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Steve Matthews' Saratoga selections for Wednesday, Aug. 21

Best bet: HOPONTHEBUSGUS (8)

Best value: SAINT MARCO (6)

FIRST: Veneer of Charm moves to jumps after clear-cut win on Delaware turf last time; tally ho. Cite was a determined winner over Spa fences last out; dangerous. Sportswear is riding a two-race winning streak; must consider.

SECOND: Smooth With a Kick displayed a potent kick when breaking maiden by nearly six lengths last time; takes another. South of the Shore is training sharply and has the benefit of the rail; could easily take this. Mo Moxie has hit the board in six of seven starts; logical.

THIRD: Rejected Again was an ultra-game second in debut; experience counts in field of mostly newcomers. Brady's Palace compiled tight work tab for debut; stay tuned to the tote. Bychance concluded work tab with two bullet drills; could be a runner.

FOURTH: Nakamura wheels back in a hurry after sharp score on Saturday; more to come. Highland Sky has been facing graded stakes fields and 13-furlong trip is right in his wheelhouse. Proquestor owns speed and could prove very tough on soft lead at big price. Redicean moves to flat after determined win over Spa jumps last out; right in the thick of this.

FIFTH: Jewel of Arabia gets Lasix after willing third in debut; experience edge in 13-horse field with 10 firsters. Courageous Girl, another that has started, fired crisp half-mile drill since speed-and-fade debut; dangerous. Sophie Rules shows a work slate that culminated with half-mile bullet; very interesting. Be Magic makes first start for Rudy Rodriguez; could be the goods.

SIXTH: Saint Marco tallied solid late-pace figure when a useful fifth in debut; more to come. Smite raced wide when fourth in first start; must consider. Montana Man is from a dam that has thrown three turf winners; improvement expected.

SEVENTH: Flat Out Jayvien notched swift final fraction when a determined winner at Finger Lakes last time; pairs up. Foolish Ghost is fleet-footed and could prove to be a very tough customer on an unchallenged lead. Air On Fire also owns speed and fast final figures; be no surprise.

EIGHTH: Hoponthebusgus compiled four tightly grouped works for first start since claimed; confident price boost seals the deal. Annie Rocks was compromised by wide trip in last; late-running threat on "A" game. Morissette makes third start of form cycle after failing as the favorite in last; recoups losses?

NINTH: Samay faces litmus test for class after winning four of last five at Finger Lakes; up to the task. Amundson regressed in last after 10-length maiden win in prior; bounce-back threat. Our Last Buck endured rough trip on turf last time; return to main track places him right in the mix.

10TH: Tradeable is riding a forward line on late-pace and final numbers; more to give. Zandora is speedy and could easily take this on an unchallenged lead. Something Joyful needed last and gets class relief; worth long look at long price. Avocado Toast has finished second in last two starts; right in the thick of this.

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