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Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Monday, July 28, 2014
Meet Total ... 23-92

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1-10. Well, that was frustrating. Lone winner in R8 [$5.20]. But - check it out - seven of our top picks ran second! Ouch! Gimmicks using the selections actually offered some fun on a scratch-reduced, off the turf afternoon: R1 BACD [x 5.60 no tri]. R5 BA [ex $14.60]. R6 CA [x 29.80]. R7 DAC [x 51.50 t 189.50]. R8 A-Cd [x 24.00]. R9 CAB [x 29.00 t 147.00].

31,561 attended - although the number is inflated by 'spinners' chasing the pilsner galls giveaway. There was an early morning rainstorm - about 9am. Turf racing was moved to the main track. The sun poked through off and on during the afternoon - with some humidity. And there was a brief rain shower about mid-card.


Family Mondays – a weekly attraction held every Monday from noon to 4pm inside the Saratoga Pavilion. The weekly event features a variety of free family-friendly activities for all ages.

Also the first ever live-money tournament - experience the thrill of tournament play for just $40. Sign-up will be on the first floor of the grandstand.

Heavy overnight rain mean off the turf again on Monday.

On dirt
Classic Sense...Ran well two back for a tag.
Strueves Star...Lone dirt start was arguable best yet.
King of Bay... Has run well in off-turfers before and makes a class drop.
Greek God.

On dirt
Banana Thief...Sire and trainer are win-early and dam produced full-sib - Itsreigningkittens - won lone start in February. Worked 10.2.
Jamaalaree...Wes Ward trainee - and they're always ready.
Coastal Zip...City Zip on top.
Classic Aussie.
Good Luck Gus.

Mr O'Leary...A little bit of a dud last time - but perhaps a rebound on the class drop.
Big Blue Talent...Last time seen at this level was his best.
Beau Who...Might be primed.
Southern Blessing.

On dirt
War of Honor...Just on the 'fresh face factor'.
Touch of Poetry...MTO. On the class drop he's eligible.
Spa City Treasure... MTO. Perhaps back in the comfort zone.

Citizen Wells..Might be interesting going back to his dirt races at AQU.
Maserati...Class relief.
Best Play...Another that ran well when last seen on dirt.
Village Warrior.

Pecorino...Pletcher runner makes significant class drop.
Forest Boy...Long time maiden makes an interesting move for SoCal with a drop in for a tag.
Act of Heroism...Also moves out of MSW company.
Americas Guest.

On dirt
Apex...In the body of the field - but seems dirt-meant.
Big Sugar Soda...Also has good dirt form.
Spartiatis...Capable on best.

EIGHTH RACE - G2 $200K Honorable Miss Hcp
La Verdad...Four-race win-streak and 9-for-11 overall.
R Free Roll...Clearly a contender off of the stake win at CRC.
Red Velvet...Pletcher filly is typically in the hunt.
Merry Meadow.

Zoebear...Perhaps a head-scratching class-drop - but the one to beat if ready.
Rap d'Oro...Improving numbers.
Romancing the Gold...Beat lesser last time. Well beaten at this level two back. Hmmm.
Bedouin Now.

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