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Steve Matthews’ Saratoga selections for Saturday, July 23


Best Bet: HOTHERSAL (7)

Best Value: CORT (5)

FIRST: Money Changer adds blinkers, drops and owns fast back figures. Dr Luber’s Kiss returns to dirt and owns competitive numbers on “A” game. Afleet Martini is speedy and rested; must consider.

SECOND: Our Stormin Norman was a late-running second in debut and switch to sod should suit. Master Merion is fleet-footed and will prove very tough on a soft lead. Conquest Sure Shot finished six lengths behind “Merion” after slow start in debut; could easily close the gap.

THIRD: Bitumen tallied swift late-pace figure when an eye-catching winner in debut; more to come. Random Walk also impressed in debut and has trained strongly in the interim; very dangerous. Zartera displayed sharp speed when winning first start; don’t dismiss.

FOURTH: Chomsky cuts back to sprint and should pack amplified late wallop. Condominium is speedy and starts from the fence; very playable. Come As You Are fired 5-furlong bullet on July 7; worth long look. Black Doblin should be tighter in second start since seven-month layoff; price will be tempting.

FIFTH: Cort chased hot splits last time but could play out as the speed of the speed today; rates close call. Altar Boy runs late and could be sitting in the garden spot if top selection wilts in the lane. Canadian Flyer fired 3-furlong bullet for first start in 56 days; must consider.

SIXTH: Pretty Boy Flash has trained with a purpose since non-threatening fifth in debut; improvement predicted. Royal Copy, another that should move forward with race under belt, gets the meds after racing wide in first start; very interesting. Forge notched swift half-mile drill on Spa surface last week; could be the goods.

SEVENTH: Hothersal gets class relief and makes peak start of form cycle; breakthrough predicted. Ascend delivers strong efforts with machine-like consistency; very dangerous. Taghleeb packs potent late kick on best efforts. Orino is one of just two in the field (Adirondack Dancer) with a win on Spa sod; don’t overlook.

EIGHTH: Scissors and Tape had wrong setup when chasing last time but projects as the main speed with aggressive handling today. Cave Johnson is fresh and could be ideally positioned in the stalker’s seat. Conquest See Ya was compromised by wide trip in last.

NINTH: Testosterstone was a determined winner in last and owns faster back figs; more to give. Cadeyrn is fleet-footed and could play out as the controlling front-runner in compact field. My Man Sam has trained sharply since finishing 11th in Kentucky Derby; more than good enough on “A” game.

TENTH: Isabella Sings is speedy, razor-sharp and should get the early jump in contentious Diana. Rainha Da Bateria owns fast late-pace figures and fired half-mile bullet last week; worth long look. Recepta is 1-for-1 on Spa sod and logged three tight works since solid second in last; right in the thick of this.

ELEVENTH: Procurement was pace compromised when a late-running fourth in last at Laurel; forward move expected. Lure of the South gets confident price hike in first start since claimed by Steve Klesaris; very interesting. Winter Springs takes two-level class plunge for Chad Brown; damaged goods? Aripeka was second in lone start on Spa sod; must consider.

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