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Steve Matthews / August 9 at Saratoga

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51/2 Furlongs. (Mellon Turf). 3&up. Fillies and Mares. Claiming $20,000. Purse: $37,000. Post -- 1 p.m.

1 Guyana Star(L) 117 Maragh 6-4-7 Persaud 12-1

2 Acrobatic Tactic(L) 117 Espinoza 1-7-1 Englehart 20-1

3 Uncle Southern(L) 117 Velasquez 5-10-1 Rice 4-1

4 Miracleonbroadway(L) 117 Solis 1-9-8 Turner, Jr 20-1

5 Princess Millie(L) 117 Rosario 8-1-2 Ward 7-2

6 Dissension(L) 119 Ortiz, Jr 1-3-3 Gullo 6-1

7 Wellspring Legacy(L) 117 Cohen 3-8-6 Jacobson 5-2

8 Ascended Fever(L) 117 Prado 6-5-7 Galluscio 12-1

9 Ideal Place(L) 117 Castellano 10-1-x Brown 5-1

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10 Talent N Passion(L) 117 No rider 9-5-2 Rodriguez 8-5

Dissension overcame traffic trouble to win at 33-1 last time; pairs up. Princess Millie gets favorable cutback in distance after being done in by fast fractions last time; very dangerous. Uncle Southern needed last and gets rider upgrade.

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7 Furlongs. 3&up. Maiden Claiming $20,000. Purse: $37,000.

2 Like a Boss(L) 119 Ortiz, Jr 7-2-6 Peebles 12-1

3 Acro's Game(L) 109 Carson 8-5-8 Persaud 30-1

4 Keyaly(L) 123 Prado 3-9-2 DiSanto 12-1

5 Silver Shot(L1) 119 Maragh x-x-x Persaud 20-1

1 Artemus Paperboy(L) 119 Velazquez 3-x-x Catalano 6-5

6 Slick Daddy(L1) 123 Bridgmohan x-x-x Reynolds 6-1

7 Start Jumping(L) 119 Ortiz 4-4-2 Nevin 2-1

1a Optionality(L) 123 Rosario 3-4-9 Maker 6-5

8 Joey N(L) 119 Lezcano 11-4-2 Magee 10-1

Start Jumping compiled eye-catching work tab for first start since February; primed for best. Optionality owns fast final figs and makes peak start of form cycle. Joey N could impact at fat ticket with return to dirt. Artemus Paperboy had tough trip after taking strong tote support in debut.

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2 Miles. 3&up. Allowance Optional Claiming. Purse: $87,000.

2 State Flag(L) 121 Rosario 5-3-3 Maker 3-1

1 Ea(L) 121 Cohen 5-6-3 Jacobson 7-5

3 Popplestone(L) 121 Solis 7-1-7 Fisher 12-1

4 Kings Village(L) 121 Lezcano 4-3-5 Younghans 20-1

5 Regal Warrior(L) 121 Velasquez 2-8-3 Rodriguez 2-1

6 Le Deluge(L) 121 Prado 7-5-5 Nuesch 8-1

1a So Scott(L) 121 Castellano 5-2-4 Jacobson 7-5

Le Deluge drops, returns to dirt and owns wins at ultra-marathon trips. Ea was a winner at absurd two-mile distance last summer at Spa. Popplestone is longwinded and should move forward in second start of form cycle.

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51/2 Furlongs. 2yo. Fillies. Maiden Claiming $35,000. Purse: $45,000.

1 L'S Escalator(L1) 119 Espinoza x-x-x Cannizzo 6-1

2 Saratoga Miss(L1) 119 Ortiz, Jr x-x-x Canani 8-1

3 Crystal Rocket(L) 119 Saez 6-x-x Contessa 7-2

4 Forbidden Talent(L1) 119 Velazquez x-x-x Pletcher 2-1

5 Johnny Meatballs(L1) 119 Velasquez x-x-x Rodriguez 4-1

6 Sheered 119 Albarado x-x-x Scherer 8-1

7 Fancy Boss(L1) 119 Lezcano x-x-x Contessa 6-1

Fancy Boss shows a work tab that culminated with half-mile bullet; best guess. Forbidden Talent debuts Pletcher; need more? Saratoga Miss hails from dangerous first-out stable (Nick Canani).

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51/2 Furlongs. (Mellon Turf). 2yo. Fillies. Maiden Special Weight. Purse: $80,000.

2 Sweet Reason(L1) 119 Solis x-x-x Gyarmati 12-1

3 Handshakesnkisses 119 Cohen 7-x-x Scherer 15-1

4 Reign 119 Prado x-x-x Motion 3-1

5 Best Friends 119 Rosario x-x-x Sheppard 4-1

6 Miss Lech(L1) 119 Castellano x-x-x Brown 5-2

1 Ameliatheaviator(L1) 119 Velazquez x-x-x Nihei 5-1

7 Irish Tart 119 Saez x-x-x Mott 6-1

8 Amore Grand(L1) 119 Albarado x-x-x Romans 10-1

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9 Lemon Point 119 Alvarado x-x-x Mott 10-1

10 Boom Boom Vroom(L1) 119 Rosario x-x-x Ward 2-1

1a Anea(L1) 119 Solis x-x-x Nihei 5-1

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11 Sky Crew(L) 119 Ortiz, Jr 3-x-x Schosberg 5-1

Best Friends compiled a string of 5-furlong works for debut and attracted Rosario. Miss Lech debuts for Chad Brown after firing a half-mile bullet on Sunday. Ameliatheaviator is from a dam that's produced five turf winners.

