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Steve Matthews’ Saratoga selections for Saturday, Aug. 13

Best bet: GRAND ARCH (10)

Best value: DR LUBER’S KISS (1)

FIRST: Dr Luber’s Kiss made middle move and flattened last time; call based on price. Frosti Agosti could prove very tough on an unchallenged lead. Call Me Stoney consistently delivers strong efforts.

SECOND: Our Stormin Norman was a tough-trip fifth last out; needs scratches to get in. Harlan’s Hunch looms the dominant front-runner. Good Samaritan compiled solid work tab.

THIRD: Everybodyluvsrudy has trained sharply since fast-closing second in debut; more to give. Leviathan fired 5-furlong bullet in final work; could be the goods. Royal Copy was a clear-cut second in valuable race over the track; dangerous.

FOURTH: Lure of the South was compromised by soft splits last time; price play in wide-open field. Erik the Red exits sprints and should be favorably positioned in turf debut. Golden Rivet is a front-end threat on best efforts.

FIFTH: Baseline gets Lasix after speed and fade in debut; improvement predicted. Road to the Roses is training swiftly for first start; follow the money. Adulation is another newcomer with sharp training tab; happy hunting.

SIXTH: Final Chapter exits “soft” win in last and should have more to give at fat ticket. Coalport owns speed and fast final figures; very dangerous. Captain Gaughen owns a win on Spa sod. Copingaway holds sharp current form and should offer generous price; very playable.

SEVENTH: Not Taken is training with a purpose for first start since May; primed and ready. Malibu Stacy was a hard-charging second in last and should have more in tank in third start since six-month layoff. Fifth and Madison has delivered strong efforts in both starts; dangerous.

EIGHTH: Ocala Jim was victimized by soft flow when a game second in last; more to come. Powerful Instinct bested top selection by a neck when winning July 14; no listed works in the interim is the concern. Converge drops after facing graded stakes fields in last five starts; right in the thick of this.

NINTH: Olive Branch chased hot fractions and weakened in opening day stakes last time; rates close call. Libby’s Tail was a last-to-first winner in debut; big-time player. Ever So Clever crushed eight rivals by more than seven lengths when winning first start at Churchill; could easily take this.

10TH: Grand Arch owns a win and a second in two starts on Saratoga grass; 6-furlong bullet work Aug. 4 seals the deal. Blacktype is riding a two-race winning streak; very dangerous. A Lot hails from Chad Brown barn and packs potent late kick on best efforts. King Kreesa got his game back when a front-running winner in last at Belmont; worth long look.

11TH: Priest N the Rabbi compiled tight work tab for first start since October; ready to roll. Peculiar Sensation could play out as the controlling speed in turf debut. Slapstick owns fast final fractions on “A” efforts. Irish Hope’s speed must be respected.


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