.
Invest...Also seems to be making a positive class move - returning to comfort zone.
Somebody...Capable of being in the mix.
Strong One.

Rip It...Sib Accessible has shown some punch going 7-0-4-2. Beaten in debut but might benefit from that effort.
Public Sector...Potent win-early team.
Dreaming of Gerry...With sire and trainer won't be surprised if this one is live in debut.

Reed Kan...Hard to fault off of latest two.
Lusitano...Finding some class relief here.
Skyler's Scramjet...Certainly looked good here on 7/25.

Papa Luke...Primed.
Farragut...Just behind top pick last time.
Quick Return...Can't knock the first two.
Saratoga Pal.
Eccoci Qua.

Brazen...Top two picks both have a class edge - but also a question mark because of that class edge on the drops.
Fevola...Like top pick - takes a questionable drop but has an edge on most of these if capable.
Beach Front...Expect effort closer to two back with return to dirt and claiming ranks.
No Lime.
Mandatory Payout.

Officiating...Sib Caledonia Road won debut here in 2017 - MSW 7F. Working well.
Restored Order...Has win-early sibs. Trainer going well. Should move forward with experience under his belt.
Unitedandresolute...Win-early sire and a good debut try to build upon.

Mo Ready...Not totally buying the trip was a huge factor last time for top two selections - but maybe there's just enough there to take another shot.
Simply...Same scenario as top pick.
Jimmy Jazz...Also coming out of the 7/25 event - but avoided the late trouble. Jock switch today.
Jack the Cat.

EIGHTH RACE - $500K Saratoga Deby Imvy
Decorated Invader...Leader of the 3yo turf division gets tested in this salty field.
Colonel Liam...Freaked when moved to turf.
Gufo...Uncoupled barnmate to top pick. Very dangerous.
Field Pass.
Domestic Spending.

NINTH RACE - G1 $500K Alabama
Swiss Skydiver...Perhaps lost claim to leader of 3YO filly division to Gamine - but still a potent force. Distance is the question - for all of these.
Spice Is Nice...Seemed to break through last time.
Crystal Ball...Improving and just missed in G1 CCA Oaks here on 7/18.

Shiraz...Claim-back for Maker. Should find the class move no obstacle.
Maxwell Esquire...Off the latest.
Call Me Harry...Certainly ran well here last year.
Bustin Shout.
New York's Finest.

Bricco...Trainer's going well. This one is getting closer each start.
Michael's Bad Boy...Looks like a close contender to top pick.
High Tone...Fits.
Mommie's Jewel.

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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