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Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course [and Churchill]
Saturday, September 5, 2020
Meet Total ...112-371 [Churchill race/selection results will not be added to Saratoga meet totals]

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Turf picks are turf only - unless otherwise indicated.

2020 Best Bets Picks/Plays archive.


2-12. R1 ... DCx x 31.60; R3 ... ACB "D" scr 6.10 x 11.20 t 19.20; R7 ... CDA x 50.50 t 173.00; R10 .. CBD x 35.00 t 91.00; R11 .. DACB x 14.00 t 29.40 s 69.40; R12 .. AxD 4.70.

Weather: Sunny and pleasant.

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


Tackle...Experience counts and this one seems to have gotten some good experience in the debut.
Ancient Times...Sib Awesome Choice won debut.
Kaz's Beach...Interesting on the move from Penn Nat to take on NY-breds here.

Win With Pride...A little bit inconsistent and the drop doesn't inspire - but it also might help lead to a better outcome than last time.
Vincero...Won similar event last time.
Wushu Warrior...Should fit well with this bunch.
Deep Sea.
Brush Country.

Magnolia's Lady...Seemed to appreciate the move to Saratoga.
Silky Blue...Improved on grass.
Saratoga Love...Gained some experience at this level last time.

FOURTH RACE - G2 $200K Glens Falls
My Sister Nat...Talented stakes mare from potent team finally lived up to that talent by winning for first time in US in latest - right here.
Civil Union...In good form.
Eliade...Barn mate to top pick looks primed.

Munqad...Sib Shagaf won first three starts - including 2016 G3 Gotham. Debut win was at a mile.
Olympiad...Expensive yearling ran well in debut. Likely to benefit from that.
Caddo River...Working well. Sib Baby Bel was 6,1 to start career.
Greatest Honour.

Say Moi...Beyer went the wrong way last time - but likely to rebound with the cutback.
Pop a Choc...Trainer cool at the meet on the win-end -- but this might prove to be the one to beat.
Timely Tradition...Capable on best.

Sifting Sands...Should be well-meant in Saratoga debut for these connections.
Hidden Enemy...Builds on OK first start.
Hardison...Won't be surprised if this one is live.
American Diamond.
World Cruiser.

Good Old Boy...Certainly going well in last five -- going back to last spring. Seasonal debut was very good.
Barleewon...Flopped in first try at this level. Shows gelding symbol - should go better today.
Microsecond...Stepped it up on turf.
Point Him Out.
Jack the Cat.

NINTH RACE - G2 $150K Jim Dandy
Dr Post...Was under consideration for the other big 3YO race out-of-town today. Seems like he's a player in this division and might have contended in the G1 Kentucky Derby -- should fit well with this bunch.
Happy Saver...Cross-entered in Monday's Tesio at Laurel. Likely to go there - but contends here if stays.
Jesus' Team...Seems capable.
Mystic Guide.

TENTH RACE - G2 $200K Prioress
Kimari...WW trainee gave a good try in a G1 at Royal Ascot. Has run well on dirt.
Secondary Market...Validates promising 2YO season with a nice win to start 2020 campaign.
Frank's Rockette...Might regret not putting this one on top. Talented and dangerous.
Center Aisle.
Reagan's Edge.

ELEVENTH RACE - G1 $500K Woodward Hcp
Tacitus...Intriguing field where all seem capable - but a tepid nod here off the latest.
Prioritize...Kind of feel the horse he beat last time is a contender in today's G1 Kentucky Derby.
Spinoff...Have liked this one going back to 2019 seasonal debut at Tampa. Seems to have an affinity for this track - albeit, it's a new surface here this year - but won on it on 8/9.
Global Campaign.

Life On Top...Moves in for a tag.
Our Country...Also tries claimers.
Doubly Blessed...Another that might find this a comfort-zone.
Shootin the Breeze.


Saturday stakes:

R8 ... 5-4-8-2

R9 ... 2-1-7-9

R10 .. 10-8-3-4

R11 .. 4-3-2-6

R12 .. 8-9-10-1

R13 .. 3-9-1-6

R14 .. 17-7-16-12

Friday stakes results

R8 ... 1-7-5-6
CBx x 30.00

R9 ... 3-8-1-2
ADx 3.20 x 9.00

R10 .. 6-2-5-3
ADx 5.00 x 30.80

R11 .. 8-2-1-6
AxC 2.80

R12 .. 1-5-4-3

R13 .. 4-1-2-5
Ab-Cd-x 10.00 x 21.60

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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