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Steve Matthews / August 23 at Saratoga

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2 3/8 Miles. (National Fences). The NEW YORK TURF WRITERS CUP (Grade I). 4&up. Purse: $150,000. Post -- 1 p.m.

3 Demonstrative(L) 146 Walsh 1-6-6 Valentine 5-1

1 Charminster 144 Rafter 9-3-1 Delozier, III 4-1

4 Spy In The Sky(L) 152 Hodsdon 1-4-4 Day 5-1

2 Divine Fortune(L) 154 Crowley 5-2-1 Sheppard 3-1

2b Nationbuilder(L) 142 Dalton 3-6-9 Sheppard 3-1

1a Decoy Daddy(L) 154 Geraghty 4-6-10 Delozier, III 4-1

5 All Together(L) 144 Aizpuru 3-3-5 Fisher 6-1

6 Dynaski(L) 142 Dowling 10-7-3 Voss 15-1

2x Sermon of Love(L) 140 Dalton 6-4-6 Sheppard 3-1

7 Left Unsaid(L) 146 Young 2-2-2 Voss 5-2

Demonstrative was a clear-cut winner in Jonathan Kiser; more to come. Spy In The Sky took A P Smithwick at 25-1 last time; dangerous. Left Unsaid lost a head bob to 'Spy' in 'Smithwick' last time; must consider.

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7 Furlongs. Starters Handicap. The CHARLES DOWD. 3&up. Purse: $67,000.

1 Lubango(L) 119 Lezcano 1-2-2 Englehart 15-1

2 Strapping Groom(L) 122 Castellano 1-1-2 Domino 5-2

3 Itsagoodtendollars(L) 119 Maragh 3-3-1 Levine 6-1

4 Private Tale(L) 119 Dominguez 1-10-1 Trombetta 12-1

5 Indy Scent(L) 119 Velazquez 2-6-2 Gyarmati 8-1

6 Saginaw(L) 128 Cohen 1-6-1 Jacobson 4-5

Strapping Groom logged three sharp works since determined victory in last; call based on price potential. Saginaw owns fast figs and packs potent late kick; could easily take this. Itsagoodtendollars is competitive on best efforts.

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6 Furlongs. 3&up. Maiden Claiming $35,000. Purse: $42,000.

1 Espiritu Libre(L) 119 Napravnik 4-5-x Canani 5-1

2 Curve Ball(L) 119 Castellano 3-3-x Galluscio 5-2

3 He Ain't Bluffing(L) 123 Dominguez 3-3-x Dutrow, Jr 9-5

4 Original Art(L) 119 Ortiz, Jr 3-10-4 McLaughlin 5-1

5 Derby Bird(L1) 112 Garcia x-x-x Zito 15-1

6 Romolo's Friar(L) 119 Montalvo 4-x-x Hertler 8-1

7 Crooked as Can Be(L) 119 Desormeaux 6-x-x Scherer 12-1

He Ain't Bluffing is firing bullets for first start since top-figured third in June at Belmont; primed and ready. Romolo's Friar made sustained run after slow start in debut; price will be tempting. Espiritu Libre owns speed and drops; don't ignore.

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5 1/2 Furlongs. (Mellon Turf). 3&up. Maiden Claiming $25,000. Purse: $37,000.

2 Big Red Talent(L) 119 Maragh 5-5-3 Chatterpaul 12-1

3 Star Walk(L) 123 Ortiz, Jr 10-5-5 Sciacca 30-1

4 D'tiger(L) 123 Alvarado 4-3-3 Harty 6-5

5 Barnards Galaxy(L) 119 Espinoza 7-11-4 O'Brien 30-1

6 Quick to Strike(L) 123 Velasquez 5-5-3 Rice 6-1

1 Black Ace(L) 119 Lezcano 2-5-2 Parisella 8-1

7 Spring Warrior(L) 119 Rosario 2-5-4 Asmussen 4-1

8 Torment(L) 119 Castellano 2-3-6 Levine 5-1

9 Speight Me(L) 112 Garcia 6-7-5 Guerrero 15-1

Also Eligible

1a Two and Twenty(L) 119 Studart 11-8-x Parisella 8-1

Quick to Strike is from a dam that's produced six turf winners; it's all about the footing. D'tiger returns to grass after fast-figured fourth in last; big-time danger. Black Ace makes first start since moving to John Parisella barn; very interesting.

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

1 Section A(L) 119 Ortiz, Jr 8-2-8 Lerman 15-1

2 Smart Power(L1) 119 Maragh 6-x-x Fout 8-1

3 Current Design(L) 119 Dominguez 8-2-3 Jacobson 4-1

4 Griffin Rock(L) 116 Garcia 2-2-3 Sedlacek 6-1

5 Great Karoo(L) 123 Alvarado 4-8-x Mott 12-1

6 Bundestag(L) 123 Velasquez 3-3-3 Day 8-1

7 Southern Joy(L) 119 Leparoux 7-6-x Maker 10-1

8 Wandering Kitten(L) 119 Castellano 2-4-x Levine 8-5

9 Silver Skates(L) 123 Espinoza 8-5-3 Chatterpaul 20-1

10 Promised Destiny(L) 119 Rosario 6-5-x Hennig 20-1

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11 Bake Shop(L) 119 Napravnik 9-3-7 Bush 5-1

12 Sokitumi Samurai(L) 119 Castellano 6-3-2 Parisella 2-1

Wandering Kitten logged fast late pace numbers in both starts and now makes first start since claimed by Bruce Levine. Current Design gets class relief and packs solid late kick on best; very dangerous. Griffin Rock is 0-for-24 but holds sharp current form; must consider.

