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Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Sunday, August 23, 2020
Meet Total ...88-281

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Turf picks are turf only - unless otherwise indicated.

2020 Best Bets Picks/Plays archive.


1-10. R1 ... Ce-Bd-x off turf - sirt picks "A" "B" scr x 17.40; R2 ... BDAC x 44.40 t 113.50 s 281.00; R4 ... AxB "C" scr 3.90; R6 ... BCA x 34.00 t 73.50; R7 ... Cd-A-Bc x 6.70 t no tri; R8 ... D-A-B-Ef "E" scr x 44.00 t 70.00 s 137.00; R10 .. Bc-Ab-De "A" scr x 23.00 t 140.00

Weather: Bizarre, ominous dark-sky storm hit the area early morning. Heavy rain for just a few minutes - but enough to knock R1, 3, 5 and 7 off the turf. By post time however it was sunny and mostly comfortable -- a little bit humid.

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


Simply the Best...Win-early sire. Sib Gun Loaded won debut. Sib Rocco Solid 5-2-2-0 in career.
Black Sand...Team's firsters typically well-meant. Sib Maqsad 2,3,1,1 to start career.
Brynbella...Might be a runner.
Uptown Flirt.
Dirt: Same.

Mission Wrapitup...Always like this class move - NY-bred alw to open clmr.
Scoring...Might stack up nicely with this group on the move from out of town.
Wicksters Dream...Solid win here in 2020 debut. Claimed. Looks like a good fit here.
Mr Shortandsimple.

Jade Empress... Worked 21.0 before auction. Good 8/13 work in prep for this.
American West...Expensive purchase goes out for potent team.
Fifth Risk...Sib Soul Song won debut. 8/9 work was best of 108.
Suspended Campaign.

No Salt...Tepid vote on the latest Beyer - which perhaps has an edge on this weak field.
Supply Sider...Behind top pick last time - but it was an improved effort and maybe there's still some upside.
Bielefeld...Perhaps interesting stretching out on the return to grass.
False Alarm.
Dirt: 8-3-5-2.

Quiet Out East...Beyers seem better on grass - but there are some back dirt numbers that would be good enough.
Cold Hard Cash...Nice inw in seasonal debut here but moves into tougher company and stretches out.
Unrelenting Force...Might try to steal it.
Six Percent.

Towering Gaze...Seems best with Beyers and move from MSW company.
High School Crush...Good try in similar event last time.
Mia Bea Star...Dropped in for a tag last time - but this will be first claiming try on turf.
Silent Empress.
Dirt: 4-2-6-3.

Free Enterprise...Just a feeling that a rebound to earlier good form might be in the cards - but admittedly, that's not solid handicapping.
Pete's Play Call...If able to hold form off the claim.
Big Engine...In the mix more often than not.
Mount Travers.

EIGHTH RACE - G1 $500K Diana
Rushing Fall...Talented mare's form has held in two 2020 starts.
Starship Jubilee...2019 Canadian HOTY was solid winning G2 Ballston Spa here on 7/25.
Sistercharlie...2018 Turf Female Eclipse winner. Third behind top pick in first start of this year - eligible to benefit from that race.
Mean Mary.

Allied Invasion...Should benefit from debut effort. Perhaps get a barometer on this one by watching No Salt in R4.
Aintitfunkynow...Better than troubled trip result last time indicates.
Ringgood...Class move on the comeback for barn that's going well recently.
Nero's Fiddle.
Dirt: Same.

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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