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Steve Matthews’ Saratoga selections for Monday, Aug. 1


Best Bet: MISS KATIE MAE (8)

Best Value: JEREMY’S SONG (4)

FIRST: Bajan Cash was a solid second at 50 cents on the dollar in debut; gets another chance. Helluva Choice moves to dirt after displaying improved speed in last; very dangerous. Over Promised debuts for Mike Hushion; could be the goods.

SECOND: Overawe is speedy and logged four tight works for first start in eight weeks; primed and ready. Tencendur owns fast figures but has been on the bench for more than a year; must take the good with the bad. Brimstone fired half-mile bullet last week and is a front-end threat on “A” game.

THIRD: True Charm was done in by hot pace when a strong third in last; 5-furlong work last week seals the deal. Classy Chris was a game second at 80 cents on the dollar last out; logical, short-priced player once again. Lady’s First owns three seconds in six starts; be no surprise.

FOURTH: Jeremy’s Song broke maiden on 18th try last out and owns faster back figures; more to come. McMullen County could impact if fractions get fast and furious. Tyrrhenian was a determined, front-end maiden winner in last; don’t ignore. Luckybuck Syndrome’s speed must be respected.

FIFTH: Heavenly Sun fired half-mile bullet since pace-pressing fourth in last; breakthrough predicted. Dot Matrix bested top selection by a half-length after poor start in last; dangerous. Potentially was a much-improved second in last; developing and dangerous.

SIXTH: Cyclogenisis makes quick return and gets class relief after even fifth last week; call based on price potential. Life in Shambles is riding a two-race winning streak and could receive ideal setup in field with ample speed. Doctor J Dub wheels back in a hurry after speed and fade last week; worth long look at long price.

SEVENTH: Sauvignon took backward step in last start after hard-charging win in previous race; rebounds today. Eqho looms the prime beneficiary if pace meltdown ensues. Undertherain is speedy and will prove very tough on an uncontested lead.

EIGHTH: Miss Katie Mae has trained sharply since determined win in last at Woodbine; pairs up. Tizanillusion fired half-mile bullet since fast-figured second in last; big-time player. Ava’s Kitten should pack amplified late wallop with cutback to sprint.

NINTH: E Warfare was game, clear-cut second in debut; more to come. Dream On drops and returns to dirt after change-of-pace fourth in last; very dangerous. Barbie Stones compiled tight work tab for first start in nearly a year; very interesting. Show Giant notched two 5-furlong works for first start since May 18; right in the thick of this.

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