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Steve Matthews’ Saratoga selections for Sunday, Sept. 4



FIRST: Don’t Point needed last and should be aided by longer trip. Instant Replay exits fast-figured placing in last; very dangerous. Skill Not Luck drops and returns to dirt; must consider.

SECOND: Dancer’s Edge is lightly raced and displayed improved speed in last; set for best. There Goes Ben logged five tight works for first start in 49 days; dangerous. Priest N the Rabbi was a late-running third in last and should be aided by added ground.

THIRD: Set to Music is rested and owns a win at the 12-furlong distance. Street Fashion lost a head bob when second at the marathon trip last time; very playable. Request makes peak start of form cycle; could easily take this.

FOURTH: Cape Lookout fired 5-furlong bullet since game third in debut. True Valor has raced wide in both starts; price will be tempting. Lenstar weakened in debut but should be tighter with race under belt.

FIFTH: Cause for Surprise is riding a forward line on the numbers and should be sitting on best in third start since six-month layoff. Manipulated logged fast figures in all three starts but has been sidelined for nearly a year; mixed message. Bluegrass Prevails is speedy and will prove very tough on a soft lead.

SIXTH: Jo’s Bold Cat was a solid second in debut; more to give. Summer Sweet was fourth when favored in debut; improvement expected. New York’s Finest moves to turf for Linda Rice; worth long look.

SEVENTH: Urban Bourbon ships in from Kentucky after dominant score in last at Ellis Park; ready for the big time. Peace Points runs late and could benefit from longer trip. Par owns a win and two seconds in last three starts; must be factored into the mix.

EIGHTH: Momentiempo compiled eye-catching work tab for debut; follow the money. Mint Condition is another newcomer that’s training with a purpose. Teresa Z has failed as the favorite in both starts but fired 5-furlong bullet drill on Monday; mixed message.

NINTH: Second City gets confident price hike after fast-figured second in last; call in ultra-contentious dash. Mewannarose also gets price boost after game placing in last. Iron Fist owns fast late-pace figures on “A” game.

TENTH: Sky Painter should pack amplified late wallop with cutback to shorter route. Darling Sky drops after showing newfound speed in last; price will be tempting. Coming Attraction notched one of her two career wins on Spa sod; worth long look. Off Limits could easily impact if fractions get fast and furious.

ELEVENTH: Dearest owns an advantageous stalker’s style and is firing bullets for high-percentage South Florida stable. Off the Tracks was dueled into defeat in hot-paced Test Stakes last time; dangerous. Kareena also was done in by scorching splits in Test; more than good enough on “A” game.

TWELFTH: Yes Its Factual was just a half-length behind a next-out winner when a hard-charging third in last; call in wide-open nightcap. Touch of Bling is training with a purpose for turf debut for Mike Maker; dangerous. True Pleasure is working sharply for first outing in nearly a year; must respect. Avendesora is speedy and rested; right in the thick of this. Fired Up Sensation easily could take this if pace gets hot and hectic.

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