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Saratoga Hotlist - July 11

By Matt Shifman and Bob Ehalt

Hot List Key:
A preferred horse to watch                         B: Secondary horse to watch
*C: Went down 2 or more betting notches and finished 1st through 3rd
*D: Went down 2 or more betting notches and finished 4th or worse
* - 4 or more betting notches if 11-1 or more.

3rd race [NY, Md 20000, 6F] – (5) Dreaming of Carli won a stretch duel last race, got the lead, was beaten by a neck, and returns in two weeks. (10) Needed comes back from a January layoff and changes to the barn of Linda Rice. Two races back she ran the best race of her career when she was a close second in a large field of similar maiden claimers. (3) Neigh Jude was third and then second in her two starts of this year after she move into the claiming ranks. (7) Going for Glory traded spots with the number 3 horse in her only two starts of the year when she finished third and then second.

5th race [NY, Md Sp Wt, 6 F] – (1) New York Scrappy (A) took an awkward step at the break of his debut, had to steady, rallied from ninth to third, and blinkers go on. (3) Tomacon (A) was squeezed back and steadied at the start of his second race and moved from last to third. He returns from an April layoff as a new gelding. (7) Brown Eyed Cat will make his debut showing a pair of bullet works in his last two breezes for a trainer that wins at a high percentage with first-time starters. (8) Call Bob raced in an open-company maiden at Saratoga last month while in his prior start he was third against NY-breds after pressing the pace.

7th race [NY, OC 45k/N2X, 5 ½ F TURF] – (7) Marco T. won 2 out of his last 3 starts in a maiden special weight and a first-level allowance last month at Aqueduct. Between those two races he tried the Soaring Softly (G3). (6) Weekend Rags was a winner of a first-level allowance in his second start of the year with a career best speed figure. (3) Solib finished second in a similar spot in his first start after getting claimed. (2) Concerti won the first-level allowance in his first start of the year with a front end effort and most recently was over-matched in an open-company stakes race.

10th race [Schuylerville, 6F] – (5) Complexion (A) was an open-length winner of her debut at Aqueduct. This daughter of Complexity is a half-sister of Grade 1 winner Jack Christopher. (10) Viggiedal was a front-end winner of her first start by five lengths at Churchill Downs for Steve Asmussen. She is by Vekoma, the prolific first-year sire. (4) Slang was a maiden winner of her second start at Churchill making a big jump in speed figures. (3) Sherbini was also a winner in her first race with an off the pace victory also at Churchill.

Best bets: New York Scrappy (5th); Marco T. (7th). Best value: Dreaming of Carli (3rd); Complexion (10th).

last race
Today's RaceComments
(1)New York ScrappyA on 6/225Took an awkward step and steadied in his debut.
(3)TomaconA on 4/205Squeezed back and steadied at start and rallied for third.
(11)Just MusicC on 7/48Entered for Main Track Only.
(5)ComplexionA on 6/1410Open-length winner of debut, half-sister to Grade 1 winner.