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Steve Matthews' Saratoga selections for Saturday, Aug. 25

Best Bet: C Z ROCKET (9); Best Value: SKYCHIEF (4)

FIRST: Puttheglassdown was a clear-cut second in debut; experience is key. Greyes Creek debuts for Chad Brown; need not be a rocket scientist to pick this one. Strong Union was bought for $650k as a yearling; could be the goods.

SECOND: Appealing Briefs was compromised by wide trip in last. Ides of Arch, 1-for-1 on Spa sod, is training sharply. Siggie is speedy and adds blinkers; front-running player.

THIRD: Silver Dust weakened late after setting swift splits last time; softer flow predicted. Soutache gets class relief and owns fast back numbers. Tommy T bested top selection by more than three lengths in last; benefited from hot pace?

FOURTH: Skychief owns sprinter's speed and projects as the controlling front-runner. Digital Footprint tallied swift late-pace figure when a surging second in debut; potential underlay. Social Paranoia is from a dam that has produced two grass winners.

FIFTH: Tathqeef is rested and has the benefit of the rail. St. Louie is training with a purpose for first start in eight weeks; dangerous. Markitoff is another that's working sharply for return from freshener; right in the thick of this.

SIXTH: Promises Fulfilled fired crisp half-mile drill since impressive win in Amsterdam; more to give. Firenze Fire went to the bench after dominant score in Dwyer; more than good on "A" effort. Telekinesis owns speed and is training swiftly; don't ignore.

SEVENTH: Farrell projects as the speed of the speed with aggressive ride. Elate loves Spa soil and could be ideally positioned in the stalker's seat. Abel Tasman, another that should be advantageously placed, packs powerful late kick; very dangerous.

EIGHTH: Marley's Freedom ships in from SoCal for Bob Baffert and owns swift late-pace and final figures. Finley'sluckycharm was a fast-figured winner in Honorable Miss; pair up potential. Lewis Bay is speedy and owns top numbers; right in the thick of this. Highway Star is an overachiever that could be overlooked in the wagering; very interesting.

NINTH: C Z Rocket rocketed past six rivals when winning Churchill Downs overnight stakes last out; ready for prime time. City of Light is fresh, firing bullets and owns fast figures; big-time threat. Limousine Liberal also has swift numbers and bullet works; must respect.

TENTH: Bigger Picture makes third start of form cycle and notched crisp 5-furlong drill last week. Funtastic is riding a two-race winning streak for Chad Brown; dangerous. Revved Up owns two wins from three starts on Spa sod; don't ignore.

ELEVENTH: Wonder Gadot ships in from Canada after winning two straight; eye-catching half-mile bullet on Spa loam last week seals the deal. Good Magic no doubt has talent but no doubt will be over bet; for chalk lovers only. Gronkowski was less than two lengths behind Triple Crown winner Justify in Belmont Stakes; another undervalued Chad Brown runner.

TWELFTH: Off Limits owns win on Spa turf and logs swift late-pace numbers on best efforts: Chad Brown that offers playable price? Hawksmoor has drilled three times since speed and fade in Diana; tighter on Saturday. A Raving Beauty has fired three bullet drills since third in Diana; be no surprise.

THIRTEENTH: Spring on Curlin is 0-for-16 but could receive perfect setup in wide-open nightcap. Victor Lounge is fleet-footed but lacks staying power; must take the good with the bad. Uncle Larry makes first start with maiden-claiming tag; very interesting. Rough Justice exits sprints and should be favorably positioned near the front; price will be tempting.

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