Equidaily Racing Journal

Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow
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Saratoga Race Course
Friday, July 21, 2017
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Yesterday

No racing.


Today

Opening Day. Optimism is high. Always is though on the first day! ...

FIRST RACE
River Date...Slight edge to this half of the Rudy uncoupled entry. First off the claim. Lackluster Saratoga record - but those were vs better. Seems in the comfort zone price-wise.
Indycott...Also Rudy. Dropping slightly.
Rich Daddy...Live on the race two back. Castellano rides.
Marriage Fever.

SECOND RACE
Centr of the Stage...Like the sire for earliy winners. Dam produced a sib, Underthemoonlight, that was 2,1 to start career.
Beaux Arts...Moves in against state-breds.
Lady of Miracles...Has some interesting win-early breeding.
Scatback.

THIRD RACE
Planet Trailblazer...Been playing at this level.
Point Hope...Frist Diodoro Saratoga runner. Improved off the claim - but against lesser [well, theorhetically - this field isn't that strong].
Offlee Brawn...Also moving up off a big win.
Surtap.

FOURTH RACE
Patternrecognition...Hard to go beyond off of the first two Beyers.
Takaful...Perhaps a rebound on the move out of stakes company.
So Noted...Hmmm... back numbers, yes. But no off of the seasonal debut dud.
Via Egnatia.

FIFTH RACE
Everybodt Loves Me...AE list - but, if in, love the sire for win-early runners. Dam produced a sib, Zen Papa, that won first two outs. Worked 9.4 before sale.
Honey Glow...Pletcher firster.
Amazing Belle...Experience counts.
More Mojo.

SIXTH RACE
Itsinthestars...Back to a sprint.
Discreet Image...Dangerous outside speed. Solid 2017 debut.
Buffalo Miss...Might prove interesting in 4YO debut.
Same Kinda Crazy.

SEVENTH RACE
Kaigun...Seems better than his last two.
Highland Sky...In good form.
Gold Shield...Numbers fit.
Red Rifle.

EIGHTH RACE - G3 $150K Schuylerville
Snowfire...Lived up to purchase price with debut win. Probably will need to step it up a little - but that's not out of the question.
Dream It Is...Only question is the surface switch - otherwise, the one to beat.
Mel's Gone Wild...Contender off of the Debut win at Parx.
Buy Sell Hold.

NINTH RACE - G3 $150K Lake George
Party Boat...Seems like a logical player off of the last two - making the 6-1 ML seems generous. We'll see...
Sweeping Paddy...Off the latest.
Defiant Honor...2017 debut was good.
Fifty Five.

TENTH RACE
Veil...Better than last effort.
Sweet Connie Girl...In for a tag for Chad/Castellano team.
Rain in Spain...Another that begs to draw a line through the latest effort.
Submit.


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