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Steve Matthews’ Saratoga selections for Saturday, Aug. 6


Best Bet: NEOLITHIC (4)

Best Value: LIGHTSTREAM (8)

FIRST: Giant Brownie made mild late run in debut; improvement predicted. Panama Papers bested top selection by more than a length when third in first start; very dangerous. The Great Samurai was a clear-cut second last time; right in the thick of this.

SECOND: Tyler U gets the meds after speed and fade in debut; tighter with one under belt. Practical Joke makes first start for Chad Brown; obviously could be the goods. Hieroglyphics debuts for Todd Pletcher; same kicker comment as Practical Joke.

THIRD: Stormin Stephen was compromised by slow start on speed-favoring course last time; forward move expected. Euros to Dollars is speedy and could prove very tough on a soft lead. Fearthefalcon exits solid second in last; right in the thick of this.

FOURTH: Neolithic logged fast late-pace figure when breaking maiden at Gulfstream in December and is training strongly for return. Summer Revolution visually and numerically impressed when winning debut by more than seven lengths; big-time player. Sir Alfred owns five seconds from six starts; prefers minor awards?

FIFTH: Tricked Up has trained sharply since two-move placing in debut; more to give. Barahona compiled solid work tab for first start since November; price will be tempting. Classy O’Prado cuts back to more manageable distance; worth long look.

SIXTH: Casses Story logged two solid works since second to a repeat winner in last. Fact Finding was bought for $523G this past April; follow the money. Curlout concluded work slate with best-of-95, half-mile drill; very interesting.

SEVENTH: Conquest Typhoon notched career-best final fraction when a tough-trip second in last; rates close call. Shining Copper is fleet-footed, firing bullets and starts from the fence; very dangerous. Ectot gets Lasix in U.S. debut for Pletcher; must be factored into the mix.

EIGHTH: Lightstream gets favorable cutback in distance and notched three swift works on Spa surface; call in contentious Test Stakes. Kareena tallied swift internal and final figures when winning last; very dangerous. Off the Tracks bested top selection by more than three lengths when winning Mother Goose last time; right in the thick of this.

NINTH: Real Smart tallied rapid late pace figure when a determined winner in last; pairs up. Al’s Gal logs swift numbers with machine-like consistency; big-time threat. Guapaza logged tenacious score last time at Belmont; never worse than third in four stateside starts.

TENTH: Noble Bird was done in by fast fractions in Met Mile but could capitalize on softer flow in Whitney today. Frosted took his game to another dimension when winning Met by 14 lengths last time; bounces today? Effinex was a determined winner of Suburban last out and could easily take this with repeat performance.

ELEVENTH: My Sweet Girl overcame slow splits when a game winner last out; call in ultra-contentious nightcap. Bitty Kitty was a strong second in last and owns fast back figures; worth long look. Zindaya owns sprinter’s speed and could prove very tough on an unchallenged lead. Cali Thirty Seven also is fleet-footed and will offer generous ticket. Roca Rojo has yet to taste defeat in three starts; must be considered.

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