Equidaily Racing Journal

Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Meet Total ... 62-221

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No racing. Dark day.


Mutasaawy...Comes out of a maiden-breaker at PRX. Half the field still chasing initial jumps win.
Buck Benny...Like the stalking style.
Kremlin...Better than latest effort? We'll see...

Spieth...Show the only 80 Beyer on the page. Might be an improved 3YO.
Powerful Ally... Primed off the two-turn try last time?
Alpha Team...Interesting on the move to dirt.

Fire Away...Seems primed to go well off of the latest try here.
Augustin entry...With same jock named only one will go -- Holiday Star would be the pick -- IF most recent races weren't almost two years ago! Street Fashion is clearly capable.
Muqtaser...Win here on 7/21 - but this bunch is tougher.
Mark My Style.

Jump for Joy...Looks like a waiver in the claiming race off of the layoff - but we'll take a shot here. Might romp. Might run up the track.
Lady Devil/Easy Way Out...Lady Devil seems beter on turf - hmm. Easy Way Out Should fit with these.
Lady Constance...In from Ky.
B Three.

My Mr Wonderful...Experience counts. Sib Jo's Bold Cat 2,2,4,1 to start career. Meanwhile, sib Brickhouse Baby took 13 to win.
Joe's Smokin Gun...Showed speed on turf.
Fun Prospect...AE list. Just feel that improvement is likely.
Stolen Pistol.

Saratoga Wildcat...In a wide-open event that seems more like a lottery - we'll land here on the trainer's first-off-the-claim angle.
Helooksthepart...Might prove interesting from a class perspective.
Paden...Ky-invader should fit with this group.
Morning Buzz.

Commend/Vici...Commend is preffered - but Vici might have a slight edge on the rest.
Amelia's Wild ride...Back class.
Zoot Suit...In for tag off of a couple nice wins.
End Play.

Damage Control...Perhaps a Beyers edge.
No Texting...The "other" Rudy.
Mobridge...Off the latest effort.
Irish Prayer.

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Fairyland...They were confident enough to try Royal Ascot.
Buy Sell Hold...Rollicking start to career was halted last time - but eligible to rebound if takes to turf.
Sly Beauty...Beat the boys on turf in the latest.
Sugar Queen.

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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