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Steve Matthews / July 25 at SARATOGA

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6 Furlongs. Maiden Claiming $35,000. 3&up. Fillies and Mares. Purse: $40,000. Post -- 1 p.m.

1 Naughty Matilda(L) 119 Ortiz 3-8-10 Adsit 10-1

2 Bird Rockette(L) 119 Saez 8-3-5 Zito 4-1

3 Lovely Elle(L1) 119 Alvarado x-x-x Guillot 6-1

4 Acrostic(L) 124 Davis 7-6-3 Lerman 8-1

5 Vision of Mine(L) 119 Rosario 7-5-x Stewart 3-1

6 Untiltherewasyou(L) 119 Solis 9-x-x Lewis 15-1

7 Silver Union(L1) 119 Velazquez 3-4-8 Weaver 9-5

Vision of Mine is training with a purpose for first start with maiden claiming tag; set for best. Silver Union gets the meds after displaying improved speed in last; very dangerous. Bird Rockette clipped heels and fell last time after logging improved final fraction in prior.

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7 Furlongs. Claiming $20,000. 3&up. Fillies and Mares. Purse: $39,000.

1 Appearance(L) 118 Castellano 2-3-5 Levine 8-1

2 My Place(L) 122 Alvarado 8-6-4 Mott 4-1

3 Fleet Sixteen(L) 118 Ortiz, Jr 1-2-8 Sacco 12-1

4 Chocolat City(L) 122 Hernandz,Jr 6-2-4 Scherer 15-1

5 Shaunna Alexandra(L) 122 Prado 2-4-3 Klesaris 7-2

6 Violet Hour(L) 122 Velazquez 10-3-4 Pletcher 3-1

7 High Inflation(L) 117 Worrie 3-3-4 Persaud 20-1

8 Valerie Victoria(L) 118 Bridgmohan 2-5-1 Brown 12-1

9 Little Gabby Girl(L) 122 Ortiz 6-2-4 Schosberg 8-1

10 Ah Gaga(L) 117 Rice 2-4-8 Gyarmati 10-1

Shaunna Alexander is training sharply and can win from the stalker's seat. Ah Gaga may play out as the speed of the speed with aggressive ride. Violet Hour also is fleet-footed and could prove tough on an unchallenged lead.

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1 1/2 Miles. (Inner Turf). Allowance Optional Claiming. 3&up. Purse: $90,000.

1 Artic North(L) 120 Lezcano 4-8-5 Reynolds 5-2

2 Shetan(L) 122 Rosario 5-1-6 Motion 8-1

3 North Slope(L,MTO) 120 Ortiz 3-4-6 McLaughlin 6-5

1a Clearbrook(L) 117 Lezcano 3-3-1 Mott 5-2

4 Saffron Hall(L) 122 Castellano 1-6-5 Maker 3-1

5 Royal Blessing(L) 120 Ortiz, Jr 4-3-1 Albertrani 4-1

6 Grand Rapport(L) 120 Velasquez 1-1-3 Jacobson 6-1

7 Rapscallion(L) 122 Garcia 2-5-1 Motion 7-2

Royal Blessing endured tough trip in last and should be tighter in second start since seven-month layoff. Artic North displayed improved speed in last and packs potent late kick on best efforts. Grand Rapport owns a win and a second in two starts on Spa sod.

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6 1/2 Furlongs. Allowance Optional Claiming. 3&up. NY Bred. Purse: $78,000.

1 The Big Deluxe(L) 120 Saez 1-10-3 Toscano, Jr 4-1

2 Noble Cornerstone(L) 118 Ortiz 1-2-9 Morley 5-2

3 Jeter(L) 120 Velazquez 2-2-6 Jacobson 4-1

4 Indy Tune(L) 120 Velasquez 2-1-10 Jacobson 6-1

5 Leilani's Ticket(L) 120 Davis 7-4-3 Perillo 10-1

6 Horatio(L) 122 Maragh 1-3-6 Toner 7-2

7 Dan's Gold(L) 120 Lanerie 4-3-1 Gullo 12-1

Dan's Gold is rested and owns fast back figures. Indy Tune tallied a solid final fraction when a hard-charging second in last. The Big Deluxe was a clear-cut winner in last and has paired up victories in the past; dangerous.

