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Steve Matthews / August 20 at Saratoga

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1 Mile & 1 Furlong. 3&up. Maiden Special Weight. Purse: $85,000. Post -- 1 p.m.

2 Praetorian Guard(L) 119 Husbands 9-3-10 Antonucci 15-1

1 Flashy Sunrise(L) 119 Velazquez 3-3-2 Stewart 9-5

3 After the Bell 119 Maragh 7-x-x Albertrani 8-1

4 Round Midnight(L) 119 Alvarado 2-3-3 Zito 5-1

5 Burned Bridges(L) 119 Lezcano 11-3-7 Persaud 10-1

1a Suns Out Guns Out(L) 119 Dominguez 4-7-5 Romans 9-5

6 Tiz Yankee(L) 112 Garcia 2-2-2 Zito 7-5

West Point entry: Suns Out Guns Out owns fast dirt figs and mate Flashy Sunrise packs potent late kick. Tiz Yankee owns seven seconds from nine starts; continues trend? Round Midnight was second when favored in last; must consider.

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7 Furlongs. 3&up. Allowance Optional Claiming. NY Bred. Purse: $64,000.

1 Mineswept(L) 121 Ortiz, Jr 3-1-4 Gyarmati 3-1

2 Tug of War(L) 117 Lezcano 1-8-10 Hushion 5-2

3 Recurring Dream 117 Singh 2-4-6 Barker 7-2

4 Precious Metal(L) 121 Dominguez 1-4-4 Jacobson 5-1

5 Pete's Parley(L) 121 Alvarado 1-4-3 Matties 6-1

6 Cap the Moment 121 Studart 5-3-7 Smith 20-1

7 Good Law(L) 121 Leparoux 4-9-4 Proctor 10-1

Recurring Dream logged fast late pace number when a clear-cut second in last; set for best in third start of form cycle. Precious Metal was hard charging winner in last and now makes first start since claiming by powerful Drawing Away/David Jacobson tandem. Pete's Parley, another last-race winner, owns solid back figs.

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1 Mile. (Inner Turf). 3&up. Maiden Claiming $25,000. Purse: $38,000.

1 Santonio d'Oro(L) 119 Garcia 4-4-4 McPeek 4-1

2 Komisarek(L) 123 Studart 7-7-6 Sciacca 30-1

3 El Dreamer(L) 123 Prado 8-5-5 DiSanto 12-1

4 Todd Cole(L) 119 Alvarado 10-5-5 Zito 12-1

5 Rangey(L) 119 Castellano 3-2-2 Parisella 8-5

6 Know This 119 Lezcano 7-x-x Persaud 20-1

7 Br. Alexander(L) 123 Cohen 4-6-6 Badgett, Jr 3-1

8 Here Comes Drz(L) 112 Garcia 2-5-5 Martin 5-1

9 Thunderville(L) 119 Ortiz, Jr 10-10-x Gyarmati 30-1

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10 Espiritu Libre(L) 112 Garcia 4-5-x Canani 9-5

Todd Cole delivered best efforts when fresh and rested and logged three tight works this month; sitting on breakthrough. Rangey owns speed but lacks heart; must take the good with the bad. Santonio d'Oro is riding a forward line on the numbers; very playable.

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5 1/2 Furlongs. (Mellon Turf). 2yo. Maiden Special Weight. NY Bred. Purse: $60,000.

1 Half Wildcat(L) 119 Desormeaux 5-x-x Hertler 4-1

2 Becker's Galaxy(L1) 119 Garcia x-x-x Galluscio 8-1

3 Jump Johnny Jive(L1) 112 Garcia x-x-x Prine 15-1

4 Always For You(L1) 119 Alvarado x-x-x Ferraro 6-1

5 Grahamandwithers 119 Dominguez x-x-x Schettino 3-1

6 Everydoghashisday(L) 119 Maragh 8-6-x Contessa 4-1

7 Hengroen(L1) 119 Velasquez 7-x-x Kelly 12-1

8 Birchwood Road(L1) 119 Prado x-x-x Nihei 7-2

Also Eligible

9 Our Pedroia 119 Cohen x-x-x Barrow 15-1

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10 Meet the Mets(L1) 119 Castellano x-x-x Brown 3-1

11 Goodtolook(L1) 119 Cohen x-x-x Contessa 7-2

12 Comandante(L) 119 Napravnik 2-x-x Martin 2-1

Half Wildcat owns turf breeding on both sides of pedigree; improvement expected. Always For You compiled sharp work tab; follow the money. Grahamandwithers debuts for streaking Dominick Schettino stable; happy hunting.

