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Steve Matthews' Saratoga selections for Saturday, Sept. 1

Best Bet: DANCELAND (12); Best Value: TIZ MORNING (3)

FIRST: Signalman logged solid final fraction when second in debut; sharp work tab in the interim seals the deal. Fed Fever gets the meds and could improve after tough trip in debut. Lion Dance concluded training slate with 5-furlong bullet; could be the goods.

SECOND: Dancetrack should pack amplified kick with slight cutback in distance. Platinum Prince makes first start since claimed by Robertino Diodoro; dangerous. Natural Order should be aided by cutback to sprint; very interesting.

THIRD:  Tiz Morning notched swift late-pace figure in debut and logged two, tight works for return; call based on price. Brasstown is speedy and firing bullets for Jorge Navarro; serious wire-to-wire threat. Business Cycle has finished second at short odds in both starts; disappoints again?

FOURTH: Team Colors gets confident price hike in first start since claimed by Diodoro; set for best in third start of form cycle. Attribute is speedy and looms a big-time, front-end player. Night Prowler owns fast figures and hails from Chad Brown barn; can you say underlay?

FIFTH: Wooderson has trained strongly since fast-figured maiden score last out; pairs up. Mr. Dougie Fresh is fresh and owns swift numbers on best efforts; dangerous. Weather Wiz is quick from gate and could prove tough on a soft lead.

SIXTH: Winning Factor gets added ground and projects as the dominant speed. Southern Bridge made useful late run in debut and will be in the garden spot if top selection hits the wall in the stretch. Spirit Animal makes first grass start for Chad Brown; need we say more?

SEVENTH: Uno Mas Modelo tallied rapid final fraction when winning second straight last time; more to come. Chris and Dave drew off to impressive victory in first start on Spa soil; very dangerous. Phi Beta Express was an ultra-game second in last; regresses Saturday?

EIGHTH: Another has trained strongly since good-looking maiden win at Belmont in July; keeps on giving. Zap Daddy has worked two times since last start and cutback to mile plays to strength; very playable. Outback Bob needed last and owns faster back numbers; very interesting.

NINTH: March to the Arch bested two next-out winners when taking second in a row at Woodbine last out; price play. Raging Bull owns three wins and a second from four starts and hails from Brown barn; no chance for playable odds. Maraud was just a nose behind Raging Bull last time; be no surprise.

TENTH: Catherinethegreat was unfazed by sizzling splits when winning Schuylerville Stakes on Opening Day; controlling speed once again. Nonna Madeline was more than four lengths behind "Catherine" last time; same result on Saturday? Sippican Harbor demolished a maiden field by 17 lengths on Aug. 12; developing and dangerous.

ELEVENTH: Sunny Ridge notched career-best late-pace figure when winning overnight stakes at Belmont on July 6; ready for the big time. Tapwrit took backward step in Whitney last time; dangerous with rebound effort. Gunnevera was an easy winner in prep at Gulfstream last time and was game second on Spa loam in last year's Travers; worth long look.

TWELFTH: Danceland overcame soft flow when a determined winner in last; loves Spa sod. Summersault is rested and owns fast numbers on "A" efforts; dangerous at a price. Onthemoonagain was third to top selection after tough trip in U.S. debut; potential underlay. Santa Monica owns two wins from three stateside starts; must respect.


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