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51/2 Furlongs. 2yo. NY Bred. Maiden Special Weight. Purse: $70,000.

1 Empire Dreams 119 Castellano 4-x-x Albertrani 7-2

2 Junger(L1) 119 Alvarado x-x-x Hertler 15-1

3 Free Mugatu(L1) 119 Rosario x-x-x Terranova 5-1

4 From the Point(L1) 119 Saez x-x-x Goldberg 8-1

5 Thug Daddy(L) 119 Maragh 3-x-x Contessa 4-1

6 Honor Bound 119 Velasquez x-x-x Englehart 15-1

7 Fox Rox(L) 119 Rodriguez 2-x-x Ferraro 2-1

8 Deceived(L1) 119 Solis x-x-x Gyarmati 8-1

Thug Daddy endured rough trip when third in debut; rates close call. Fox Rox bested top selection by a length when favored first time out and fired a half-mile bullet in the interim; could easily take this. Empire Dreams set pressured pace when making debut in same July 21 dash as top pair; right in the thick of this.

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11/16 Miles. (Mellon Turf). 2yo. Fillies. Maiden Special Weight. Purse: $85,000.

2 Jazil's Dream 119 Rosario x-x-x Albertrani 10-1

3 Samurai's Honor 119 Saez x-x-x Albertrani 12-1

4 Duff One(L) 119 Wilson 4-x-x Contessa 4-1

1 High Heel Kitten(L1) 119 Castellano x-x-x Brown 2-1

1a All Star Kitten(L1) 119 Castellano x-x-x Brown 2-1

5 Manda Moo 119 Velazquez x-x-x Nichol 10-1

6 Shine a Spotlight(L1) 119 Prado 4-x-x Wilkes 5-1

7 Courtesan 119 Ortiz, Jr x-x-x Clement 3-1

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8 Aldara 119 Saez 5-x-x Albertrani 3-1

Shine a Spotlight gets the meds after making middle move and flattening first out. Duff One made late rally in spint debut and should be aided by today's added ground. Brown entry: High Heel Kitten and All Star Kitten are newcomers with tight work tabs; just one goes with Castellano listed on both.

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11/16 Miles. (Inner Turf). 3yo. THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF RACING HALL OF FAME. (Grade II). Purse: $200,000.

2 Notacatbutallama(L) 122 Velazquez 1-1-3 Pletcher 4-1

1 Get in Line(L) 115 Garcia 5-1-1 Maker 9-5

3 Rydilluc(L) 122 Prado 8-1-4 Contessa 2-1

4 North Slope(L) 115 Saez 5-1-3 McLaughlin 8-1

1a Charming Kitten(L) 119 Rosario 2-2-9 Pletcher 9-5

5 Balance the Books(L) 119 Castellano 3-6-11 Brown 7-2

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6 Battier(L) 122 No rider 6-3-1 Pletcher 8-5

Charming Kitten should pack intensified late wallop with cutback to shorter trip. Notacatbutallama is riding a two-race winning streak; very dangerous. Rydilluc failed to handle 10-furlong trip last time but bested top selection in prior outing; right in the thick of this.

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11/8 Miles. 3&up. Fillies and Mares. THE ALADA. Purse: $100,000.

1 Sure Route(L) 118 Alvarado 5-4-2 Gargan 20-1

2 Sea Island(L) 118 Lezcano 3-6-2 McGaughey III 3-1

3 Street Secret(L) 123 Castellano 1-3-1 Brown 4-1

4 Cash for Clunkers(L) 120 Bridgmohan 6-5-7 Violette, Jr 12-1

5 Moon Philly(L) 120 Velasquez 4-5-5 Trombetta 6-1

6 And Why Not(L) 118 Saez 3-2-8 Matz 6-1

7 Lady Cohiba(L) 118 Ortiz, Jr 4-2-3 Clement 8-1

8 Flashy American(L) 123 Rosario 2-1-1 McPeek 5-2

Flashy American was pace compromised by when a clear-cut second in last; more to come. Street Secret was a front-running winner in most recent start and has trained strongly in the interim. Cash for Clunkers can contend if able to reproduce form from spring of '12.

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11/8 Miles. (Inner Turf). 3&up. Claiming $20,000. Purse: $38,000.

1 Rover(L) 121 Ortiz 5-8-5 Antonucci 20-1

2 Matt and Jesse(L) 121 Maragh 3-3-8 Ortiz 15-1

3 Barzini(L) 121 Castellano 5-8-1 Maker 4-1

4 El Season(L) 121 Velazquez 3-2-3 Sheppard 7-2

5 Cytherean(L) 121 Lezcano 3-6-9 Trombetta 5-1

6 Verne(L) 121 Rocco, Jr 7-1-3 Wyatt 8-1

7 Elder Skatesman(L) 121 Prado 3-10-9 Allyn 20-1

8 Sam's Buck(L) 121 Velasquez 6-3-9 Weaver 3-1

9 In My Eyes(L) 121 Ortiz, Jr 8-8-4 Matz 5-1

Cytherean packs a potent late kick on best and should move forward in second start since January. Sam's Buck logged both wins on Spa sod and owns competitive numbers on best efforts. Rover is a deep closer that would be aided by hot fractions. In My Eyes owns speed and fired half-mile bullet since last start; price will be tempting.

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