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5 1/2 Furlongs. (Mellon Turf). Claiming $25,000. 3&up. Purse: $50,000.

1 Immortal Eyes(L,MTO) 122 Lanerie 5-6-2 Jacobson 5-2

2 Decisive Move(L) 120 Saez 5-7-2 Duggan 4-1

3 Tiz Yankee(L) 120 Garcia 13-5-6 Zito 15-1

4 Cast a Doubt(L,MTO) 122 Velazquez 3-5-4 Levine 7-2

5 Fourseventeen(L) 120 Franco 6-3-5 Rodriguez 8-1

6 Road Agent(L) 120 Velasquez 3-2-6 Englehart 8-1

7 Perfect Trippi(L) 120 Lanerie 5-7-6 Martin 30-1

8 Upward(L) 120 Lezcano 8-1-4 Servis 6-1

9 Animal Style(L) 122 Ortiz, Jr 2-11-6 Maker 2-1

10 Stormy Rocit(L) 120 Rosario 10-5-3 Weaver 7-2

11 Slamarama(L) 113 Worrie 6-9-10 Toscano, Jr 30-1

12 Tyrus(L) 120 Garcia 4-8-6 Breed, Jr 30-1

1a Italian Rules(L,MTO) 120 No Rider 3-6-3 Jacobson 5-2

Slamarama pressed swift fractions and paid the price last time and owns win and a second in two starts on Spa grass. Animal Style runs late and will be in the garden spot if pace meltdown ensues. Decisive Move owns fast back figs and is 2-for-3 on Saratoga sod.

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1 Mile & 1 Furlong. Allowance Optional Claiming. 3&up. Purse: $93,000.

1 Guilt Trip(L) 120 Leparoux 3-3-3 Catalano 3-1

2 Bad Hombre(L) 122 Rosario 1-3-8 Kimmel 4-1

3 Qualify(L) 124 McCarthy 1-1-1 Motion 5-2

4 Balance of Power(L) 122 Lanerie 2-2-3 Jacobson 5-1

5 Abraham(L) 122 Alvarado 1-3-1 Mott 4-1

1a Code West(L) 120 Leparoux 5-2-2 Catalano 3-1

6 Stephanoatsee(L) 120 Lezcano 4-5-8 Zito 12-1

Code West was pace and trip compromised in Mth stake last out; rates close call. Abraham tallied swift pace and final numbers when a front-end winner in last; very playable. Bad Hombre notched career-best number when winning last.

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1 Mile. (Inner Turf). Maiden Special Weight. 3&up. Fillies and Mares. Purse: $83,000.

1 Palestrina(L,MTO) 118 No Rider 2-6-2 McLaughlin 7-2

2 Shift Colors 118 Leparoux 2-5-x LoPresti 5-1

3 Hope Cross(L) 118 Castellano 2-2-x Brown 3-1

4 Sumba Sunset(L1) 118 Saez 2-2-4 Matz 7-2

5 Rapid Repair(L) 118 Rosario 2-2-4 Mott 5-1

6 Lelanda 118 Velasquez 9-3-5 Sheppard 20-1

7 On Cloud Nine(L1) 124 DeCarlo x-x-x Jerkens 20-1

8 Place Card(L) 118 McCarthy 3-6-3 Motion 10-1

9 Mobilize(L) 118 Velazquez 3-2-3 McGaughey III 6-1

10 Everything Matters(L) 124 Bravo 3-2-2 Correas, IV 8-1

11 Truly Mizzed(L) 118 Franco 4-3-5 Donk 15-1

Place Card was victimized by wide trip and soft splits in lone turf start and logged three tight works since third on main track last time. Hope Cross finished second in both starts; logical. Sumba Sunset (gets Lasix) and Rapid Repair (solid efforts in all three starts) are two more contenders in wide-open field.

