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Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Thursday, September 3, 2020
Meet Total ...107-349

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Turf picks are turf only - unless otherwise indicated.

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2-10. R1 ... steeplechase canceled; R3 ... A-Cd-B "C" scr only four ran 2.60 x 6.40 no tri; R5 ... BAC "D" scr x 14.40 t 35.00; R6 ... BAx off turf - dirt picks x 26.40; R7 ... Axx "C" scr 3.30 [only made three picks - only four ran] off turf - dirt picks; R8 ... BCA x 44.00 t 71.50; R9 ... Cd-Ab-x "A" scr off turf - dirt picks

Weather: Heavy rain early morning moved all the turf races to the main track - and canceled the scheduled jump race. Rain let up, with a sprinkle here and there. Remainder of the day was cloudy, damp, a little cool - but also a touch humid.

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


Compliant...Hasn't gotten it done yet for potent win-early connections. Might move forward on the class drop.
Holy Emperor..Seems in good form.
Glynn County/Lokoya Road...Glynn County preferred in second off the claim start and move back in for a tag.
This Ill Defend.
Dirt: 9-7-5-4.

Long Term Thinking...Broke maiden in debut for potent win-early team - but was DQd. Subsequently has just-missed twice. Comes back for an suspiciously reduced claiming price. Logical if form has held - but tread lightly.
Dreamonmebaby...Faced better, and on turf, in first start after claim. Might appreciate this situation more.
Advance Notice...Seems like a spot where a 'fresh face' might be worth considering.
Cause I Said So.
My First Grammy.

THIRD RACE - $100K PG Johnson
Plum Ali...Top two seem evenly matched - but we'll tilt slightly in this direction. Both looked in good debuts here earlier in the meet.
Invincible Gal...Stretches out so there's something of a question mark.
Mischievous Dream...Might be interesting on the stretchout after two sprints.
Simply Ravishing.
Dirt: 6-5-4.

I'll Take the Cake...Can he rebound to a winning Beyer with the class relief.
Cover Photo...Might be primed off the comebacker at F'Lakes.
Blunt Force...Should fit with these.
Fair Lassie.

Classic Colors...Top two picks both OK on turf last time. Edge here on the experience at the trip.
Herald Angel...Solid contender.
Mendham...Likely to be OK in debut.
Dirt: 9-12-1-4.

Spin a Yarn...Undefeated at F'Lakes and might be this good.
Officer Hutchy...Dangerous if able to repeat latest Beyer.
The Important One...Back to dirt. Should fit.
Nicky Scissors.

Kitten by the Sea...Back in for a tag.
Music of Life...Very capable on best effort.
Tiltingatwindmills...Ran well in latest.
Sun Summers.
Dirt: 1A-12-6-13.

Palace Avenger...Solid in first two this season and working well.
Fair Regis...Knocking at the door.
Jc's Shooting Star...Appreciated return to dirt last time.

Tass...Might try to steal this.
Niko's Dream...Seems in good form via recent Beyers.
Pallas Athene...Also has good recent Beyers.
Dirt: 5-4-2.

Counterparty Risk...Win-early team debut runner.
Ms Boombastic...Might benefit from first start.
Apurate...Returns to turf.
Yes to Mischief.
Red Light Racer.
Dirt: 4-8-5-2.

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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