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6 Furlongs. The UNION AVENUE. 3&up. Fillies and Mares. NY Bred. Purse: $100,000.

1 Funky Munky Mama(L) 118 Ortiz, Jr 6-1-4 Gullo 12-1

2 Willet(L) 118 Dominguez 1-1-1 Iselin 2-1

3 Final Mesa(L) 120 Desormeaux 6-5-4 Ward 10-1

4 Lady Vi(L) 118 Prado 4-5-2 Serpe 15-1

5 Paper Plane(L) 118 Lezcano 1-1-2 Kenneally 10-1

6 Risky Rachel(L) 124 Castellano 2-2-7 Coronel 6-5

7 Superior Sarah(L) 118 Velasquez 2-2-3 Albertrani 6-1

Final Mesa fired 5-furlong bullet last Tuesday and projects as the speed of the speed with aggressive handling. Willet can win from stalker's seat and looms prime beneficiary if pace meltdown ensues. Risky Rachel can easily take this on 'A' game, but appears off her best numbers.

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1 1/16 Mile. (Inner Turf). 3&up. Allowance Optional Claiming. Purse: $90,000.

2 Tonto Fontenot(L) 121 Navarro 2-2-3 Kobiskie 6-1

3 Lighthouse Sound(L) 121 Velasquez 1-4-2 Rice 12-1

4 Syros(L) 121 Napravnik 8-6-2 Fisher 20-1

5 Jimmy Simms(L) 121 Leparoux 1-4-5 Asmussen 2-1

6 Economic Summit(L) 121 Garcia 1-5-5 Violette, Jr 10-1

7 Followmyfootsteps(L) 121 Dominguez 2-3-6 Voss 4-1

8 Cozy Kitten(L) 121 Trujillo 4-7-3 Ward 6-1

1 Midnite Silver(L) 121 Castellano 3-3-2 Jacobson 12-1

9 Voodoo Storm(L) 121 Rosario 5-6-2 McGaughey III 5-1

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1a Ea(L) 121 Dominguez 1-1-3 Jacobson 12-1

Voodoo Storm was pace and position compromised when a better-than-it-looks fifth in last; pair of sharp half-mile works in the interim seals the deal. Cozy Kitten has a history of delivering big efforts when fresh and rested; very dangerous. Jimmy Simms is 1-for-1 on Spa sod; right in the thick of this.

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1 1/16 Mile. (Mellon Turf). 2yo. Maiden Special Weight. NY Bred. Purse: $65,000.

1 Arctic Missile(L) 119 Cohen 7-10-x McPeek 15-1

2 M Six 119 Dominguez x-x-x Pletcher 3-1

3 Night Editor(L1) 119 Desormeaux x-x-x Ward 8-1

4 Irish Jade(L1) 119 Ortiz, Jr x-x-x Terranova,II 4-1

5 Leilani's Ticket(L1) 119 Castellano x-x-x Galluscio 6-1

6 Song Of Aspen(L) 119 Lezcano 2-5-6 Persaud 15-1

7 Tequila Hero(L1) 119 Castro 5-x-x LeCesse 15-1

8 Slimshady 119 Fallon 6-8-x O'Brien 12-1

9 Notacatbutallama(L) 119 Velazquez 2-x-x Pletcher 5-2

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10 Can't Catch Me Now(L) 119 Rosario 3-8-x Gullo 3-1

Song Of Aspen was a clear-cut second behind a runaway winner in last and is bred to improve with switch to sod. Notacatbutallama was a solid second in debut; likely favorite. Slimshady made forward move on the numbers when making first turf start last time; price will be tempting.