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7 Furlongs. Starters Allowance. 3&up. Purse: $58,000.

1 Fightertown(L) 116 Rice 6-11-3 Capilupi 20-1

2 Writingonthewall(L) 121 Ortiz 8-1-6 Nevin 5-1

3 Readthebyline(L) 121 Velazquez 6-1-4 Brown 5-1

4 Noble Doss(L) 121 Ortiz, Jr 2-1-8 Zito 8-1

5 Pin and Win(L) 117 Maragh 3-4-4 Lostritto 30-1

6 M J Plus(L) 121 Lanerie 2-2-2 Jacobson 4-1

7 Finding Candy(L) 121 Castellano 3-1-3 Brown 8-1

8 Non Stop(L) 121 Lezcano 6-1-4 Cannizzo 10-1

9 Bug Juice(L) 124 Rosario 1-6-2 Klesaris 3-1

10 Regulus(L) 121 Saez 1-5-4 Contessa 10-1

Bug Juice notched rapid late pace figure when a clear-cut winner in last; more to come. Readthebyline is speedy and can prove to be a very tough customer on an unchallenged lead. Writingonthewall is fresh and owns fast numbers on 'A' game.

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1 Mile & 1 Furlong. The CURLIN. 3yo. Purse: $100,000.

1 Commanding Curve(L) 117 Bridgmohan 9-2-3 Stewart 5-2

2 Viva Majorca(L) 117 Leparoux 1-2-1 Wilkes 12-1

3 Protonico(L) 119 Castellano 1-6-1 Pletcher 4-1

4 Tiz'naz(L) 123 Carmouche 7-1-1 Servis 15-1

5 Charge Now(L) 119 Alvarado 7-1-1 Mott 10-1

6 Cousin Stephen(L) 119 Velazquez 1-6-3 Brown 5-1

7 V. E. Day(L) 119 Lezcano 1-1-2 Jerkens 20-1

8 Spot(L) 117 Ortiz 4-9-6 Zito 20-1

9 Joint Custody(L) 123 McCarthy 1-2-3 Robb 6-1

10 Life in Shambles(L) 119 Rosario 3-2-1 Clement 6-1

Joint Custody was a fast-figured winner in last and has a history of pairing up victories. Protonico was a pace-pressinmg winner in last and could play out as the main speed with aggressive ride. Commanding Curve could easily take this if fractions get fast and furious.

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1 Mile. (Inner Turf). Maiden Special Weight. 3&up. Fillies and Mares. Purse: $83,000.

1 Snowbell(L,MTO) 118 Lezcano 7-7-2 Albertrani 8-1

1a Upstaged(L1) 118 Lezcano x-x-x McLaughlin 8-1

2 Colorful(L1) 118 Rosario x-x-x Mott 6-1

3 Illapa(L) 118 Saez 7-3-5 Zito 20-1

4 Knotty Pine(L) 124 Velasquez 2-2-12 Sheppard 4-1

5 Jolene(L) 118 Ortiz, Jr 3-2-x Motion 7-2

6 Por Que Te Sueno(L1) 118 Bridgmohan x-x-x Guillot 20-1

7 Forensic(L) 118 Velazquez 3-3-3 McGaughey III 3-1

8 Giant's Jewel(L) 124 Rocco, Jr 2-6-3 Bush 8-1

9 Fresh Feline(L) 118 Maragh 8-x-x Shirreffs 12-1

10 Angel Choir(L) 118 Ortiz 2-5-4 Duggan 10-1

Illapa adds blinkers and should be favorably positioned in big field. Forensic tallied swift final fraction in last; very dangerous. Giant's Jewel set the pace when a game second in last; must consider. Upstaged is training with a purpose for debut; follow the money.

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