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Steve Matthews’ Saratoga selections for Thursday, Aug. 18

Best Bet: COURT DANCER (9)

Best Value: NIGHT OFFICER (8)

FIRST: Dream Man tallied swift final fraction when a game second in last; more to come. Dendrite is a front-running threat on best efforts. Artic North drops and makes peak start of form cycle; very interesting.

SECOND: Chubby Master gets class relief after even fifth in fast-figured dash; call based on price. Ghareeb logged three tight works for first start in seven weeks; worth long look. Shadow Rider regressed in last after swift-numbered score in previous start; bounce-back threat.

THIRD: Blenheim Palace tallied improved pace figure in last after solid final fraction in debut; rates close call. Chase Motto bested top selection by four lengths when second in last; could easily take this. Breaking Bread is training with a purpose for 3-year-old debut; don’t ignore.

FOURTH: Gridley Here was second to a runaway winner in first start since eight-month absence last time; more to give. Clifton Pleasure logged second win in a row when a clear-cut victor in first race of meet; very dangerous. Thirst for Glory makes third start of form cycle; must respect.

FIFTH: Very Fashionable makes first start for Mike Hushion; rates call in a field of predominantly newcomers. Sharp Lacey owns turf breeding on both sides of pedigree; charting a must. My Mission compiled sneaky-good work tab; follow the money.

SIXTH: Chatter Pattern notched three tight works since speed-and-fade effort in debut; tighter today. Ethan Hunt delivered strong efforts in both starts; logical. Mirai makes first start for Chad Brown; need more?

SEVENTH: Not Taken compiled eye-catching training slate for first start in three months; primed and ready. Malibu Stacey notched improved final fraction when a game second in last; big-time threat. Fifth and Madison has earned fast figures in both starts; right in the thick of this.

EIGHTH: Night Officer is training swiftly and packs potent late wallop; set for breakthrough effort. Spartiatis returns to grass after last-to-first win on dirt in most recent; dangerous. Angry Moon owns speed and fast numbers; more than good enough on “A” game.

NINTH: Court Dancer wheels back in a hurry after front-running score just 11 days ago; pairs up wins. Familyofroses also is a last-race winner and could be in the garden spot if top selection gets hooked on the lead. Hot City Girl is a big-time front-end threat on best races.

TENTH: Priest N the Rabbi is working strongly for first start in 10 months; close call in wide-open nightcap. Slapstick consistently delivers solid efforts; dangerous. Irish Hope is speedy and can prove very tough on an unchallenged lead. Catapult Jack fired 3-furlong bullet on Aug. 9; intriguing.


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