Equidaily Racing Journal

Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Monday, September 4, 2016
Meet Total ... update pending113-385

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Post time 12:30pm.

Gambler's Ghost...Third start of the meet with improving numbers.
Storm Pursuit...Fits. Speedy.
Chasing Bubbles...Has to improve off of seasonal debut.

Moondance...Nature and nurture.
Swing and Sway...We like Maclean's Music as a sire of precocious runners.
Strawberry Tequila...Worked 10.1 before sale.
Mini Megan.

Data Room...From potent win-early connections.
JS Choice...Should improve off of troubled debut.
Panama Papers...OK in first two.
Giant Brownie.
Now in a Drive.

Woodville...Debut was impressive.
Golden Gem...Jose Ortiz onbaord.
Sing for Beauty...Speed.
Sabrina Ballerina.

Candida...Jose Ortiz riding for a very good first of the claim trainer.
Stormin Saratoga...Ran Ok when dropped to this level last time.
Degrees of Freedom...Back in for a tag.

Joust ... Dangerous if in.
Slew of Money...Lonhro on top.
New Money Honey.., Firster from Chad.
Its Only Fair.
China Rider.
Vandalize...Drop is suspicious.
Roman Revival...Fits off of the latest.
Saratoga Sight...Numbers two and three back.
Hundred Percent.

Make a Decision...Slight drop and Jose onboard.
Cloontia...Better than latest.
Uncle Sigh...Bridesmaid lately.
Dream Doctor.

NINTH RACE - G2 $250K Baruch Hcp
Jay Gatsby...Off of the last two numbers.
Takeover Target...Solid on best effort.
Ring Weekend...Maybe a rebound closer to the seasonal debut.
Take the Stand.

TENTH RACE - G1 $350K Hopeful
Classic Empire... Impressed in CD stake.
Bitumen...Hard to fault the record so far - which includes a Saratoga stake.
Practical Joke...Solid debut.
Runaway Lute.

War Baby... My man Sheppard looks to keep his Saratoga win-streak alive. He's won at least one race at the meet since 1969. I'll bite on a good story to end the season.
Ma Can Do It...Maiden ran second in G2 Black-Eyed Susan two back.
Chase Motto...Capable.
Crystal Wave.

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