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Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Sunday, August 30, 2020
Meet Total ...104-329

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Turf picks are turf only - unless otherwise indicated.

2020 Best Bets Picks/Plays archive.


3-11. R2 ... AEDC 3.70 x 23.60 t 59.00 s 97.40; R4 ... BCx x 7.30; R5 ... ACx "D" scr 4.40 x 13.20; R7 ... ACD 4.80 x 13.20 t 55.00; R9 ... DACB x 77.50 t 275.50 s 786.00

Weather: Wow. Alternated throughout the afternoon between torrential downpours and sun. Temps were comfortable [slightly humid].

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


Sam and Sy... Worked 10.1 before auction. Sire doing well with firsters. Sib Jeeraan 6,1 to start career in Europe.
Dee Bo...Sib First Deputy had record of 6-1-3-1 to start career.
Thin White Duke...AE. Dangerous if in.
Vodka Lemonade.AE.
Boss Bear.
Dirt: Same plus 15-16.

Blood Moon...On the class move.
Friend Rice King...Ran well for a tag two back.
Buona Fina...Probably fits with these.
Super Wicked Charm.

Elusive Site...Sire good with debut runners. Sib Letmetakethiscall 1,1 to start career. Sib Big Zip 1,4,1.
No Mo Spending...Nice imtprovement in start #2.
U Guys Are No Fun...Sib Stormy Rhonda 2,1 to start.
Rosey's Peach.

Hieroglyphics...Off the solid win last time.
Soglio...Contends if ready off the layoff.
Golden Decision...Should appreciate the class relief.
Dirt: 1-7-5-3-8.

Red Ghost...WW debuting turf sprinter - 'nuff said. But, we'll add: sib WV Jetsetter was 3,1,1 to start. Sib More Thasn Most took five starts to break maiden but was 17-8-1-4 overall.
So Enchanting...From potent team.
Blue Kentucky Girl...Also from a trainer who can have them ready and going well at the meet.
Conundrum Queen.
Magical Soul.
Dirt: 15 plus same as above.

Summer Bourbon...Seems in good form and might fit nicely at this level.
O Shea Can U See...Also finding a touch of class relief.
Local Hero...Fired a big number when last seen.
Square Shooter.

Blue Atlas...Third start back - and first two were good.
Pecatonica... Also going well in recent starts.
Short Pour...Seems better than latest.
Barrel of DEstiny.
Dirt: 6-10-11-3.

Gandy Dancing...Good try vs similar last time.
Inside Info.,.Also ran decently in a similar event last out.
Harris Bay...Behind top pick last time.
Three Jokers.
Midnight Whiskey.

NINTH RACE - G3 $125K Shuvee
Royal Flag...Lightly-raced 4YO had win-streak snapped in G3 Molly Pitcher. Might benefit from that stakes experience.
Nonna Madeline...Stakes win here on 8/5.
Golden Award...Behind Nonna Madeline last time - won this race last year.
Our Super Freak.

Shirelle...Goes out in debut for Chad Brown and Bill Parcells. Full sib Analyze It won first three, including two stakes.
Millean... Sib Sure Thing was 6,1 to start career.
Winfromwithin...AE. Interesting on move to turf and stretchout - if in.
Fire At Will.AE.
Modern Science.
Ready At Dawn.
Dirt: 15-16-13-plus same as above.

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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