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Today's Beatable Favorite(s): None

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Saratoga - 7/27


 Race 1



3.Sounds Good

We start out the Friday with three solid DRF Formulator stats, so let's hop to it !  There was one thing that we remembered from last year, and that there is actually a solid trainer stat in regards to 5% Russell Cash -- that he's 3 for 4 with local second time starters beneath 16-1 ( $7, $20 & $7 ). This one -- #1  ANALYZETHISANDTHAT   -- was yanking against the reins through a 21 flat opening quarter down at The Shore, and can do a better job today if able to relax a bit. #6 BANKIT posted a nice number when finishing second in the debut, and The As-Man is a crisp 7:5-0-1 with second time starters in this zip code who crashed the fiesta 20-40 days ago & are 7-2 or undah. Two things you need to keep in mind here: The Tommy has an asterisk next to it, so the sire is still unproven at the dx., and it was a four way blanket finish that afternoon ( with the winner flopping in a stakes next time out ), so don't give too much credit to the second place finish. #2 SOUNDS GOOD hasn't shown much in the mornings, but brings in a 383 Tomlinson figure, and Rice is an honest enough 8:3-1-1 with dirt firsters right here at 10-1 or less ( $13, $10 & $21 ). Irad gets the nod.   NOTE: AS OF 12:44, DUE TO A LATE SCRATCH OUR AMENDED SELECTIONS ARE NOW 1A-6-4.


      Race 2

1.Night Owl

2.Classic Lady

3.Radiant Beauty

#1 NIGHT OWL is curiously put up for sale after a win by Brown, but this barn owns a whopping 8 for 9 record when making those who scored less than 100 days ago available for purchase for the 1st time ( turf routes @ less than 7-2 ). The ROI for that sampling is a juicy $4.60, and Castellano rode this one to victory down in Oldsmar on what was a record setting day for Javier. #4 CLASSIC LADY improved by about 50% when switching surfaces & stretching out for the first time, and although the Beyers are light, Rubley is 3-7with turf stayers who got the sheepskin 22-40 days back ( $8, $8 & $9 ). #2 RADIANT  BEAUTY is another who can be all yours for half a C-note today, and had a couple of showings under Irad last year.  OFF TURF: 1-6-3-7-5  NOTE: AS OF 12:49, THE #8 WILL BE OUR 3RD SELECTION.   NOTE: AS OF 1:27, Due to a late late scratch, the #5 will be our 3rd selection.


Race 3


2.Carmine's Honor

3.Vicar's Legend

#1 WEGOTOLDYOUGOTSOLD hasn't been seen since Hector was a pup, but owns some beautiful works for today's comebacker, has won off the shelf, and Nevin is 4-10 with mid level dirt sprinters off hibernations of 120-240 days beneath 15-1 ( $8, $7, $12 & $7 ). #5 CARMINE'S HONOR comes in today off a career best fig., and ain't facing much for his first foray versus winners. #4 VICAR'S LEGEND as bad as any for the third slot. 


      Race 4

1.Canadian Flyer

2.The Queens Jules


#1 CANADIAN FLYER hasn't faced the starter in a year & five days & is now in for a tag, but that's ai'ight, as Mott knows how to have 'em ready. This is attested by his 7 fer 14 mark when putting that initial "For Sale" sign on the rump of his turfers ( 40+ days ) w/an ROI of $3.15. #3 THE QUEENS JULES is also backed by a 50% trainer stat, as Ward is 4-8 when making his turf dashers available to be claimed for the 1st time at odds of 10-1 or less ( won < 53 days ago ), and there's a positive return on investment in that regards. #3 BELGIAN is confidently stepped up in the first start off the claim by Maker and enters off two solid performances.  OFF TURF: 6-4-2-7-1


      Race 5

1.Charlie McCoy

2.It's Hot Out

3.Freud's Affair

#1 CHARLIE MCCOY has improved from the first start to the second & the second to the third, and from an itty bitty sampling, Nevin is 2 for 4 with 'Toga runners of this ilk who were ITM last out ( $29 & $12 ). Note that there was a bullet breeze before the last sharp effort & there's another one heading into today. #3 IT'S HOT OUT is second off the shelf today & owns some nice zip. #10 FREUD'S AFFAIR has been a part of the tri in 11 straight & 14 of 15, so right off the bat, we love the consistency. Progno ( 18% on the norm ) is 3 for 10 with those who won 1-2 dozen days ago going short on the sand at this level ( 20-1 or under ), with the winners coming back $10, $7 & $6. 


