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Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Thursday, August 27, 2020
Meet Total ...94-299

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Turf picks are turf only - unless otherwise indicated.

2020 Best Bets Picks/Plays archive.

Yesterday [Sunday]

2-9. A couple opporunities playing with the picks - particularly the very generous R7 exacta...

R1 ... Aentry-Aentry-x-D; R2 ... DAC x 42.00 t 112.00; R4 ... Bc-Ab-x "A" scr x 21.40; R6 ... A-Cd-x 3.00 x 29.40 " "scr; R7 ... Bc-Cd-x "B" scr x 111.50; R8 ... CBAD x 36.00 t 111.50 s 231.00

Weather: Sunny all day with a cool start - eventually becoming comfortable by afternoon, albeit cooler than has been the norm.

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


Imperio D...Minimal confidence - but does seem to have a little bit of life recently that might be enough in a weak field.
After Prom Party...Perhaps benefits from 2020 debut effort?
Majestic View...On the class relief.
Posse Can Disco.

Prairie Wings...Might lead them on a merry chase. Spped dangerous going long and maybe more dangerous in a short field.
All Others Follow...Improving Beyers for potent team.
Forty Zip..Lightly-raced and perhaps still some upside.
Witch Moon.
Dirt: same.

Value Proposition...Solid seasonal debut win. Good third in the always salty G3 Poker last time.
Monarchs Glen...Nice try vs similar here on 7/18.
Seismic Wave...Stepping out of stakes company.Empire of War.
Dirt: same.

Judicial Restraint...Coin-flip between top two picks. Slight edge here on ptent team.
Height...Two good tries at this level.
Tiz Envy...Perhaps with the additional does of class relief.

Dowse's Beach...Off the latest effort - a good try at this level.
Duncastle...Close behind top pick last time.
Banana Thief...Behind top two last time -- seems maybe better than that performance however.
Ghost Giant.
Dirt: 1A-2B-1X-8-4.

More Mango...Broke maiden in first-off-claim try. Seems likely if able to repeat that effort.
Glass Ceiling...Dangerous on the drop.
Flashing Red...Broke maiden last time and claimed - but like top pick, fits if able to repeat.
Gone Glimmering.
Dirt: 2-4-2B-8-3.

SEVENTH RACE - $85K Smart N Fancy
A Great Time...Beyers give perhaps a slight edge.
Miss Gossip...Better than latest.
Victory Kingdom...Aussie turf sprinters can be talented.
Dirt: same plus 6.

Texas Swing...Not seen since running third in G2 Tampa Derby. Looks to have the edge here.
Will Sing for Wine...Back to dirt. Seems capable.
Creative Style...Claimed. In good form.
Mischief Afoot.

Robin Sparkles...Hmm. If we believe that last Beyer then this one is a foregone conclusion.
Secure Connection...In good form
Jades Gelly...Fits.
Saratoga Love.
Malibu Mischief.
Dirt: 7-1-8-2.

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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