TODAY'S PAPER

Steve Matthews' Saratoga selections for Monday, Sept. 3

Best bet: BOOTLEGGER (8) Best value: LOOKING READY (5) FIRST: Fly Away Birdie returns to dirt after improved fourth in last; more to come. Gump is riding a forward line on the numbers and worked two times since last start; dangerous. Catch Me If U Can was claimed for $50,000 from debut by Steve Asmussen; very interesting.

SECOND: La Maquina Gris moves back to grass after hard-charging second...

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Best bet: BOOTLEGGER (8)

Best value: LOOKING READY (5)

FIRST: Fly Away Birdie returns to dirt after improved fourth in last; more to come. Gump is riding a forward line on the numbers and worked two times since last start; dangerous. Catch Me If U Can was claimed for $50,000 from debut by Steve Asmussen; very interesting.

SECOND: La Maquina Gris moves back to grass after hard-charging second last time; keeps on giving. Charnley River is speedy and should be aided by cutback to sprint. Scatsuku shows no listed works since being sidelined since maiden score at Belmont on July 13; must be scratched if no works are announced Monday.

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THIRD: Southern Phantom fired half-mile bullet since improved third in last; more to give. Binary logged four tight works since tough-trip fourth in debut; very playable. Complexity is working swiftly for debut for Chad Brown; it's very simple.

FOURTH: Joy Drive makes first start since moving to Jeremiah Englehart barn; big effort on tap. Rockford was an ultra-game second in last; big-time threat. Full Salute is fleet-footed and could play out as the speed of the speed.

FIFTH: Looking Ready adds blinkers and projects as the controlling speed on the fence. Honey Dont drops and cuts back to shorter route; main danger if top selection hits the wall in the lane. Kulin Rock is another that could impact if pace meltdown ensues.

SIXTH: Seek and Destroy moves to grass for Chad Brown; if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Toy Moon owns a second and four thirds from five starts; minor award again? Seventh Planet was fourth in nine-horse field in debut; worth long look at long price.

SEVENTH: Sicilia Mike owns solid kick on "A" efforts and could receive ideal setup in competitive field. Discreet Mission visually and numerically impressed when a 10-length winner in last; bounces today? Charlie McCoy has worked three times since besting a next-out winner when second in last; worth long look. Call Me a Star took backward step in last after fast-figured placing in prior; rebound potential.

EIGHTH: Bootlegger regressed in most recent after much-improved third two starts back; crisp half-mile drill last week seals the deal. Saratoga Colonel owns speed and starts from the fence; very dangerous. Whendowerunpappy is improving and moves to turf for Charlie Baker; price will be tempting.

NINTH: Voodoo Song is speedy and riding a two-race winning streak; wire to wire once again. Projected packs potent late punch and will be in the garden spot if top selection wilts in the stretch. Synchrony overcame soft flow when a clear-cut winner of Oceanport Stakes on Monmouth sod last time; right in the thick of this.

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10TH: Mind Control notched solid final fraction when breaking maiden at Monmouth last out; ready for prime time. Mucho was mucho impressive when winning by nearly 10 lengths last time; likely short price is the problem. Dream Maker circled five rivals when a professional-looking winner in debut at Churchill Downs; worth long look.

11TH: Spring Drama drops into maiden-claimer and makes third start of form cycle. Forever Rising compiled tight work tab for first start since May; worth long look at long price. Grand Banks has finished second in three of last four starts; disappoints at short odds once again? Spiral Bound has worked three times since failing to handle sloppy surface last time; don't ignore. Sophie N could land in exotics at juicy number.