Race 6

1.Conquest Hardcandy

2.Belle of the Spa


Some decent trainer stats here, so let's give our loquaciousness a break & get to them in no frills fashion. #1 CONQUEST HARDCANDY: Ryerson ( from a limited sampling ) is is 2 fer 4 with local turf stayers at this class level off L/O's of 55 days or less ( 15-1 or < ) with the winners coming back $31 & $21. 1 for 2 when breaking from the pine. #3 BELLE OF THE SPA: Cox ( dig it ) is 6-15 with runners fitting this criteria off absences of 50-100 days ( 20-1 or under ) and has a $3.36 ROI to boot. #4 BAREEQA: Asmussen has won half of his 10 starts with 3rd off the L/O opt. turf stock going long who were on the board in last & are 10-1 or less ( $3.36 return on investment ).  OFF TURF: 1-3-2-4-5


Race 7 

1.Blasted Boss


3.Glory to Kitten

#9 BLASTED BOSS seems to be cycling nicely these days, and Calhoun ( 20% when putting on his boots in the morning ) is 16:6-4-2-2 with mid level turf routers returning off sabbaticals of 39 days or lower that are >1.75-1 & < 5.25-1 ( $2.55 ROI ); should be right there. #3 SAIDA won the last time she was entered for this price & is 1 for 3 @ the dx. #4 GLORY TO KITTEN got the job done both times she was entered for 30K or less and likes this trip.  OFF TURF: 4-1-7-3-9  NOTE: AS OF 3:38, DUE TO A LATE SCRATCH THE #6 WILL BE OUR 3RD SELECTION.


 Race 8

1.Sir Ballantine

2.Virtual Machine

3.Uncle Mojo

#1 SIR BALLANTINE exits a race where four runners have come back to go 4:1-0-3 in their next outings, improving their speed figures 6.5 points in the process; slight edge in a toughie. #8 VIRTUAL MACHINE was a lively and well clear runner up down in Joyzee 34 days ago, and five year old chestnut ( who still has his chestnuts ) is 3:1-1-0 off the shelf. Lezcano picking things up a bit after a slow stretch. #4 UNCLE MOJO owns a win at this trip and over this strip, and is an obvious inclusion. 


 Race 9


2.American Lincoln


We positively LOVE the fact that Mott has eschewed the Jim Dandy for this spot with #1 HOFBURG, as he apparently feels that after some tough battles, Tapit colt deserves some class relief and a confidence booster. Appears to lay over this entire bunch, and in a field of plodders, I would expect to see Irad tip this one outside to keep him out of trouble. Jogola. #5 AMERICAN LINCOLN ( one half of the uncoupled Rice entry may be loose on the lead here, and if you were going to use a small exacta reverse as a saver, it'd be with this one. #4 NICODEMUS ( 2nd part of the entry ) is a biblical figure who's history can be found right here , and colt appreciated the extra ground ( and extra 1/2 of a turn ) when getting the diploma at the Pea Patch & boosting the speed # by about 20% in the process. Plenty of upside. 


 Race 10

1.Lady Vicki

2.Aly's All Out

3.Posse's Paradise

#1 LADY VICKI finds herself at her lowest level to date, and new conditioner is GARGANtuan when being handed over a runner & spotting them in a dirt dash off 70-150 day hibernations ( 12-1 or less ), as he's 14:6-2-1 with that type. ( Parimutually speaking, is on the plus side of the ledger as well. ) #9 ALY'S ALL OUT was as sharp as a tack when losing by a schnoz first time out in April, as Irad got a case of butterfingers that afternoon, then followed that up with a slightly troubled fourth when being claimed. Another layoff ensued, and while we'll be using, we'll also be observing in the paddock. #5 POSSE'S  PARADISE could spice things up beneath a hard trying Abel.   NOTE: AS OF 12:54, DUE TO A LATE SCRATCH THE #10 WILL BE OUR 3RD SELECTION.


Saratoga       ( Current )    12-59   ( $105.00 )    Beatable Favorites:   2-11  (  18.1% )   Favorites Win %:  22-59    ( 37.3% )( As of Friday morning ) 


Belmont             ( Final )  88-499   ( $829.00 )     Beatable Favorites   12-39  ( 30.7% ) Favorites Win %: 170-499 ( 34.1% )

Indiana Grand     ( Final ):  3-8       ( $12.40 )       Beatable Favorites:   N/A                    Favorites Win %: 4-8        ( 40.0% )

Aqueduct Spring ( Final ): 15-138   ( $167.50 )    Beatable Favorites: 6-15  ( 40.0% )    Favorites Win % :61-138   ( 44.2% )

Aqueduct Winter ( Final ): 67-317   ( $493.40 )    Beatable Favorites: 4-17  ( 23.5% )    Favorites Win %: 121-328 ( 36.9% )

Graded Stakes     ( Final ):  6-40     ( $43.20 )     Beatable Favorites: 2-3    ( 66.7% )     Favorites Win %: 17-38    ( 44.7% )

All Triple Crown, Breeders' Cup, Selected Grade 1's and Travers full days  ( These are also counted in the "Dirt Tracks" category ):

( 2014-2018 Final ): 52-332   ( $463.20 ) Beatable Favorites: 16-49 ( 32.7% ) Favorite's Win %: 109-332  ( 32.8% )  +/-: -30.3% against a 17.1% takeout   

Poly Tracks 2014-6 (All Final): 85-568      ( $819.20 )    Beatable Favorites : 15-68   ( 22.1% ) Favorite's Win %: 163-587    ( 27.7% ) +/-: -27.6%  against a 15.6% takeout

Dirt Tracks  2014-8 (All Final):1905-9004 ($15,457.40)   Beatable Favorites : 279-986( 28.3% ) Favorite's Win %: 3301-9098( 36.3% ) +/-: -14.2%  against a 16.7% takeout

Cumulative Stats   (All Final): 1990-9572  ($16,276.60) Beatable Favorites : 294-1054( 27.9% )Favorite's Win %: 3464-9687( 35.8% )+/-: -14.9% against a 16.6% takeout