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Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Meet Total ...92-290

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2020 Best Bets Picks/Plays archive.

Yesterday [Sunday]

4-9. R3 ... Bc-A-Cd only four x 11.20 t no tri; R4 ... ADCB 2.70 x 14.20 t 62.50; R6 ... ABD 4.00 x 9.80 t 28.20; R7 ... BDA x 38.80 t 130.00; R8 ... ADCB 4.80 x 13.20 t 30.00 s 43.80; R9 ... ADBE 6.80 x 38.60 t 92.00 s 480.40

Weather: Sunny, warm, somewhat humid.

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


A Silent Prayer/French Light...Both halves are lightly-raced but have shown potential for Sheppard. But, like the others in here, the distance is the big question.
Brianbakescookies...The two Fisher runners both look like contenders. Tilt slightly here - but the latest subtracts from the confidence.
Prayer Hope...Finished just in front of Brian last time. Again - these two seem pretty evenly matched.
Critical Data.

Impazible Donna...In a race with a few with some positives - and some question marks, we'll land here. Off since a near-miss here last year in debut. The Beyer is light -- but has win-early full sibs so we'll hope there has been some improvement in the interim.
Munnings Muse...Like top pick, off since lone start last year - but this one fired a significantly better Beyer.
Snicket...Running well and more recency than top two - but perhaps better on grass?
Bankers Daughter.

Whatdoesasharksay...Can't ignore how potent speed has been on the grass.
Cap de Creus...Seems better than latest.
Quiet Dignity...Tried stakes company last time.
Coilean Bawn.

Tiz Splendid News...Sire good with firsters. Sib Made Me Shiver won debut.
Bold Article...Sire very good with win-early runners. This one might appreciate the cutback and switch to dirt for second start.
Dash to the Top...Yet another good win-early sire.
Who Know What.

Checksandbalances...Potent win-early team's runner hasn't gotten it done in two tries - but just missed in a similar event last night.
Kitten's Romance...Just in front of top pick last time.
Dipping In...Seems capable vs these - but has to tackle a new trip.
Canarsie Girl.

Assume...Claimed off win when dropped into a claimer - probably fits well with this $25K N2L bunch.
Grudge...Might be the one to beat if able to handle dirt. Lone main track try doesn't really give a hint.
Charlotte Webley...Speed pop?
Left Leaning Lucy.

SEVENTH RACE - $85K Mahony
Maven...WW trainee impressed in seasonal debut.
Turned Aside...Nice G3 stakes win earlier in the meet.
Jack and Noah...Have to believe he's better than the latest effort.
Competitive Saint.

Catch a Bid...Flip a coin between the Chad Brown runners. We'll land here on the recency.
Blowout...The one to beat if ready to roll off the long layoff.
Sweet Bye and Bye...Good try last time and good work in prep for this.
Clara Peeters.

American Goddess...Might be a good match with this bunch.
Let THem Eat Cake...Ran well in a start here on 7/29.
Admaa...From dangerous trainer/owner combo.
Dial Me Up.

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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