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Steve Matthews’ Saratoga selections for Wednesday, Aug. 31


Best Value: COMANDANTE (6)

FIRST: Perfect Union makes third start of form cycle. Top Striker lost a head bob at the wire last time. Special Skills should move forward in second start since nine-week absence.

SECOND: Vilma owns field’s fastest pace and final figures. Tb Salute should improve with race under belt. Musical Comedy compiled tight work tab for first start in eight months; must consider.

THIRD: Great Skellig returns to turf for Christophe Clement; improvement predicted. Stony Brook drops and moves to grass; very interesting. Junger owns fast figures but is 0-for-24; must take the good with the bad.

FOURTH: Marriage Fever was a winner on this surface and distance on Aug. 8; call based on price. Readthebyline could prove very tough on an unchallenged lead. Cousin Stephen takes huge price plunge; damaged goods?

FIFTH: Special Selection was compromised by slow start and wide trip last time; set for best in third start of form cycle. Alpha Slew owns speed and has won three of last four; dangerous. Conscience returns to turf after clear-cut victory in last; right in the thick of this. Don’t Be So Salty gets class relief; worth long look.

SIXTH: Comandate got his game back when besting cheaper field last time; pairs up wins. Pegasus Red packs potent late kick on best efforts. Uncharted Course drops and owns fast back figures.

SEVENTH: Circus Performer logged deceptively swift late-pace figure in last; return to claimers seals the deal. Dissident bested a next-out winner when second in last; big-time player. Araqeel owns solid final fractions on “A” game.

EIGHTH: Saratoga Smoke wilted at crunch time last out but should capitalize on softer front-end flow today. Ginned Up could be sitting in the garden spot if top selection hits the wall in the lane. Nea notched swift late-pace number when a dominant maiden winner in last at Suffolk Downs; worth long look at long price.

NINTH: Ardmore Bay is undefeated in two starts and is bred to handle today’s added ground. Keep Quiet was a fast-figured, front-end winner in last; very dangerous. Tell the Truth has trained sharply since clear-cut win in first grass start; right in the thick of this.

TENTH: Arella Rockstar debuts for potent first-out stable; call in wide-open nightcap. Jax makes first start since moving to Chad Brown barn; very dangerous. Woundwithhereyes never threatened in well-bet debut; improvement expected. Enticing Evening switches to dirt; wake-up potential.


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