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Steve Matthews’ Saratoga selections for Monday, Aug. 15

Best bet: LOVE AND LEMONS (5)

Best value: LITTLE MARY ELLEN (9)

FIRST: Two Times Book projects as the main speed in turf debut; handicapping 101. Ross J Dawg will be in the catbird seat if top selection hits the wall in the lane. End Play should possess enhanced staying power at shorter trip.

SECOND: Thnxtomyuncle is riding a forward line on the numbers; call based on price. Boomerang Toy will prove very tough on a soft lead. Devilish Grin is firing bullets for first start in 10 months; dangerous.

THIRD: Christening adds blinkers and returns to maiden ranks; three tight works since last start seals the deal. Paz the Bourbon bested top selection by nearly a length when third in last; dangerous. Rare Rose is training with a purpose for debut; don’t ignore.

FOURTH: Street Spice drops two price levels after taking backward step in last start; rebounds. Dean Verdile is fleet-footed and makes third start since layoff; worth long look. Chasing Bullets also is speedy but has been sidelined since October; must take the good with the bad.

FIFTH: Love and Lemons was dueled into defeat in well-bet debut; softer flow today. Fly Swift was an even fifth in first start; forward move predicted. Beat the Benchmark makes first start for Chad Brown; need more?

SIXTH: Hidden Vow was victimized by slow splits when fourth last time; quick return (seven days) is key. Blue Pigeon is speedy and could prove very tough on a soft lead. Mobridge owns fast figures on best efforts. All Over Me makes peak outing of form cycle; don’t ignore.

SEVENTH: Harlan Punch makes first start since gelded and packs potent late kick on best. Pirellone is training strongly for first start since November; dangerous. Royal Asset could play out as the controlling speed with return to dirt. Delta Outlaw was a front-running third in last; right in the thick of small but contentious field.

EIGHTH: Bella Joy owns stalker’s style and could receive ideal setup in speed-laden field. Perfect Freud could play out as the swiftest of the swift with aggressive ride. Flipcup was eased in last but is more than good enough on “A” game; you make the call.

NINTH: Little Mary Ellen regressed in last after game placing in prior; rebounds at fat ticket. Time Squared makes first start with maiden-claiming tag; dangerous. Jennifer’s Legacy is improving and adds blinkers; very interesting. OK by Me displayed improved speed in last; don’t dismiss.


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