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Steve Matthews’ Saratoga selections for Saturday, Sept. 3



Best Value: GENTRIFY (2)

FIRST: Rescue Cat drops, makes peak start of form cycle and could be sitting on breakthrough in tricky opener. Palladian Bridge gets the meds and moves to grass after front-end third in debut; dangerous. Sea Pebble could be in the garden spot if pace meltdown ensues.

SECOND: Gentrify return to dirt and projects as the speed of the speed with aggressive ride. Roll Tide Roll is on a roll, winning two straight; very dangerous. Money Changer should pack amplified kick with cutback to 7 furlongs.

THIRD: Panama Papers was pace and trip compromised last time; needs to escape AE list. Starstruck Kitten owns top-shelf turf breeding on both sides of pedigree; could be the goods. Frostmourne also has the bloodlines to relish sod; follow the money in field that’s jammed with newcomers.

FOURTH: Adulation made huge run when a game second in debut; more to come. South Sea has trained sharply since useful fourth in debut; forward move predicted. Tapwrit was bought for $1.2 million as a yearling; enough said.

FIFTH: Copingaway was a change-of-pace winner in last and is effective near the lead, as well; pairs up. Inspector Lynley packs a potent late kick on best efforts. Ray’s The Bar logged a clear-cut score the first time he touched Spa sod; very dangerous.

SIXTH: My Name Is Michael ships in for high-percentage Canada-based barn and owns fast final fractions on “A” game; ready for prime time. Slim Shadey tallied swift late-pace figure when a hard-charging second in last; very dangerous. Munjaz compiled tight work tab for first start since April; must consider.

SEVENTH: Pretty Boy Flash was an ultra-game second after rough start in last; needs scratches to get in. Borsa Vento sheds the blinkers after speed and fade in tough-trip debut; worth long look. You’re to Blame was a non-stressful fifth in debut on sloppy surface at Monmouth; improvement expected. Casses Sory finished second in last two starts; logical, short-priced player.

EIGHTH: Dreamsdocometrue logged three sharp works since solid third in last; price play in wide-open dash. New York Chrome has won last three starts by a combined 24 lengths; razor-sharp and very dangerous. Neolithic owns fast late-pace figures; right in the thick of this.

NINTH: Runway Doll lived up to tote support when demolishing seven rivals by 13 lengths in debut; call in ultra-contentious Spinaway. Sweet Loretta has displayed strong late kick while winning both starts; very dangerous. Cherry Lodge overcame front-end pressure to win debut as the favorite; right in the thick of this.

TENTH: Frosted has won the Whitney and Met Mile in last two starts; adds Woodward to resume. Bradester is riding a three-race winning streak; major player. Samraat is fresh and owns fast figures on best efforts.

ELEVENTH: Itsonlyactingdad notched career-best late-pace figure when winning Matchmaker at Monmouth last time; more to give. Photo Call is speedy and could prove very tough on a soft lead. Guapaza logged fast-numbered win in Waya Stakes last out; must be considered.

TWELFTH: Tale of the Nile has won three straight at Presque Isle Downs and is a nice fit at this level. Annals of Time was a determined winner in debut last November and is training sharply for return; very playable. Bibbo makes first start since claimed by Steve Asmussen; dangerous. Uno Emayo has won three in a row for Rudy Rodriguez; right in the thick of ultra-contentious nightcap.

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