Jeff Siegel's Best Bets for Saturday (8-7)

By Jeff Siegel  (Xpressbet analyst) 

August 5, 2021 11:01 PM

Saratoga - First Race:  Post:  1:05 ET 

2-Dripping Gold (9/2)

A $300,000 purchase at the OBS March Sale where he was very impressive previewing in 10 1/5 seconds, this highly promising youngster is by the noted turf sire Lemon Drop Kid and is a full-brother to Arlington Oaks-G2 winner Aurelia’s Belle.  A strong, scopey, long-striding colt, he’s been given a strong foundation of drills at Fair Hill and locally at Saratoga to be ready for a major effort first time out of the box.  Shug doesn’t often win with first-timers, but this colt may be the exception to the rule, so with one of the barn’s “go to” riders J. Lezcano taking the call, he's a good gamble in the win pool and in the various rolling exotics.  

Saratoga - Twelfth Race: Post: 6:19 ET

6-Risky Mischief (7/2)

Talented filly has been away since last November but she was a debut winner by more than seven lengths, so if nothing else we know she can fire fresh. The work tab is relatively brief, and the barn has below average stats with layoff runners but this daughter of Into Mischief is fast on figures and is a perfect one-for-one over the Saratoga turf course.  There's wagering value here at or near her morning line of 7/2.  

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