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Steve Matthews’ Saratoga selections for Wednesday, Aug. 23

Best Bet: SEEKING THE SOUL (2); Best Value: UNFORSEEABLE (6)

FIRST: Bobabout gets the meds for stateside debut. Wigwam Baby was a game second over the course in last. Zio Elio also was second over the Spa fences in most recent.

SECOND: Seeking the Soul made sustained rally to win first start on Spa soil; pairs up. Flashy Jewel was a front-running winner in last and looms the main speed once again; very playable. Donegal Moon gets class relief, owns fast figures and starts from the fence; big-time threat.

THIRD: Majestic Dunhill was an even fourth as the favorite in last; experience edge in field of mostly newcomers. Mr. Cheerful debuts with tight work tab for Mark Casse; follow the money. Elusive Mischief, another first timer from Casse stable, is training swiftly; happy handicapping.

FOURTH: Pretty Enuff drops after earning improved internal figures in last; forward move predicted. Arewehavingfunyet endured rough trip in last; worth long look. Enduring Erin returns to dirt and gets class relief; right in the thick of this.

FIFTH: E J’s Legacy gets favorable cutback in distance and fired 3-furlong bullet last week; call based on price potential. Consumerconfidence logged first lifetime win on Spa sod on Aug. 10 and owns faster back figures; very dangerous. Northern could play out as the controlling speed in first grass start; worth long look.

SIXTH: Unforeseeable gets Lasix after making forward move on the numbers last time; more to come. Le Pin has worked sharply since second to repeat winner in last; big-time player. Oiseau de Guerre owns two seconds in two starts on Spa sod; logical, short-priced threat.

SEVENTH: Tiz Super is fleet-footed and could capitalize on soft lead in first start going long. Presumptuous was second in last and owns faster back numbers. Parade closes in sprints and could be aided by 9-furlong distance. Tapella was a fast-figured second in debut; regresses at short ticket today.

EIGHTH: St. Louie is quick from the gate, has the benefit of the rail and projects as the main speed. Renown is fresh and packs potent kick on “A” game. Red Rifle returns to grass after finishing second to a much-the-best winner in last; must consider.

NINTH: Yummy Bear is riding a two-race winning streak and should offer generous ticket in good betting race. Voodoo Song also has won two in a row but will offer much shorter price than top selection; your move. Zigarch has logged three tight workouts since determined score in last; don’t ignore.

TENTH: Fullback Foye is riding a forward line on the numbers and makes peak start of form cycle; primed for breakthrough. Circumnavigate is speedy, rested and pulls weight from the field; very interesting. I Miss My Father was a tough-trip sixth in debut; improvement expected. Money Laundering adds blinkers and returns to dirt; must be factored into the mix.

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