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Steve Matthews’ Saratoga selections for Saturday, July 30

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Best Bet: AUSSIE PRAYER (6)

Best Value: IT’S ALL RELEVANT (4)

FIRST: Impressive Edge failed to deliver when eighty cents on the dollar in debut; rates another chance. Ben of the Bridge was an even third in debut; must consider. Ventry Bay owns turf breeding on both sides of pedigree; stay tuned to the tote.

SECOND: Street Spice made middle move into hot pace last time and fired swift half-mile work last week; bounces back today. Sam Sparkle packs potent late kick on best efforts; dangerous. Fabulous Kid should possess amplified wallop with turn back to 7 furlongs.

THIRD: Ultron compiled tight work tab for debut; follow the money in juvenile crapshoot. Factor of War fetched $750k as a yearling; could be the goods. Reckling debuts for Steve Asmussen; must be factored into the mix.

FOURTH: It’s All Relevant regressed in last after fast-figured win in previous start; rebounds. King Kranz owns fast figures and is training with a purpose for first start in 85 days. Uncle Vinny would be aided by hot fractions.

FIFTH: Rediscover could capitalize on unchallenged lead in turf marathon. Deeply Undervalued has finished second in last two starts; continues trend? Sadler’s Joy is fresh and gets first-time Lasix; improvement predicted.

SIXTH: Aussie Prayer was a determined winner in last start and fired half-mile bullet on July 22; pairs up victories. Esther the Queen was a fast-figured fifth versus open company last out; very dangerous. Manhattan Special owns fast numbers and makes turf debut for Dave Donk; must consider.

SEVENTH: Twilight Eclipse was a “soft” winner in last and is favorably posted on the fence today; more to give. Flintshire was an impressive winner of Manhattan last time at Belmont and is 1-for-1 on Spa sod; could easily take another. Danish Dynaformer was a clear-cut winner of Grade III stakes at Woodbine last out; right in the thick of small, but competitive Bowling Green.

EIGHTH: Idiosyncratic owns fast late-pace figures and is training forwardly for Chad Brown; primed and ready. Harpoon displayed improved speed in last and should be aided by cutback to shorter route. Captain Moss has won two of last three and fired swift half-mile drill on July 21; big-time player.

NINTH: Delta Bluesman has won four in a row in wire-to-wire fashion and notched half-mile bullet last week; ready for prime time. Requite can win from the stalker’s seat and is training strongly for first start in eight weeks; very playable. Catalina Red could be the prime beneficiary if pace meltdown ensues.

TENTH: Destin did the dirty work up front when an ultra-game second in Belmont Stakes; rates narrow nod in Jim Dandy. Mohaymen has trained strongly since late-running fourth in Kentucky Derby; very dangerous. Governor Malibu was a tough-trip fourth in Belmont; right in the thick of this.

ELEVENTH: Newcomb is fresh, working with a purpose and projects as the main speed. Glory to Kitten has trained sharply since rallying for sixth in debut on Churchill turf; big-time threat. Smile Big has finished third in four of six starts; history repeats? Dean’s Ticket was a front-running second in last; must be factored into the mix.

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