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5 1/2 Furlongs. (Mellon Turf). 2yo. Maiden Special Weight. Purse: $80,000.

1 Force Multiplier(L1) 119 Ortiz, Jr x-x-x Serpe 12-1

2 Central Banker(L) 119 Napravnik 3-x-x Stall, Jr 4-1

3 Hightail(L1) 119 Maragh 3-7-4 Lukas 5-2

4 Kamchatka(L) 119 Castellano 8-x-x Maker 5-1

5 Redwood Kitten(L) 119 Desormeaux 5-2-x Ward 7-2

6 Star Street 119 Leparoux x-x-x Wilkes 10-1

7 Mico Margarita(L1) 119 Rosario x-x-x Asmussen 12-1

8 Aidenandabettin 119 Alvarado x-x-x Motion 8-1

Also Eligible

9 Coldblack(L1) 119 Lezcano x-x-x Correas, IV 5-1

10 Sayaad 119 Castro 2-7-x McLaughlin 2-1

11 Never the End(L1) 119 Lezcano x-x-x Kenneally 10-1

Hightail gets the meds after talling swift internal figs in last; more to give. Redwood Kitten is training with a purpose for first start in 48 days; big-time player. Central Banker was solid third when debuting in strong field; right in the thick of this.

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1 Mile & 1 Furlong. Allowance Optional Claiming. 3&up. Purse: $95,000.

1 Joan's Choice(L) 121 Rosario 5-6-4 Violette, Jr 8-1

2 Praetereo(L) 121 Prado 4-6-6 Domino 15-1

3 Golden Gulch(L) 121 Lezcano 2-8-1 Kenneally 7-2

4 Lunar Victory(L) 123 Alvarado 1-1-1 Mott 2-1

5 Self Control(L) 121 Dominguez 1-3-3 Brown 5-2

6 Arthur's Tale(L) 121 Castellano 3-3-6 Albertrani 5-1

Golden Gulch tallied swift final fraction when a game second in last and logged two, crisp half-mile works in the interim. Lunar Victory is riding a four-race winning streak; short price is the knock. Joan's Choice owns fast back numbers; dangerous on 'A' game.

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1 Mile. (Inner Turf). Allowance. 3&up. Fillies and Mares. Purse: $87,000.

1 Kitty Wine(L) 117 Lezcano 2-4-2 Kenneally 4-1

2 Star Torina(L) 121 Prado 4-7-6 Mott 5-1

3 New Wave(L) 117 Leparoux 5-8-2 Arnold, II 12-1

4 Raise the Flag(L) 117 Velazquez 4-1-3 McGaughey III 8-1

5 Antonia Autumn(L) 117 Dominguez 3-1-x Clement 5-2

6 Town Flirt(L) 121 Castro 8-4-1 Weaver 15-1

7 Mongos Expression(L) 121 Cruz 8-1-4 Barrera, III 30-1

8 Pianist(L) 117 Castellano 3-1-2 Brown 2-1

Main Track Only

9 Welcome Guest(L) 117 Dominguez 6-2-1 Brown 1-1

Raise the Flag is riding a forward line on the numbers and now makes peak start of form cycle. Kitty Wine owns speed and could play out as the controlling front-runner on the fence. Pianist failed to get the job done when 95 cents on the dollar last time; short ticket once again.

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11/16 Mile. (Mellon Turf). 3&up. Fillies and Mares. Claiming $35,000. Purse: $42,000.

1 Donttangowithmango(L) 117 Dominguez 7-8-1 Trombetta 10-1

2 Belle Gallantey(L) 117 Rosario 2-2-5 Hess, Jr 3-1

3 Villanella(L) 117 Lezcano 8-1-2 Clement 5-1

4 Gold Love(L) 121 Castellano 3-3-2 Englehart 7-2

5 Yes She Rules(L) 121 Leparoux 8-1-4 Brown 7-2

6 Miss Ruud(L) 117 Cohen 6-8-1 McPeek 8-1

7 Strikealinethruit(L) 121 Prado 4-6-7 Duggan 8-1

8 Nandira(L) 121 Velazquez 8-9-4 Attfield 12-1

Main Track Only

9 Flashy American(L) 117 Cohen 1-4-6 McPeek 5-2

10 File Gumbo(L) 121 Ortiz, Jr 6-1-6 Clement 5-1

11 Scenic Gulch(L) 117 No Rider 2-1-6 Hennig 8-1

Belle Gallantey was second to a repeat winner in last at Dmr and could play out as the main speed with aggressive ride. Yes She Rules packs strong stretch kick and compiled eye-catching work slate for first start in 60 days; could easily take this. Nandira ships in for Roger Attfield and is right in the thick of this on best. Strikealinethruit consistently earns competitive numbers.

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