Equidaily Racing Journal

Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Monday, September 6, 2021
Meet Total ... 119-404

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Turf picks are turf only - unless otherwise indicated.

2021 Best Bets Picks/Plays archive.


6-12. Winners in R2 [8.70]; R3 [3.60]; R4 [7.10]; R5 [4.00]; R7 [3.30]; R11 [3.30]. Also, r4 ... ABx x 21.60; R5 ... ADx x 38.80; R8 ... BAx x 26.00; R9 ... BDx x 77.50.

Attendance: 36,403 [Hoodie T-shirt giveaway]. Weather: Partly sunny, pleasant - although there was a shower early in the card.


Big City Moma...Tepid nod in a mediocre field.
Mun Luv...Capable on best.
I'm Perfect Too...Might have some upside potential.
Equal Pay.

Carbon-Adversity...Both have some win-early breeding.
Belarus...Also breeding that touts some potential precocity.
The Honorable Ruth...Experience counts.
Call Sign Charlie.

THIRD RACE - G2 $200 Baruch Hcp
L'Imperator...Comebacker impressive.
Tell Your Daddy...Fired a triple-digit Beyer last time.
Dreams of Tomorrow...Probably a cut below top two.
En Wye Cee.
Dirt: same.

Frills...Confident move up off the claim.
My Roxy Girl...Won at this level three back.
Sweet Mia...Speed from the outside.
Extra Effort.

Conglomerate...If ready.
Abaan...Seemed to appreciate the grass.
American Law...Also went well in turf debut.
Realm of Law.
Dirt: 6040803.

Ocean Air...Back in for a tag.
Linny Kate...Also dropping into a claimer.
Perhaps Tonight...And yet another find that class relief.
A Thing of Beauty.
Dirt: 13-2-15-16.

Forced Ranking...Potent win-early connections. Sib Soothsaying won debut.
Commandperformance...Sire good with firsters. Sib Under a Spell was 2,1 to start career.
Don't Wait Up...Debut effort probably makes this one the one to beat.
Pine Valley.
Mat Doyle.

Old School...Might come out running.
Consumer Spending...Should benefit from first start.
Silery Rill...Old ran well in debut.
Dirt: 10-6-2-7-5.

Betsy Blue...Always in the hunt.
Awesome Debate...Claimed three back at this level and comes out of a stakes win last time.
Beautiful Karen...Im proving Beyers.
Ruvies in Time.
Honey Money.

TENTH RACE - G1 $300K Hopeful
High Oak...Impressed in G2 Saratioga Special.
Wit...Imptressed in G3 Sanford.
Gunite...Just behind top pick last time.
Power Agenda.

Atone...Probably fits with this group.
La Hara...Always likely to contend here.
Klickatat...Effort two back would be good enough.
Cold Hard Cash.
King Cause.
Dirt: 13-14-16-10-7.

Norman Queen..."Fresh face".
Stella Mars...Knocking on the door.
New York Supreme.
Dirt: 5-10-8-16.

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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