Equidaily Racing Journal

Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Friday, August 21, 2020
Meet Total ...84-262

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Turf picks are turf only - unless otherwise indicated.

2020 Best Bets Picks/Plays archive.


4-9. R2 ... ABx 3.60 12.60; R3 ... Cd-B-x-DNF only four ran; R4 ... BACD x 15.00 t 39.20; R5 ... ABC 4.90 x 14.20 t 52.50; R6 ... DAC x 31.40 t 95.00; R7 ... AC[BD] DH 3.90 x 15.20 t 13.80 t 25.60 s 23.40 s 39.60; R8 ... ACD 4.70 x 20.80 t 51.00

Weather: Mostly sunny and comfortable.

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


Advanced Strategy...Sire is win-early and this one seems perhaps primed.
Silver Token...Off the latest.
The Golden Door...Belated debut. Worked 10.1 before auction last year. Lone racing sib Anydayisherday took ten to win but was second in debut as longest price in four-horse field.
Our Destiny.

Ashiham...Typically in the hunt. Might breakthrough with this bunch.
The Angry Man...Seems improved last two - but they were on turf. Maybe.
Lucky Asset...Fits with this group - but the two-turn try last time was less than inspiring.

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Golden Pal...Solid second in G2 at Royal Ascot.
Fauci...Barn mate to top pick is capable.
Sky's Not Falling...Talented but maybe a cut below top two.
Baytown Bear.

Sonic Speed...Sire good with firsters. Tilt towards this one in a race where none are standing out.
Seven Seven...Worked 10.1 before March auction. Might benefit from debut experience.
Cape Cod Gem...Another good debut sire.
What's My Category.

Standup...Improving Beyers.
My Man Flintstone...Good try vs similar last time.
Propensity...Maiden-breaker signals good form - and some back numbers are even better.
More Like It.

Princesa Caroline...Showed promise last year.
Duopoly...No-time, no-Beyer maiden-breaker might cause some to overlook.
Eye of a Soldier...Good try in seasonal debut and good work for this.
Passion Factor.

Jump for Joy...Seems in good form.
I'll Take the Cake...Perhaps rebounds to prior good form with the class move.
Flat Awesome Jenny...Over-matched in latest.
Cathy Naz.

Freewheeler...3YO debut after some 2YO promise.
Crack Shot...Primed in third start back?
Beachside...Off since Jan but trainer won three on Sunday.
Veterans Beach.

Gaelic Gold...Will be heard from late.
Kept Waiting...In front of top pick last time.
Micromillion...Always in the mix.
Kaz's Princess.

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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