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Steve Matthews’ Saratoga selections for Wednesday, Aug. 16

Best Bet: TARPON BAY ROAD (2); Best Value: NO TEXTING (8)

FIRST: Mutasaawy was a handy winner over the Parx fences last time; more to come. Any Given Royal was an even fourth in eight-horse field over Spa hurdles last out; dangerous. Meteoroid owns 10 seconds from 29 starts; get the picture?

SECOND: Tarpon Bay Road owns fast final fractions and should be aided by additional furlong. D’ambrosio is speedy and needed last; big-time, front-end threat. Powerful Ally was pace compromised when third over the track last out; dangerous.

THIRD: Holiday Star compiled solid work slate for first start in nearly two years; loves marathon distances. Muqtaser was a front-end winner over the course on Opening Day; very playable. Street Fashion is 1-for-1 on Spa sod; don’t ignore.

FOURTH: Lady Constance cuts back to 6 furlongs and should possess intensified staying power. Rainy Night is training with a purpose for first start in 30 months; dangerous if ready. Double Mane owns speed and should offer generous ticket; worth long look.

FIFTH: Lake Party notched tight work slate for move to grass; throw deep in NY-bred maiden turf puzzler. My Mr. Wonderful was a pole clear when a front-running second in debut on dirt; underlay material with surface switch. Nolinski hails from the streaking Jeremiah Englehart barn; follow the money.

SIXTH: Helooksthepart gets class relief and packs strong late wallop on “A” game; tight, recent work slate seals the deal. Saratoga Wildcat owns fast figures, loves the Spa and makes first start for Rudy Rodriguez; very dangerous. Morning Buzz was a clear-cut winner in first start on Saratoga soil; very interesting.

SEVENTH: Zoot Suit bested a next-out winner when a front-running victor in last at Monmouth; more to come. Uncle Youdge also owns speed and can prove very tough on a soft lead. Amelia’s Wild Rose gets class relief and makes third start of form cycle; worth long look.

EIGHTH: No Texting logged four tight works since pace and position compromised in last start; forward move predicted. Mobridge bested top selection by nearly three lengths when a determined winner on June 29; very dangerous. Crafty Concorde is fleet-footed and could capitalize on soft lead; very interesting.

NINTH: Sly Beauty was a hand-ridden winner on Woodbine turf on June 18 and has trained sharply in the interim; pairs up. March X Press unleashed last-to-first rally after poor start in debut; very playable. Buy Sell Hold is fleet-footed and is bred to handle switch to grass; must consider.

TENTH: Schott set sizzling splits and spit the bit in first start since seven-month absence last time; tighter today. Irst drops, returns to dirt and should pack amplified kick at 7 furlongs; very dangerous. Britain regressed in last after fast-figured third in previous start; rebound threat. Borsa Vento drops and owns fast back figures; must be factored into the mix.

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