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Today’s Hot Plays

Noel Michaels Noel’s Thursday Saratoga Cash Explosion
Get Ready For a Cash Explosion at The Spa On Thursday With Handicapper Noel Michaels’ Strong Plays, Which Include a Best Bet, a High-Probability Exacta Box, and a Live Longshot Play to Blow-Up the Tote Board at Saratoga!

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John Piesen John Piesen Thursday best bets
A much-the-best third and a pair of scratches spoiled John Piesen’s Wednesday at Saratoga, but JP looks to get back on track with a trio of double-digit plays on Thursday.

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John Conte Conte Thursday Saratoga Bankroll Builders
I’m John Conte and I’m heading into the final two weeks of the Saratoga Meet ON FIRE! Whether it getting the word from fellow owners on a held back runner ready to pop or a horse I’ve watched run into trouble and ready for the breaks…I’M ON THE INSIDE and I HAVE THE INFO.

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John Conte Conte 3 Week Summer Avalanche Of Cash
THERE IS STILL TIME TO GROW YOUR SUMMER PROFITS WITH MY THREE-WEEK TWO-TRACK BLITZ

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Hank Goldberg Hank Goldberg Saratoga Best Bets and Top Exotic
I pick my spots 3-4 times a day! Trainer specials. barn moves, Wake up horses! Play His Saratoga Best Bets Today and Score on these Winning Races

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Jerry Antonucci Jerry Antonucci Going For 3-For-3 at Del Mar
Mr. So-Cal Racing Is Wired Into Del Mar Knows Every Trainer And Barn Jerry Antonucci Finds 3 Good Things Every Day

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New York Turf Club NYTC Saratoga Three Money Moves
NYTC experts spend every waking minute covering every dynamic to MAKE CERTAIN THEIR CLIENTS NEVER VISIT THE FAMOUS SARATOGA “GRAVEYARD.” 3 moves are going to again today to surprise the public

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John Conte John Conte Saratoga Daily Best Bets and Exotics
JOHN CONTE SAYS…SARATOGA IS MY PERSONAL ATM! I’M A NATIONAL HANDICAPPER, BUT SARATOGA IS MY SPECIALTY, AND I’LL SHOW YOU TODAY WITH MY BEST RACES.

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National Race Masters Battle of the Handicappers

The rivalry is getting ugly, and the vibe is so bad, the cleaning lady just resigned. So, before the water cooler does a meltdown, we need help! Who’s the best handicapper of them all? Help us find out and get yourself a fantastic deal too!

WHO’S the best? YOU decide. Become a DOCUMENTER.
You not only render a verdict… You pocket some nifty profits!

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Jim Hurley Jim Hurley Big Money Day at Saratoga
Each day of the Saratoga meet, Jim will provide the information on the LONGSHOTS that are ready to rock the tote and put big money in the wallets of those who are smart enough or have enough information to back them at the windows

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Noel Michaels Build Travers Bankroll w/Noel’s Friday Fireworks
The Travers "Mid-Summer Derby" is Only a Day Away, and Noel Michaels is the Man With the Plan For Building Travers Bankroll With His Friday Fireworks Package at Saratoga. Noel Offers Three Best Bets on the Friday Card -- All Paying or Higher -- Plus an Exacta Box That Can Fund All of Your Travers Day Wagers.

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John Piesen John Piesen Friday best bets
Following a two-for-three Thursday (Cadeyan ($11.40) and On Leave ($5.80), John Piesen wheels right back with three solid Saratoga selections for Travers Eve.

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John Piesen John Piesen Travers Day Lucky 7
TRAVERS DAY LUCKY-7! 7 Graded Stakes Races with Value-Laden Full Fields and the,000,000 guaranteed All-Stakes Pick-4

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The National Race Masters

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Cashing In On Travers Day Stakes Races
TRAVERS, FOREGO AND KING'S BISHOP ARE STACKED, AND THAT MEANS STACKS OF BOXCAR PAYOFF POTENTIALCashing In On Travers Day Stakes Races

If you are a living breathing thoroughbred horse bettor then you are fully aware that not only does this Saturday's Grade I Travers Stakes feature the largest sized field (14 entered runners) in over 40 years but there is absolutely no link to foregone conclusion favorite.

That alone of the 7 Graded Stakes that comprise the BEST RACE DAY since the Belmont Stakes card on June 11th and until the Breeders' Cup the first Friday and Saturday in November at Santa…

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Travers Preview
LARGEST TRAVERS FIELD IN OVER 40 YEARS IS HANDICAPPER'S AND BETTOR'S DREAM THIS SATURDAY

If I were to hold a handicapper's seminar and needed a race from which to exhibit every running style, every trainer angles, every possible setup, I could not ask for a better work sheet than Saturday's Grade I Summer Derby. A.K.A. the Travers Stakes.

There is only one true purpose to handicapping any race and that is to find the best horses in the best combinations in order to make money!

