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Steve Matthews’ Saratoga selections for Thursday, Sept. 1

Best Bet: MAKING HAVOC (8)

Best Value: LADY PARADIME (2)

FIRST: Cash Crop won on the flat at Suffolk Downs last time and owns victories over the jumps. Hardrock Eleven was a game second over Spa fences in last; very dangerous. Willow U owns speed and must be respected.

SECOND: Lady Paradime logged solid final fraction when a much-the-best winner at Finger Lakes last out; ready for prime time. Sweetrayofsunshine was a strong second in last; big-time player. Da Wildcat Girl owns a win and a second in two starts at Saratoga; worth long look.

THIRD: French Dressing displayed newfound speed in last; call based on price. Smile Big bested a next-out winner when second in last; dangerous. Warranty makes first start with maiden claiming tag but has failed as the favorite in four of five starts; you’ve been warned.

FOURTH: T R Crew projects as the controlling speed on the rail; half-mile bullet last week seals the deal. Tale of Mist runs late and looms the prime beneficiary if top selection hits the wall in the lane. Singleton was a solid second in last; must consider.

FIFTH: Villa Savoye gets class relief and could be sitting on breakthrough effort at fat ticket. Evidently logs fast late-pace figures on best races. Bishops Pond was an ultra-game second in most recent outing; right in the thick of this.

SIXTH: Bareeqa makes first start since claimed by Danny Gargan after finishing third to a repeat winner last out. Octacato is rested and would be aided by hot fractions; price will be tempting. That Warrior Girl is another that runs late and will offer fat ticket.

SEVENTH: Game Girl is riding a two-race winning streak and moves to grass for Linda Rice. Hudson River Gal packs potent stretch kick but owns six seconds in nine starts; mixed message. Indygita took backward step in last after game placing in previous start; rebound potential.

EIGHTH: Making Havoc was a game, front-end winner in last and owns faster back numbers; more to give. Callista is training sharply for first start since December; worth long look. Know It All Anna consistently tallies swift numbers but barn is mired in 0-for-33 slump; must take the good with the bad.

NINTH: Lady Joan has trained sharply since clear-cut maiden win in last; pairs up. Mo Promise was second to top selection after being victimized by poor start; could easily close the gap. Bahama Halo was a dominant winner on Belmont grass on June 22; right in the thick of this.

TENTH: Dab was a front-end third in debut; rates call if able to escape AE list. Haul Anchor, another AE, has finished second as the favorite in both starts; logical, short-priced player. Terry O Geri never impacted in debut on grass but is working sharply for move to dirt; improvement expected. Jupiter Rising debuts for Mike Hushion; could be the goods. Dance Graze complied swift work tab; follow the money.

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