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Steve Matthews’ Saratoga selections for Sunday, Aug. 7



Best Value: SKIPALUTE (8)

FIRST: Stormy Alexis was a game second in last and should have more to give in second start since 11-month absence. Tailoredforsuccess logged solid numbers in both starts; dangerous. Conquest Lucknlove is speedy but has failed as the favorite in five straight starts; you’ve been warned.

SECOND: Banner Bill plunges in price after faltering in last; takes this if all is well. No Contingency is speedy and could prove very tough on an unchallenged lead. You Know I Know returns to dirt and is more than good enough on “A” game.

THIRD: Spectacular Flash moves to turf after clear-cut win in last; 3-furlong bullet on Wednesday seals the deal. Magsamelia owns speed and fast numbers; dangerous. Pret Say Eye could impact if pace meltdown ensues.

FOURTH: Bag of Tricks owns stalker’s style and is favorably posted outside. Lady Luciano regressed in last after fast-figured win in previous start. Court Dancer owns speed and fast back figures; more than good enough on best.

FIFTH: Wild Chatter overcame slow pace to win last; more to come. Hudson River Gal was a fast-figured maiden winner in last; very playable. Degrees of Freedom is training with a purpose for first start since April; worth long look.

SIXTH: Amapola was dq’d after impressive debut victory at Gulfstream in May; rights the wrong. Go Glam was pressured into defeat when favored in debut; dangerous. Cherry Lodge makes first start for Todd Pletcher; need more?

SEVENTH: Coco Is Loco makes first start since gelded and packs potent late kick on best efforts. Archer Hill owns win on Spa sod and could play out as the main speed. Space Oddity is 1-for-1 on Saratoga grass; must be factored into the mix.

EIGHTH: Skipalute has worked three times since displaying improved speed in last; primed for breakthrough in turf debut. Mighty Souper owns fast late-pace figures and is training sharply for first start in 11 months. Dreaming as Always should pack amplified kick with cutback to shorter route.

NINTH: Island Town was an even third in first start since 10-month layoff last time; forward move predicted. Far From Over logged swift number when upping record to 3-for-3 last time; very dangerous. Touchofstarquality delivers strong efforts with machine-like consistency.

TENTH: Coasted ran late in debut and should be aided by move to grass and added ground. Awesome Boss also made belated rally in first start and longer trip could play strength. Joust logged tight work tab for first start for Christophe Clement; follow the money. Sugar and Te is from a dam that’s thrown two turf winners; stay tuned to the tote.

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