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Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Monday, September 5, 2022
Meet Total ... 113-405 [$688.30]

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2-12. Winners in R7 [3.50] and R12 [3.00]. Also, R2 ... BAx x 10.80; R4 ... BCA x 24.80 t 58.00; R8 ... Bd-A-x B C scr; R9 ... BCAD x 19.20 t 67.50 s 240.40; R10 .. BDC x 30.20 t 29.00 s 491.40 C won - DQd to 3rd.

The rough end to the meet continues. After clicking along nicely at an average of three wins a day for the first six weeks or so, the last week and a half just hasn't played out well. Rough time to hit a cold-patch but it happens. We'll see what we can add to the total here on closing day...

Attendance: 27434. Weather - wow, what a swing. The early portion of the day was a reminder of earlier in the meet: sunny, hot and humid. But, by the end of the card it was overcast, sprinkling a tiny bit and much cooler.


Three Girls...Bill Parcells [August Dawn] has unleashed some 2YOs at this meet. Maybe another on closing day?
Luna's Song...Might come out running.
Showemyourheels...Ae. Will need some help to get into gthe field - but likely to contend if in.
Slow down Summer.
Spoils of war.
Dirt: 8-10-13-11-4-16.

Blame It On Daddy...Moves forward from debut effort.
Impressor...Well behind top pick in latest but improvement is very likely.
Hyper speed...might prove interesting at a price.
Mr Marlin.

THIRD RACE - G3 $200K Baruch
City Man...Looked good winning here in July.
Mouillage...Logical player.
Winters Back...Long time layoff but plays with these if ready.
Dirt: 3-5-1.

Crowding Out...Needs to rebound in third start back - but drop might help.
Smokin Hot Kitty...Back in for a tag.
Silken Dollar...Makes a potent class move.
Union Dolly.
Dirt: 3-14-13.

Backyard Money...Experience at the level last time.
Aidanike...Off the claim for clever connections.
She Caught My Eye...Nice win last time but a question mark on how she'll class-up with trhese.
Sister Supream.
New York Banker.

Whhatlovelookslike...Got a look at this level in latest.
Waterville...Gets to put a couple together.
Russiarussiarussia..Another likely to contend with a start at the level under the belt.
Stella Mars.
New Ginya.
Dirt: 12-13-5-3-11.

Sounds Spooky...Some win-early breeding and trainer gets them ready too.
Nobilis...Should be live in debut.
Lt Mitchell...Interesting breeding.
Arctic Arrogance.

Portos...Steps out of stakes company.
Gentleman Joe..Trainer good off the claim.
Grumps Little tots...Should fit.
Air Attack.
War Stopper.

Digital Software...Good looking comebacker.
Splendid Summer...Lighlty-raced and capable.
Reckless Spirit...Seems perhaps better than latest.
War Strategy.
Dirt: 16-15-10.

Wicked Hot...Always in the hunt.
Jane Grey...Debut winner here in 2020 then second twice since coming back off long layoff.
Shalimar Gardens...Win two back says she might like some moisture in the track.
More Ammo.

ELEVENTH RACE - G1 $300K Hopeful
Gulfport...Makes amends.
Mo Strike...Hard to fault so far.
Forte...Don't count him out.
Bourbon Bash.

Cupid's Heart...Might come back improved.
Ribot's Valentine...Also lightly-raced and returning from a layoff.
Tosconova Beauty...Ran well here last time.
Fancy Feline.
Juliana's Rose.

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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