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Steve Matthews’ Saratoga selections for Sunday, Aug. 28

Best Bet: NOT A CHANCE (5)

Best Value: SOBER ON SUNDAY (4)

FIRST: Draxhall Woods is riding a forward line on the numbers; ready for breakthrough. Monster Mash bested top selection by more than five lengths when winning last; very dangerous. Saratoga Wildcat was fifth in same last race as top two but is competitive on best efforts.

SECOND: Avery Maeve projects as the main speed in turf debut. Hawk Alley looms the prime beneficiary if “Maeve” hits the wall in the lane. Hundred Year Storm is fleet-footed and fresh; don’t ignore.

THIRD: Shayna Lady logged five tight works for first start in 54 days; all systems go. True Romance will prove very tough on an unchallenged lead. Always Thinking could impact if pace meltdown ensues.

FOURTH: Sober On Sunday fired eye-catching, half-mile bullet for return to dirt; call in contentious dash. Pawleys Express logged fast late-pace and final numbers when winning debut; very dangerous. Doinwhatshelikes should pack enhanced kick with cutback to 7 furlongs.

FIFTH: Not a Chance could be ideally positioned in stalker’s seat in field with ample speed. Rudy Rodriguez entry: Captain Gaughen packs potent late kick and mate Asset Inflation is quick from gate; complementary coupling. Heaven’s Runway is 1-for-1 on Spa sod; worth long look.

SIXTH: Danny’s Rush gets Lasix after even fifth in debut; improvement predicted. It’s Your Nickel is training sharply for switch to sod. Oiseau de Guerre debuts for Chad Brown; need more?

SEVENTH: In It for the Gold made incremental improvement on the numbers from first to second start; more to come. Beautiful Lady also is moving forward with each start; dangerous. Montrachet should improve with race under belt. Really is training swiftly for Chad Brown; really!

EIGHTH: Homespun Hero was pace and trip compromised when an even fourth in last; forward move expected. Great Stuff owns swift numbers on best efforts. Formal Summation was a change-of-pace second to a runaway winner in last; right in the thick of this.

NINTH: C d’Cat notched solid final fraction when winning last; pairs up. Swear by It should possess intensified wallop with cutback to shorter route. Sugar Mags runs late and would be aided by hot splits.

TENTH: Means Well turns back to sprint and should pack enhanced late punch. Animal Appeal exits a pair of impressive, front-running wins; very dangerous. Sanctifica was a clear-cut winner the first time she touched Spa sod; must consider.

ELEVENTH: Dream Dancing tallied solid final fraction when second to much-the-best winner in debut; needs to escape AE list. Enstone, another that needs scratches to draw in, fired half-mile bullet since game placing in last; dangerous. Sunday Gravy is improving, adds blinkers and returns to grass; very playable. Merger Arbitrage fired 5-furlong bullet on Saratoga grass; stay tuned to the tote.


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