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Steve Matthews’ Saratoga selections for Monday, July 25

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Best Bet: NIGHT OFFICER (8)

Best Value: SHE’S ALL READY (6)

FIRST: Girl Talk is firing bullets and owns fast figures; short price is the problem. Sea Cloud returns to dirt after showing improved speed in last; very interesting. Verve’s Tale has finished second in four of six starts; prefers minor awards?

SECOND: Boomerang Toy is training strongly for first start in nearly a year; controlling speed. Howie’s Tiz will be aided by cutback to 6 furlongs; very playable. Grey Glory drops and owns fast back figures; dangerous.

THIRD: Steve’s Image is 1-for-1 at Saratoga and is training swiftly for first start since May 29. Zoo Yorker makes first start since claimed by Danny Gargan; very dangerous. Patton Proud returns to dirt and could be in the garden spot if fractions get fast and furious.

FOURTH: Lady Joan tallied solid final fraction when a willing second in last; more to come. Summer Sweet finished four lengths behind “Joan” when favored in debut; must be considered if able to escape AE list. Jacqueline D moves to grass and is from a dam that’s thrown two turf winners; improvement expected.

FIFTH: Frosty Lady compiled tight work tab for first start in nine months; call based on price in wide-open maiden field. Weekend Hottie is 0-for-13 but owns solid numbers on best efforts; must consider. Flying K C failed to get the job done when favored last time; disappoints again?

SIXTH: She’s All Ready is speedy and training strongly for turf debut. Bella Kateri owns a win and a third in three starts on Spa sod; dangerous. Animal Appeal was a fast-figured, front-running winner in last; logical, short-priced player.

SEVENTH: Indycott is 1-for-1 on Saratoga grass and logged tight work tab for first start since claimed by David Jacobson. Watershed closes in sprints and could be aided by longer trip. Mills exits fast-figured placings in last two starts; right in the thick of this.

EIGHTH: Night Officer could be ideally positioned in the stalker’s seat in speed-laden field. Pool Winner is fleet-footed and riding a four-race winning streak; very playable. Spring to the Sky also springs from the gate and can hold razor-sharp current condition; don’t overlook.

NINTH: Porch Pounder projects as the speed of the speed in weak nightcap. Shoot From the Hip also is swift early and gets rider upgrade and favorable cutback in distance; big-time danger. Here and There runs late and would benefit if top pair hook on the lead. Wheres Willy should pack enhanced kick with turnback to 6 furlongs; must be factored into the mix.

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