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Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Meet Total ... 77-245 [recount on total numbersd of races going back to mis-count on 8/8]

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2020 Best Bets Picks/Plays archive.

Yesterday [Sunday]

3-10. R1 ... ADB 4.60 x 27.40 s 237.40; R2 ... D-Bentry-Bentry-C-A x 17.00 t 81.00 s 174.00; R5 ... CDBA x 45.80 t 103.00 s 225.40; R6 ... Ab-De-Cd "A" scr 7.70 x 18.60 t 36.80; R8 ... CDx x 111.75; R9 ... DCx 67.50; R10 .. ADC 10.80 x 90.00 t 585.00

Weather: Partly sunny and comfortable.

["A" is our top pick, "B" the second selection, and so on...]


Snap Decision...Tempted to moves towards Galway Kid with the weight disparity and added distance- but, this guy is just going too well.
Galway Kid...Took a pop at the top pick last time and came up short - but maybe the weight and distance will make a difference.
Go Get the Basil...Looked good in seasonal debut.
Fast Car.

Ruby Stilletto...Sire good with firsters. Sib Suzysellsseashells was 4,1 to start career. Sib Encryption Key 6,8,1,1.
Gray Lollipops...In from Penn Nat to take on state-bred in debut. Sib Engineers Report 9,1 to start. Sib Impazible Donna was second in lone start.
Stimulus Check...Sib Cat Lady Steph won debut for same owner.
Jill's a Hot Mess.
Sassy Belle.

Stunning Princess...Sire is win-early. Sib Summer to Remember was 2,1,3,1 to start career. Good try in debut.
Ingrassia/Reina Del Sol...Both have breeding and trainers that can win early.
Mo Normal...Beaten fave in debut - behind top pick.

Curlin Grey...Good second in a similar event last time.
Hoffenheim...Beaten fave last time with a depressed Beyer - perhaps the drop will bring a rebound to prior efforts.
Street Trust...OK try vs similar two back.
Scarf It Down.

Financial System...Good win earlier in the meet - at a slightly higher price tag. Modest nod in a competitive event.
McErin...Might improve to former Beyers with return to grass.
Zero Gravity...Should fit with this bunch.
Go Poke the Bear.

Kitten by the Sea...Nice try vs similar in the first-off-claim try. Logical here off of that effort.
Balon Rose...Clearly hasn't lived up to the purchase price but was close behind top pick last time.
Bareeqa...On best effort.
Joyous Times.

Golani Brigade...Off since solid maiden-breaker here last summer. Works seem to indicate he can come back running.
Quickflash...Third start back - perhaps primed to go well.
Big Thicket...Seems in good form.
Coach Villa.

EIGHTH RACE - $85K Bolton Landing
Tobys Heart...Impressive debut.
Joy's Rocket...2-for-2 including a nice stakes win on the synthetic at Woodbine.
Mischievous Dream...Deserves the shot off of debut win.
Amanzi Yimpilo.

Women Not Easy...Seems a good fit here off the two latest.
Sandra's Mine...Interesting on the stretchout off the two sprints to start the season.
Eighty Seven North...Trainer won three on Sunday. On a roll.
Plink Freud.AE.

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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