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Steve Matthews’ Saratoga selections for Friday, Aug. 19

Best Bet: CLEAR THE MINE (1)

Best Value: YOUNG ANNA LEE (7)

FIRST: Clear the Mine owns speed, gets Lasix and is training swiftly; all systems go. One More Round also is fleet-footed and should be aided by shorter trip. Homewood Field logged work tab that culminated with swift 5-furlong drill; could be the goods.

SECOND: Evolution took backward step in last after game victory in previous start; rebounds. Dettifoss made forward move on the numbers last time; price will be tempting. Tashreeh is a front-running threat on “A” game.

THIRD: Wellabled set fast fractions when a front-end winner in debut at Arlington Park; main speed once again. Freud’s Friend was a determined winner over the Spa turf in debut; big-time player. Iron Mane also won first start (on Indiana Grand grass) and must be factored into the mix.

FOURTH: Farhaan overcame wide trip when a clear-cut winner at this level last time; pairs up. Trend was more than four lengths behind top selection last time but could close the gap with benefit of rail. Wireless Future owns speed and makes first start since claimed by Ian Wilkes; must consider.

FIFTH: Transparent owns swift numbers and makes first start since claimed by David Jacobson. Mr Palmer consistently logs swift numbers; very dangerous. Muqtaser gets Lasix and has been gelded for dirt and U.S. debut; don’t ignore.

SIXTH: Elroi logged improved late-pace figure in last; call based on price in wide-open field. Approvethismessage is fresh and owns speed and fast figures; dangerous. Chipit exits sprints and moves to grass ; demand value on runner that has lost as the favorite in last two starts.

SEVENTH: Young Anna Lee notched improved final fraction when a front-end maiden winner in last; more to come. Ginned Up was a hard-charging winner on turf last out and is just as capable on dirt; very dangerous. Picco Uno was a pole clear for second last time; right in the thick of this.

EIGHTH: Lakeside Sunset is speedy and fired half-mile bullet last week; controlling front-runner. Aussie Prayer is riding a two-race winning streak and will be in the garden spot if top selection hits the wall in the lane. Sister Sophia owns fast final fractions and also would benefit if pace meltdown ensues.

NINTH: Final Chapter was a “soft” winner in last and logged three tight works in the interim; more to give. Copingaway is speedy and starts from fence on tight-turned turf course; dangerous. Chiltern Street was an ultra-game second in last; right in the thick of this.

TENTH: Libby’s Tail made sustained rally when a convincing winner in debut; swift 5-furlong work on Aug. 5 seals the deal. Olive Branch chased sizzling splits and weakened in opening day stakes last time; tighter today. Ever So Clever crushed eight rivals by more than seven lengths when winning first start at Churchill Downs; worth long look.

ELEVENTH: Pira wheels back in a hurry after moves to grass after speed and fade in off-the-turf race just nine days ago; improvement predicted. Flying K C should pack amplified late wallop with cutback to sprint; very playable. Melodramatic Miss switches to grass for Linda Rice after failing to impact in well-bet debut; very interesting. E Warfare, another that makes first turf start, has finished second in both outings; logical.

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