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Steve Matthews’ Saratoga selections for Friday, July 22


Best Bet: JET BLACK (1)


FIRST: Jet Black owns stalker’s style and is riding a two-race winning streak; rates close call in Spa opener. Thirst for Glory looms the prime beneficiary if pace meltdown ensues; dangerous. Sinistra is training sharply for return from 50-day freshener for Rudy Rodriguez; right in the thick of this.

SECOND: Seattle Ice Queen fired 5-furlong bullet on July 11; call in wide-open 2-year-old dash. Cha Cha Heels makes first start for Rodriguez; could be the goods. Bliss to You should improve after even fourth in debut.

THIRD: Dynamo Flotilla fired half-mile bullet since determined win in last; more to come. John Eddie also won last and could play out as the speed of the speed with aggressive ride. Chipit drops and owns fast back figures.

FOURTH: My Cara Mia regressed in last after fast-figured win in previous start; rebounds. Sentiero Italia is 1-for-1 on Spa sod; big-time player. Tapitry gets class relief after facing Grade I field in last; must consider.

FIFTH: Cosmopolitan Girl tallied improved final fraction when a clear-cut second at Churchill Downs last out; ready for prime time. Annie Rocks is speedy and could prove very tough on an unchallenged lead. Candida makes peak start of form cycle; logical, short-priced player.

SIXTH: La Coronel was fourth when forty cents on the dollar in debut; deserves another chance. Bowie fired 5-furlong bullet drill on Spa surface on July 13; follow the money. Pletcher entry: Seam and Jumby Bay are each working with a purpose; only one goes with John Velazquez listed on both.

SEVENTH: Bileaps and Bounds projects as the swiftest of the swift in field that’s jammed with speed. Anna Rae runs late and could be in the garden spot if pace meltdown ensues. True Romance holds sharp current condition and fired half-mile bullet on July 15; price will be tempting.

EIGHTH: Harlands Thunder gets Lasix after taking backward step in Astoria Stakes last out; bounces back in Schuylerville today. Lightning Dove endured very rough trip in Astoria; very dangerous. Summer Sally has trained consistently since winning debut on May 4; must be factored into the mix.

NINTH: Sky My Sky tallied solid late-pace figure when a front-end winner on Churchill turf last out; rates close call in wide-open Lake George. Enjoy Yourself logged three tight works for first start in seven weeks; worth long look at long price. Outsider Art is riding a forward line on late-pace and final numbers; don’t ignore.

TENTH: Moegan Avenue was a tough-trip sixth in last; crisp half-mile work last week is the clincher. Snowfly was pace and trip compromised when a close-up third in last at Monmouth; very playable. Liam’s Prince needed last and owns fast back figures; very interesting. Market Strength takes price plunge for Chad Brown; can you say underlay?

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