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Steve Matthews’ Saratoga selections for Monday, Aug. 28

Best bet: SNAP DECISION (8)

Best value: ELOWEASEL (7)

FIRST: Mydadfloyd moves to grass after speed and fade in debut; duly tightened today. Space Key is training with a purpose for first start in more than a year; very interesting. Speightful Kitten logged career-best number on Spa sod last summer; very dangerous.

SECOND: Bahnahno was compromised by poor start in last; intensified late wallop with slight cutback in distance. Isotope also was done in by slow getaway in last; worth long look. North Eight Street was a front-running second in last; logical.

THIRD: No Hiding Place logged three tight works since trying turf last time; return to dirt is key. Rudy Rodriguez entry: Marriedtothemusic is speedy and rested and mate Story to Tell owns fast back figures; just one goes with Irad Ortiz listed on both. Scarly Charly makes first start since claimed by Charlie Baker; dangerous.

FOURTH: Bixby Lou moves to grass in first start since claimed by Linda Rice; bred for surface switch. Final Flurry owns three seconds and two thirds from seven starts; prefers minor awards? Rain in Spain owns fast back figures; don’t ignore.

FIFTH: Big Gemmy lost all chance after slamming side of gate at the start in well-bet debut; deserves another chance. Honor Up was an even fourth in first start; useful effort for forward move. Golden Seal compiled solid work slate for debut; stay tuned to the tote.

SIXTH: Sanavi returns to grass after strong maiden score in last; transfers razor-sharp form. Hot and Heavy is speedy and gets class relief; very dangerous. Bellows was pace and trip compromised in last; worth long look.

SEVENTH: Eloweasel gets blinkers, cuts back in distance and should be primed for forward move at fat ticket. Vigor was an impressive maiden winner in last; could certainly take another. Fire Key notched fast final figure when winning last; right in the thick of this.

EIGHTH: Snap Decision owns rapid late-pace figures and should pack amplified wallop at slightly shorter route. Blind Ambition has won three of last four and could play out as the controlling speed from the hedge; very playable. Adonis Creed logged two swift workouts since last start; must consider.

NINTH: Lady of Miracles made sustained rally when a clear-cut second in debut; more to come. Reyana Reya Dreams displayed improved speed in last and should be aided by cutback to sprint. Blue Atlas has delivered strong efforts in both starts; must be factored into mix if able to escape AE list. Imperfect Union, another outside body of race, could be sitting on rebound effort after regressing in last start. Unparalleled flashed brief early foot in debut and should have improved endurance with race under belt.

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