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Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Meet Total ... 2-10

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2-10. Winners in R2 [6.20] and R9 [5.30]. Also, R3 ... BCx x 46.40; R4 ... DCB x 74.50 t 316.50; R6 ... DBx x 124.50; R7 ... De-Bc-Cd "A" scr x 44.00 t 298.50; R8 ... CAB x 30.20 t 362.00; R9 ... ABx ... 5.30 x 21.40.

33,714 attended on a beautiful opening day - with warm temps and sunny skies. Neighboring post-race watering holes Siro's and The Horseshoe were mobbed as was downtown later in the evening.


Dubb entry...JS Bach goes out for the white-hot Jason Servis. Forge is best with a best effort - don't know if we'll get that though.
Helooksthepart...Seems capable in here.
Bolita Boyz...Potent first off the claim trainer.
Full Salute.

Southern Bridge...Sib Square Shooter won first two.
Digital Footprint...Win-early connections.
One Mission...Eligible to improve.
Noble Spirit.

Awesome Slew...Likely class-edge on these.
Rally Cry...Off since October - but, like the top pick, a stakes-quality performer.
Wonderful Light...Hasn't missed a trifecta.
Behavioral Bias.

Agreeable... Might be primed.
Plans to Prosper...Perhaps the one to beat.
Shamrock Babe...Lightly-raced and eligible to improve.

Karen's Gem... Perhaps moving to the proper level.
Shape Shifter... Out-of-town invader should fit.
Miss Katie Bug... Drops.
Shanghai Glory.

Nitrous... Experience counts and this guy was solid in debut.
Fed Fever...One of a number in here that are eligible to be live at first asking.
Most Mischief...Overcame troubled start to run decently last time.

Call Provision... In good form. Likes this track.
Silverware...Seems likely capable of better than what we've seen so far in this country.
Hello Don Julio...Might provide the early pace.

First Appeal...Beyer regressed a little when moved to this company last time. Expect better today.
Really Proud...In the hunt more often than not.
Battle Joined...Perhaps improved this season.
Conquest Tizfire.
La Naturel.

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Bano Solo...Solid performance in career debut despite getting whacked pretty good out of the gate.
Strike Silver...Good-looking Beyer for first-out win.
Dream Maker...Like most in here - could be any kind.

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Sistercharlie...Can't get as far out of it as last time.
A Raving Beauty...Undefeated since arriving stateside.
Proctor's Ledge...Behind top two in two of last three.
Ultra Brat.

Team Colors...Big win vs similar last time - why not right back?
Souperfast...Second to top pick last time.
Jess I Am...Better than latest.
Tweet Kitten.

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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