In order to find the right horses in the right combination and make that money I have to…

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Place Betting

As you know, I occasionally post an answer to a question received from readers. I do this when I believe the question is general enough that it serves as a "lesson" most horse bettors should consider. I recently received one regarding PALCE BETTING.

Jim,I am not a favorite player, but over the years I have been beaten enough by the odds-on favorite that when I like a price-horse but fear the favorite I find myself betting place on my horse because it gives me a sense of security. However, if the favorite does win it often depresses the place price. Is…

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Saratoga Trip Nores Aug 19-21
NATIONAL RACE MASTERS SARATOGA TRIP NOTES

(Friday 8/19 - Sunday 8/21)

NOTE: As the final weeks of the meet approach a number of these horses will not race back at Saratoga. However, a large percentage of them will run at Belmont. You should also check the Monmouth entries as well as the likes of Delaware. We will mention in the TRIP NOTES below if we believe a horsed will be possible at multiple locations.

Friday, August 19(Turf Courses Firm - Main Track Fast Throughout)

HARLAN'S HARMONY - Juvenile son of Spring At Last out of an Unbridled's Song made it two-for-two when he won…

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Alabama and Fourstardave Previews
SONGBIRD LOOKS TO SING "PERFECT TEN" TUNE IN ALABAMAALL SORTS OF ANGLES IN REDRAWN FOURSTARDAVE HANDICAP

Last weekend one of my most anticipated plays of the season was canceled when a devastating storm arrived at the SPA after the completion of five races. However, it was announced on Monday that the Grade I Fourstardave would be run this Saturday and the best news of all came a few days later when ALL 9 TURF RUNNERS scheduled to run last week were re-entered.

That means what would have been last weekend will instead be this weekend as I'll be making my biggest play…

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Saratoga Trip Notes
NATIONAL RACE MASTERS SARATOGA TRIP NOTES

(Monday 8/15 - Thursday 8/18)Monday, August 15(Turf Courses Good - Main Track Fast Throughout)PAZ THE BOURBON - Juvenile MSW filly was four to five wide in early going, tucked in at the half mil pole then moved out 4 wide to commence a rally that fell a neck short. Breaks maiden in next.LOVE AND LEMONS - The juvenile MSW turf filly improved significantly from first to second straight in last. She broke sharply to press the pace in the 5½ furlong sprint moved to the lead inside the sixteenth pole but was late to change…

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The Toteboard Does Not Tip Live Juveniles
DON'T BELIEVE THE CARELESS TALKING HEADS...THE TOTEBOARD DOES NOT TIP LIVE JUVENILES, And Other Baby Bathwaters That Should Be Thrown Out

It is very likely that when it comes to wagering on Juvenile Maiden Races at Saratoga there is one adage that is repeated ad-nausea and statistically speaking could not be more in error.

This is an adage and conversation the public which pounds the macadam and the "sharps" that sit in the grandstand and clubhouse repeat endlessly.

"There is no way to bet juvenile maidens. The information does not exist. If you must wager on them, follow the tote board!"

There might be…

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Saratoga Trip Notes
NATIONAL RACE MASTERS SARATOGA TRIP NOTES

(Thursday 8/11 - Sunday 8/14)

Thursday, August 11(Turf Courses Firm - Main Track Fast Throughout)

VENTRY BAY - Wesley Ward juveniles are all trained to break out fast and this on broke dead last in MSW Turf sprint. He was a bit green early but swung 4 wide at the 3/16ths marker, willingly went between rivals in mid-stretch sided up to the winner and just lost. Breaks maiden in next.

MUNCHKIN MONEY - After a pair of bad trips in NYSB MSW Turf tests (while backed at the windows) Chad Brown gave this filly a few months off…

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Fourstardave Preview
HORSES FOR COURSES OR HOTTEST HORSES, ALL SORTS OF ANGLES IN FOURSTARDAVE HANDICAP

On Saturday I'll be making my biggest play on the Guaranteed $500,000 Pool LATE PICK 4 at Saratoga and the featured race in that 4 race sequence is the Grade I Fourstardave Handicap.

After many years as a Grade II Race the Fourstardave, which will be run a one mile over the Inner Turf Course, has finally been elevated to the Grade I status it deserves. Ten runners including Main Track Only entrant Weekend Hideaway drew post positions.

You have read me comment on races in the past where I…

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The Pick-3 is the Best Wager in Racing
TURNING THE ULTIMATE $3.00 SURE SHOT AND $12 WAGER INTO AN $87.00 PAYOFFJOHN CONTE SAYS: "THE PICK 3 IS STILL THE BEST WAGER IN HORSE RACING"

It didn't matter if you were on the local feed from NYRA, on MSG Plus, on TVG or on HRTV and many other live racing outlets, the consensus was the same...FROSTED WAS ALL BUT UNBEATABLE in the Grade I Whitney at Saratoga on Saturday!

Even competing trainers more or less conceded the race to FROSTED. Todd Pletcher, who had class riser COMFORT as one of the five opponents to FROSTED said he only hoped his runner…

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