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Steve Matthews’ Saratoga selections for Friday, Sept. 2

Best Bet: BELLE ET BETE (5)

Best Value: YOU LIE (8)

FIRST: Silver Silence is circling back to fast-figured win three starts back; call based on price. Chickaletta bested top selection by more than eight lengths on Aug. 12; very dangerous. My Jimmy Chew Girl is competitive on best efforts.

SECOND: Weekend Hottie was compromised by wide trip in last after quick-numbered placing in previous start; rebounds. Rossezza returns from layoff for Linda Rice; very playable. Munchkin Money could impact if pace meltdown ensues.

THIRD: Snow Trouble logged improved late-pace figure in last and drops into a claimer; set for breakthrough. Matador wheels back in a hurry after sprint prep on Sunday; big-time player. Sly Tom was victimized by wide trip in last; don’t dismiss.

FOURTH: Celtic Scout returns to dirt, cuts back to sprint and fired swift half-mile drill on Sunday; call in weak maiden field. Longisland Express could be in the garden spot if fractions get hot and hectic. Blarney Stones was a top-figured second in last; logical, short-priced player.

FIFTH: Belle Et Bete notched swift late-pace figure when a clear-cut winner in last; more to come. Stroke Play gets class relief and moves to grass; worth long look. Electro Peg was fourth as the favorite in same last race as top selection; must consider.

SIXTH: Yorkiepoo Princess earned better-than-it-looks late-pace figure in debut; needs scratches to get in. Fly Swift also is on AE list and was an improved third in second lifetime start. Two Hot Betty is from a dam that has thrown three grass winners. Happy Motoring fired 3-furlong bullet on Spa sod; happy handicapping.

SEVENTH: Bella Joy regressed in last after hard-charging third in previous start; bounces back today. Wonder Gal is training swiftly for first start in 202 days; very dangerous. Splendid Gold needed last and owns fast figures on “A” game.

EIGHTH: You Lie owns fast pace figures and projects as the speed of the speed with aggressive ride. Sunrise Kitty could be the prime beneficiary if top selection hits the wall in the lane. Uncle Southern was a hand-ridden winner at this level in last; must be factored into the mix if able to escape AE list. Awesome Quick is fresh and has shown a history of delivering strong efforts off the bench.

NINTH: Royal Posse tallied rapid final fraction when a determined winner in last; Spa lover pairs up victories. Wake Up in Malibu is speedy and will prove very tough on an unchallenged lead. Crackerjack Jones bounced in last after dominant win two starts back; rebound threat.

TENTH: Bermuda Triangle adds blinkers and should capitalize on soft lead in big field. Kitten’s Dilemma is rested, dons blinkers and makes first start since gelded; improvement predicted. Archangel Rose, another that’s been gelded since last start, packs potent late kick on best efforts. Twenty Four Seven easily could impact if pace gets fast and furious.


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