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Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Monday, September 3, 2018
Meet Total ... 99-393

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2-12. Winners in R3 [4.90], R9 [3.50]. Also, R1 ... CAE x 20.40 t 112.50; R3 ... ADBC ("C" DQd from 2 to 4) 4.90 x 17.40 t 26.60 s 49.40; R6 ... B-Ef-A "E" scr x 23.60 t 106.50; R7 ... CAEB x 23.00 t 78.50 s 255.40; R9 ... ABx "D" scr 3.50 x 9.80; R10 ... Bc-A-x "B" scr x 17.00; R12 ... EDC x 31.60 t 136.50.

Reported attendance was 44,946 - but of course that was inflated by spinners chasing the windbreaker giveaway.

Weather was sunny and comfortable.


Catch Me If U Can... Worked 10.2 before sale. Mixed results with sib re: win-early. But has one under the belt and goes first off calim for Asmussen.
Fly Away Birdie...MSW to mdn clm.
Gump...Good enough on a best effort.

McErin...Calss relief.
Source Control...On best.
Heldatgunpoint...Should fit well with these.
All Clear.
La Maquina Gris.
Dirt: 14-16-15-13-11.

Complexity... Could come out running with Maclean's Music on top.
Binary...Worked 21.3 before sale. Sib Oh So Regal was 2,4,2,3,1 to start career.
Azrael...Worked 10.1 before auction.
Southern Phantom.

Deep Sea...Hasn't missed an exacta in last five starts.
Full Salute...A little concerned by the drop off the claim - but fits if ready.
Imperatore...Speedy. Moves up off the claim.
Joy Drive.

Kulin Rock... Should fit well at this level.
Gosilently...Nice positional speed and a good try on the retur from SoCal in latest.
Dominant Startegy...Broke through on the move to grass.
Honey Dont.
Looking Ready.
Dirt: 6-1-4-3

Bacchanalia...Sire is OK with firsters - albeit not so much on turf. But, we'll focua on the win-early connections.
Peace Corps...Similar scenario with the sire. Might benefit from troubled debut.
Bambalina...Interesting firsters from Jerkens.
Toy Moon.
Seek and Destroy.

Barely Impazible...Debut was good - last year. Won't be surprised to see more of the same in the return.
Wild Colonial Boy...Improving.
Sicilia Mike...Good second in a similar event last time.
Call Me a Star.

Saratoga Colonel...Moves oit of state-bred alw.
Pocket Player...Has run well in similar company in prior starts.,br> Ten Eyck...Tried stakes company last time - better fit today.
Four Knights.
Dirt: 3-9-7-1.

NINTH RACE - G2 $250K Baruch Hcp
Voodoo Song...Seems logical to take them all the way.
Projected... Always in the hunt.
Inspector Lynley...Comes out of s stakes win here.

TENTH RACE - G1 $350K Hopeful
Mucho...Maiden-breaker was impressive.
Mind Control...First two were good, improving efforts.
Nitrous...Needs to step it up a little but that's not out of the question.

Spring Drama...AE list. Capable if in.
Super Mama...Ae list. Layoff is the concern.
Sardonyx...Back to turf.
Spiral bound.
Lady Camille.
Grand Banks.

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