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Steve Matthews’ Saratoga selections for Wednesday, Aug. 30

Best bet: MACHTREE (9)

Best value: SOUPER KNIGHT (3)

FIRST: Special Risk drops and returns to dirt; call in weak opener. Ouro Verde makes peak start of form cycle; dangerous. Communion Money owns competitive back numbers.

SECOND: Iron Power logged fast final fraction when a hard-charging third in last; more to give. Roman Approval is speedy and rested and could prove very tough on a soft lead. Altar Boy was a tough-trip seventh in last; don’t dismiss.

THIRD: Souper Knight compiled tight work tab for first start since 88-day absence; call based on price. Dunk a Din was a determined winner in last and now makes first start since claimed by Danny Gargan; very dangerous. Core Portfolio drops and is competitive on best efforts.

FOURTH: Everything’s Copa was a clear-cut second in last on Parx grass and owns a faster back number; more in tank. Transaction Tax owns sprinter’s speed and makes turf debut for Chad Brown; need more? More Than a Legend consistently logs solid numbers; must consider.

FIFTH: Monavista Crossing is fleet-footed and training sharply for top-shelf, Charles Town-based barn; primed and ready. Marnesia Big Girl returns to grass for Linda Rice after dominant maiden victory in last; very dangerous. Avery Maeve was an ultragame second in last; right in the thick of this.

SIXTH: Boule compiled eye-catching work slate for first dirt start; call in contentious maiden dash. Wise Strike has trained sharply since fast-figured second June 24; dangerous. Presumptuous has finished second in four of last five starts; lacks will to win?

SEVENTH: Palinodie was pace compromised when a close-up seventh making U.S. debut in LI Handicap at Big A last November; ready for return for potent layoff barn (Christophe Clement). Durable Goods made sustained rally to break maiden on Spa sod last month; big-time player. Barrel of Dreams was a determined, front-end winner in last; razor-sharp and very playable.

EIGHTH: Foreset is fleet-footed and training consistently for first start in nearly seven months; speed of speed with aggressive ride. Gray Sky runs late and could be the prime beneficiary if top selection hits the wall in the lane. Curious Cal is speedy and makes third start of form cycle; worth long look.

NINTH: Machtree tallied swift late-pace figure when a determined winner in debut; more to come. Trumpi made every pole a winning one when paying $45.40 in debut; worth long look at long price. Evaluator made an eye-catching last-to-first rally to win first start; don’t overlook.

10TH: Climb the Ladder was a clear-cut second behind an 8-length winner last time; three tight works in the interim seals the deal. Under Suspicion failed to get the job done when third as the favorite in debut; recoups losses today? Reyana Reya Dreams could improve at fat ticket with return to dirt. Salty Smile makes first start for Rudy Rodriguez; stay tuned to the tote.

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