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Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Wedneday, September 2, 2020
Meet Total ...105-339

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Turf picks are turf only - unless otherwise indicated.

2020 Best Bets Picks/Plays archive.

Yesterday [Sunday]

1-10. Lackluster afternoon. spent most of the day treading water - managing to avoid the oh-fer with a late session win in R8.

R2 ... BAD x 10.20 t 28.40; R8 ... ACBD 4.70 x 12.80 t 119.00 s 900.00; R9 ... EADC x 42.40 t 359.00 s 1396.00

Weather: Saturday and overnight rain knocked three of the turf races to the main track - two other stayed on the grass - otherwise, a nice afternoon. Sunny and pleasant.

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


Iranistan/Taper Tantrum...Sheppard entry. Iranistan has the receny with a win here on 8/13. But the distance is perhaps an obstacle. Taper Tantrum might appreciate the trip - but comes off a looooong layoff.
Bodes Well...Nothing wrong with finishing fairly close behind Snap Decision this season.
New Member...Fisher trainee is making third start off loooong layoff -- good second here in 2018 G1 Turf Writers.

Madam Deputy...Can't ignore the potent win-early sire. Sib Barely Pazible 1,2,1,2 to start career. Tough off educational debut.
Hey It's Tati...Back to dirt. Back in for a tag. Solid contender to top pick.
Buffet...Might fit with this group.
Grape Therapy.

Nashville...Works say might live up to expensive purchase price in debut for trainer having a good season with 2YOs.
Breithorn...Might be sneaky off the claim.
Searing Chase...Beyers fit.
Democratic Values.

Bad Beat Brian...Plenty of early speed and another half-step of class relief.
Megacity...Off the recent Beyers.
Twelfth Labour...Dengerous off the claim for Maker on the turf - with Irad riding.
Castle Casanova.
Dirt: 9-6-11-7.

Brunate...Good try in a similar event last time.
Royal Suspect...Some extra class relief in third start off claim.
Ringgood...Should fit with these.

Voting Agreement...Dropping in for a tag for potent connections.
Mo Me Mo My...Back to turf.
Saratoga Love...AE. Back in for a tag.
Corey Scores.
Dirt: 4-12-14-8.

Tide of the Sea...In good form through first two starts of the season.
Junkanoo...Ran well in comebacker.
Succeedandsurpass...In from SoCal and moves into a new barn. Interesting.Gauguin.
Dirt: 1-6-2.

Control Group...2-for-2 since arriving at the Spa this summer.
Evaluator...Might benefit from the 2020 debut. Turf-to-dirt.
Our Last Buck...In good form when last seen.
Yankee Division.

NINTH RACE - G3 $100K With Anticipation
American Monarch...Solid debut win at the trip here on 8/8.
Blame the Booze...Won nicely in first start - an off-turf event that day.
Winfromwithin...Hasn't lived up ti win-early sire through first two - but switch-up --- turf, two-turns --- might provide impetus to improve.
Fire At Will.

Bricco...Stuck in bridemaid-mode but might have a slight edge here.
Selfmade...Also knocking on the door in the last couple.
Diannesimpazible...Capable on best.
Spiritual King.
Dirt: 16-15-3-9-13.

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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