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Steve Matthews / July 31 at SARATOGA
2 1/16 Miles. (National Fences). The A.P. SMITHWICK MEMORIAL STEEPLECHASE (Grade I). 4&up. Purse: $100,000.
Post -- 12:25 p.m.
7Spy in the Sky(L)146Young6-7-12Day15-1
Pleasant Woodman projects as the speed of the speed. Divine Fortune can win from on or off the pace. Staying On packs a potent late kick on best efforts.
1 Mile & 1 Furlong. Maiden Special Weight. 3&up. Purse: $83,000.
4None Like Nolan(L)118Velazquez2-9-3Pletcher9-5
7Sea Raven(L)118Ortiz, Jr7-x-xHammond20-1
Aggrandizement owns speed and could get the early jump at playable price. None Like Nolan was a fast-figured second in last; logical. Rare Eagle would be aided by pace meltdown.
5 1/2 Furlongs. (Mellon Turf). Allowance Optional Claiming. 3&up. Fillies and Mares. NY Bred. Purse: $78,000.
3Discreet Force(L,MTO)120No Rider1-8-8Gullo4-1
4Image of Noon(L)122Franco6-1-2Ryerson6-1
1La Bella Valeria(L)120Velazquez3-6-6Englehart12-1
7Neck of the Moon(L)120Castellano6-3-2Brown3-1
8Hot Squeeze(L)118Ortiz, Jr1-5-8Weaver7-2
1aYour Time Is Up(L)124Ortiz3-2-5Violette, Jr12-1
Hot Squeeze set hot fractions when a front-running winner over the course last time; pairs up. Image of Noon could be in the garden spot if top selection hits the wall in the lane. Neck of the Moon owns two wins and a third in three starts on Spa sod; very dangerous.
1 Mile & 1 Furlong. Claiming $40,000. 3&up. Purse: $62,000.
3One King's Man(L)124Bridgmohan4-4-1Cox8-1
Crushing is firing bullets for first start in 45 days. Big Town could prove very tough on an unchallenged lead. One King's Man has valuable recent race over the track and should be aided by today's added ground.
5 1/2 Furlongs. (Mellon Turf). Maiden Claiming $40,000. 3&up. Fillies and Mares. Purse: $45,000.
2Good Catholic Girl(L)119Prado2-7-xMcPeek8-1
3Golden Maria(L)119DeCarlo4-9-10Turner, Jr20-1
5Stay in Front(L)119Arroyo3-x-xRodriguez5-2
7R Lovely Lindsey(L)119Rocco, Jr6-x-xGargan6-1
Golden Maria is fresh and could play out as the swiftest of the swift with aggressive ride. Rufus Ruth has finished second in last two starts; continues trend? Good Catholic Girl was a two-move second in debut; right in the thick of this. Lloyd Harbor is speedy and needed last; don't ignore.
5 Furlongs. Maiden Special Weight. 2yo. NY Bred. Purse: $73,000.
7Saratoga Heater(L1)118Hernandz,Jrx-x-xStall, Jr3-1
Persuasive Devil owns experience edge in field of newcomers. Scorecard Harry noticeably picked up the tempo in most recent workout; follow the money. Sheriff Taylor has been training with a purpose at Finger Lakes base; dangerous.
1 Mile & 1 Furlong. (Mellon Turf). Starters Allowance. 3&up. Purse: $58,000.
1Treasury Devil(L)121Ortiz, Jr1-6-2Rodriguez8-1
10Dan and Sheila(L)121Velazquez3-2-4Donk15-1
11For the Luv of Lil(L,MTO)121No Rider3-7-5Contessa8-1
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1aMoe Man(L)124No Rider1-2-3Rodriguez8-1
Manchurian High gets class relief and should pack enhanced late kick with cutback in distance. Grand Rapport was a fast-figured second in last; could easily take this. Treasury Devil notched clear-cut victory the first time he set foot on Spa sod; big-time player.
1 Mile. (Inner Turf). Allowance Optional Claiming. 3yo. Purse: $85,000.
4Mister Special(L)118Ortiz, Jr1-x-xMaker8-1
2bUpper East Side(L)122Albarado8-1-2Scherer15-1
11Lieutenant Seany O(L)118Velasquez4-2-2Jacobson30-1
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1aGiant Fox(L)118No Rider1-6-6Gyarmati20-1
Los Borrachos was victimized by soft flow and wide trip when a game second last time; more to come. Storm is riding a two-race winning streak; logical, short-priced threat. Upper East Side is a front-running threat on best efforts.
1 Mile & 1 Furlong. The EVAN SHIPMAN. 3&up. NY Bred. Purse: $100,000.
7Awesome Vision(L)118Ortiz, Jr2-6-4Albertrani4-1
Awesome Vision tallied swift final fraction when a strong second in last; rates close call. Big Business earned top pace and final figures when winning last; very dangerous. Fox Rules notched third straight win when getting the better of top selection last time; right in the thick of this.
1 Mile. (Inner Turf). Claiming $25,000. 3&up. Purse: $42,000.
5Out of Your Mind(L)122Bridgmohan3-7-9Sciacca20-1
10I'm Wide Awake(L)115Worrie5-5-4Ronen30-1
11Grandpa Len(L)122Ortiz, Jr3-4-5Donk5-1
14Life's a Roar(L)122Davis5-4-4Parker30-1
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15Brendan G(L)117Ortiz, Jr6-2-1Gullo8-1
Cincinnati Kid logged only career win on Spa turf and is riding a forward line on the numbers. Rack'em Earl has delivered strong efforts since moving to Mike Maker barn two starts back. Grandpa Len makes third outing since 15-month layoff; dangerous. Anmaat gets class relief after failing as the favorite in last; right in the thick of this.
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