Equidaily Racing Journal

Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Meet Total ... 14-51

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3-10. Winners in R1 [$6.90], R3 [$3.50] and R9 [$8.30]. In R1 a straight exacta [$22.40/$2] and tri [$74.50]. Reverse exactas in R2 [$20.20] and R5 [$17.00].

[attendance pending]. Weather was comfortable - with some sprinkles late in the day. However - about a half-hour after the finale a lightning bolt exploded a tree in the backyard out by the Big Red Spring. There was damamge ubt, thankfully, no injuries.


FIRST RACE Kiser Novice $75K
Top Striker...Has been solid jumping - and comes out of a nice try on the flat last time.
Bluegrass Summer...Sheppard over the jumps - always dangerous.
Schoodic...Also has taken well to the steeplechase game.
Tempt Me Alex.

Battle Red...Sire and connections are win-early - but dam produced at sib -- Bet On Kitten -- that is 7-0-0-3. However, first start indicates talent.
Bully Proof......Uncoupled entrymate to top pick - and that means win-early scenario.
Revolver...Another that went well in debut.
Preciado entry.

Miss Electornica...Trainer's horses typically improve in their second starts.
Mary's in Utopia...Seems in good form.
Keep Right...Moves out of MSW company.
Molly Jordan.

Katie's Garden...Off since January but has shown flashes of talent that should make her competitive here.
Ultimate Shopper...Might speed pop .em.
Misszippityslewda...Should fit with this bunch.
Lady Gracenote.

Braided...Might come back with some added maturity.
D'Kennesaw Cat...Has some early foot.
Skipping...Typically in the hunt.
Orient Harbor.

Bridgetta...Solid in 2014.
Saichi Sweepin...The on to catch?
Bird House...Needs to rebound to back numbers - but might be primed to do that.
Darn That Trip.

Powerful Instinct...Might benefit from 2014 debut.
Abilio...Plenty of talent but the Beyer dip in seasonal debut and today's move in for a tag are of concern.
Lawyer Jim...Capable if ready.
Sneaky Kitten.

Heir to Dare...Looks to be dropping in search of a SAR win.
Wholelotaroyalty...Also getting class relief today.
Pura Vida Zen...Improving numbers at F'Lakes.
Wild Kay.

NINTH RACE - $100K Quick Call
Favorite Tale...Started following him earlier this year - and he has run well, outside of graded stakes company. The real question mark today is grass.
Pure Sensation...Just behind the top pick two back and in front of that one last time. Also testing the turf today.
Choctaw Chuck...Nice won on the synthetic at Presque Isle last time.
Good Bye Greg.

Harmony Bay...Interesting on the distance cutback moving out of jump races.
All Over Me...Better than the latest.
Chasin Chama... 'Fresh Face Factor'.
Litle T Louie.

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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