Equidaily Racing Journal

Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Thurssday, August 25, 2016
Meet Total ... 84-288

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3-10. Winners in R2 [4.30], R4 [4.60] and R9 [3.40]. Yep, we're doing OK with winners on top - but, to be honest, we're not feeling that great about the last few days. As an exacta player it's been a disappointing stretch the last few days - sure, we've got winners, but we can't get anything in underneath! Oooph!

23,890 attended. Warm and mostly comfortable.


FIRST RACE - G1 $150K NY Turf Writers
Bob Le Beau...Good flat-win prep set him up for a nice win in the G1 Smithwick. Won this race last year - but was carrying 22 pounds less! The weight is the only question mark.
Scorpiancer...Second to top pick last time.
Porttrade...And third behind top two in that race.

Trappe...Two sibs were winners - but not precocious. Sire produces win-early types. Debut wasn't much but trainer often has them improve subsequently and the drop should help.
Mr Curiousity...Off the latest effort.
Zababa...Off the claim - and a layoff - for a red-hot trainer.
Steel Grit.

Majestic Tango...Sire gets precocious runners. Dam produced a sib - Summerdale - that won at first asking. Let's look for this one to benefit from the experience last time - and appreciate the grass.
Beautiful Nite Sky...Worked 10.3 before auction. Bullet work in prep for this spot.
Unspoken Mission...Might come out running.
Discreet Image.
Paz the Wine.
Lem Me Dance.

Tahoe Tigress...Ortiz brothers both have runners looking to go back-to-back. Maybe a slight edge here with a win over the track.
Champagne Ruby... The other likely contender.
My Won Love...Behind Champagne Ruby last time.
Lady Luciano.

Sam Sparkle...Whole field seems suspect for various reasons. We land here with the class relief.
Winter Games...Would be the top pick but off two months since the claim and works are lackluster.
Narvaez...Also off just slightly too long since the claim - with uninspiring works.
Dom the Bomb.

Queenofthechannel...Pletcher trainee gets some additional class relief.
Laquesta...Ran OK when dropped to this level. Claimed.
Rain in Spain...Nmbers fit.
City Section.
Bright Side Up.

Shalako...Three race win-streak and improving numbers.
Mav...Primed off of two near-misses.
Inventor's Gate...Team is cool at the meet - but horse seems to fit.
No Texting.
Knight of Valor.

Flash Trading...Right back of the nice win here on 7/28?
Juan and Bina...Numbers make him perhaps the one to beat - but just can't fully embrace the one-fer runner.
Caderyn...The one to catch?
Goats Town.

NINTH RACE - $100 Riskaverse
On Leave...Should be heard from in the lane.
Pricedtoperfection...Should fit well here.
She Doesn't Mind...Lightly-raced with improving numbers for potent team.
Stella Rose.
Sky My Sky.

Battle Tux...In for a tag after breaking maiden in second good race amongst MSW company.
Rio Vista...On best effort.
Ring of Truth...Class move attracts.

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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