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1 Mile & 1 Furlong. (Inner Turf). 3&up. Fillies and Mares. Maiden Special Weight. Purse: $85,000.

2 Conquesta(L) 119 Garcia 3-4-5 Ribaudo 4-1

3 Opalite(L) 119 Velasquez 3-5-2 Donk 15-1

4 Unrivaled Score(L) 119 Ortiz, Jr 3-4-2 Terranova,II 10-1

5 Normative Appeal(L) 119 Dominguez 5-2-3 Toner 12-1

1 South Shore(L) 119 Rosario 2-6-6 McGaughey III 6-1

6 Cerce Cay(L) 119 Cohen 3-2-2 McPeek 10-1

7 Praise Band(L) 119 Castellano 2-4-3 Tagg 7-2

8 Geisha Gal(L) 119 Alvarado 4-5-x Mott 3-1

9 Dynaverse 119 Maragh 5-x-x Fout 20-1

1a Gloat(L) 119 Rosario 4-7-x McGaughey III 6-1

10 Holiday's Jewel(L) 119 Lezcano 2-4-2 Martin 8-1

Geisha Gal made wide move when rallying into hot final fraction in turf debut last out; half-mile bullet on Aug. 7 is clincher. Unrivaled Score could play out as the controlling speed in grass debut; very playable. Conquesta was fast-figured third in last; dangerous.

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7 Furlongs. 3&up. Allowance Optional Claiming. Purse: $90,000.

1 Flat Bold(L) 121 Alvarado 10-1-2 Schettino 5-1

2 Arch Traveler(L) 121 Garcia 4-5-6 Jerkens 8-1

3 Gallant Fields(L) 121 Castro 8-5-2 Dutrow, Jr 6-1

4 Raging Six(L) 121 Trujillo 3-2-6 Hartmann 7-2

5 Goodtimehadbyall(L) 121 Desormeaux 3-1-4 Scherer 6-1

6 Our Edge(L) 121 Lezcano 1-2-2 Moquett 12-1

7 Banner Bill(L) 117 Dominguez 4-1-1 McLaughlin 10-1

8 Zero Rate Policy(L) 121 Rosario 7-8-5 Pompay 15-1

9 Little Drama(L) 121 Maragh 2-7-5 Mareina 3-1

Gallant Fields owns fast back figs and now makes first start since claimed by Rick Dutrow; set for best. Little Drama was an ultra-game second in last and owns two wins at 7-furlong trip. Flat Bold regressed in last but is right in the thick of this on best; bounce back potential.

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13/16 Mile. (Mellon Turf). 3&up. Claiming $25,000. Purse: $42,000.

1 Inscrutable 121 Fallon 5-6-6 Foley 12-1

2 Pocket Cowboys(L) 121 Velazquez 6-6-3 Pletcher 2-1

3 Elder Skatesman(L) 121 Desormeaux 5-7-10 Allyn 30-1

4 Monteagle(L) 121 Napravnik 6-9-1 Fisher 20-1

5 Slambino(L) 121 Maragh 7-10-9 Weaver 12-1

6 Dugan(L) 121 Velasquez 5-6-3 Sheppard 6-1

7 Quick Recovery(L) 114 Garcia 6-2-10 Martin 8-1

8 Grand Rapport(L) 121 Dominguez 3-3-3 Contessa 5-2

9 Free Brave(L) 121 Ortiz, Jr 2-2-3 Scott 5-1

Also Eligible

10 Gamblin Fever(L) 121 Espinoza 4-9-7 Turner, Jr 20-1

11 Ground Frost(L) 121 Napravnik 3-5-5 Voss 8-1

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12 Bail Out the Banks(L) 121 Garcia 6-4-2 Violette, Jr 7-2

Dugan was out of his element on dirt last time but rates call with return to turf in tricky nightcap. Inscrutable drops and gets favorable cutback in distance; very interesting. Grand Rapport owns fast numbers and packs potent late kick on best; very dangerous. Pocket Cowboys takes sizeable price plunge in first start since claimed by Repole/Pletcher; fire sale?

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