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Steve Matthews’ Saratoga selections for Thursday, July 28



Best Value: KING OF SPADES (6)

FIRST: Comet Sixty Two logged three tight works since determined win last month; more to come. Bargaining Table makes peak start of form cycle after finishing second in last two outings; continues trend? Moon Medal was second to a much-the-best winner in last; dangerous.

SECOND: Risky Sour is 0-for-24 but should pack amplified kick in weak field; never find a better spot. Irish Hope is speedy and improving; price will be tempting. Leatherhead Lurie makes third start since six-month layoff; worth long look at long odds.

THIRD: Born for a Storm has trained with a purpose since late-running fifth in debut; forward move predicted. Only You will prove very tough on an unchallenged lead. Benevolence bested top selection by seven lengths when a solid second on June 4; could easily take this.

FOURTH: Gone Local tallied swift final fraction when winning last at Monmouth; ready for prime time. River Date was a fast-figured, front-running maiden winner in last; very playable. Flash Trading owns fast figures and is working sharply; right in the thick of this.

FIFTH: Giant Rocks was second to a dominant winner in last; call in wide-open juvenile dash. Follow the Signs also finished behind a runaway victor in last; must be considered if able to escape AE list. Desert Trial is firing bullets for debut; could be the goods.

SIXTH: King of Spades overcame slow fractions when a hard-charging winner in last at Churchill Downs; tight recent works seals the deal. Elusive Neko also has trained strongly since winning last on Churchill grass; dangerous. St. Louie is another last-race winner that must be factored into the mix.

SEVENTH: Mewannarose drops after speed tightener in last; improvement expected. Its All Relevant is speedy and gets favorable cutback to sprint; big-time player. Proven Commodity logged swift numbers in last three starts; must consider. Story to Tell ships in from SoCal for David Jacobson; more than good enough on “A” game.

EIGHTH: Morethanawarning was a last-to-first winner in last at Belmont and logged career-best number on Spa sod; pairs up. Summersault owns two wins from three starts on Saratoga turf; very dangerous. Guilty Twelve was a solid second in last at Delaware; nice fit with these.

NINTH: Drama King is 1-for-1 on Saratoga soil and should make forward move after late-running third at Belmont last month; close call in contentious John Morrissey. Notacatbutallama also won only main-track start at Spa and is training sharply for first outing in two months; dangerous. Crackerjack Jones was a top-figured winner in last at Finger Lakes; bounces today?

TENTH: Spun Copper arrives from Maryland after firing 5-furlong bullet at Laurel base; solid fit with the locals at this level. Papa’s Missile is speedy, rested and drops; very dangerous. Bold Print returns to dirt and owns fast figures on best efforts; big-time player. Ragazza Piu’ Bella delivered strong efforts in last two starts; right in the thick of this.

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