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Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Friday, September 4, 2020
Meet Total ...xxxx107-349
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2020 Best Bets Picks/Plays archive.


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FIRST RACE - $150K Seeking the Ante
Rossa Veloce...If able to repeat solid winning debut effort.
Summer Brew...Just edged by top pick last time.
Make Mischief...Been knocking heads with open stakes foes in last couple.

Saratoga Flash...Firster from the Tiz the Law team has some win-early breeding.
Judge N Jury...Showed some oomph in debut.
Masked Marauder...Might be OK in first start.
Re Created.

THIRD RACE - $150K Albany
Chestertown...Hasn't yet lived up to purchase price - but seems like a cozy fit with these.
More Graytful...Perhaps on the improve.
City Man...Better on turf - or getting good over last couple?

Martinez...Third in debut and winner was scratched from a stakes try on Wed. Second-place runnerxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Action Jackson...Sire is good with win-early types. Sib General Jack was 2,1 to start career.
Chrome Dizie...Maybe.
Dirt: same.

FIFTH RACE - $150K Yaddo
Fifty Five...Millionaire has won over half of lifetime starts.
Classic Lady...Just-missed behind top pick two back.
War Canoe...And just behind top two in the 7/2 stake.
Dirt: same.

Advanced Strategy...Might have the edge on these.
Papa Luke...Comparable to top pick - giving him on edge on the rest.
Raven Rocks...Sire good with debut runners.
Saratoga Pal.

SEVENTH RACE - $150K Funny Cide
Lookin for Trouble...Seemed to improve with the debut effort under the belt.
Effinity...Also broke though in second start. Working well.
Thin White Duke...Improving Beyers - although last two were on turf.
Eagle Orb.

Astoria Kitten...Speed pop 'em?
Summer At the Spa...Fits.
Crescent Lady...Broke through in latest.
Morning Colors.
Dirt: 11-10-3.

Freewheeler...Should benefit from the seasonal debut.
Inside Info...Quick turnaround intrigues.
Luna's in Charge...In good form.
Three Outlaws.
Big Wonder.
Uncle George.
Dirt: 9-2e-11.

TENTH RACE - $150K Fleet Indian
Critical Value...Last year's 2YO filly NY-bred champ was solid in 2020 comeback. The edge.
Ice Princess...Over-matched in G3 Fantasy at Oaklawn. Undefeated vs state-breds.
Makingcents...Improving Beyers.
Sharp Starr.

ELEVENTH RACE - $150K West Point
Dot Matrix...Moving back in vs NY-breds after a string of open stakes efforts. Near-miss in this race last year.
Gucci Factor...Obviously better than latest.
Therapist...Clearly a contender.
Dirt: 2-3-6.

Smite...Seems likely off the last two Beyers.
Tempesta...Solid near-misses in last two.
Fluent in Sarcasm...The one to catch?
Boom Boom Kaboom.
Dirt: 13-1-4-6.

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.

Archives of daily Best Bets picks and plays pages: 2013 ... 2012 ... 2011 ... 2010... 2009 ...2008 ... 2007 ... 2006 ... 2005 ... 2004 ... 2003

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