Sunday Best Bet: Bourbon War can finish strong in Better Talk Now

August 24, 2019 10:22pm

Sunday’s eighth race from Saratoga is the $100,000 Better Talk Now Stakes for 3-year-olds traveling one mile on the inner turf course (Post Time 4:46 p.m. ET).  

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#3 BOURBON WAR (7-2) did not have much luck on the Derby trail after his runner-up finish in the Fountain of Youth (G2) March 2. Mark Hennig switches gears and tries grass, and his last three local moves were on turf. He has the pedigree to handle the surface switch, and he might run past this group. They actually tried to get him on turf in his career debut at Aqueduct last fall, but that race was transferred to dirt, and he upset the field at 17-1 odds.

#1 Front Run the Fed (2-1) exits back-to-back wins as the chalk, and will probably get hammered for Chad Brown after a 13-length romp at seven panels May 17.

#7 Bulletin (5-2) lost for the first time in four turf sprint stakes races in a $125k affair at Churchill Downs April 27. The front runner tries a route of ground for Todd Pletcher, and he will take them as far as he can.


#3 to win

Exacta 3/1-7

Exacta 1-7/3

Trifecta Key 3/1-7

August 2019 Best Bet Winners

Aug 7 - Mr. Buff/Dynamax Prime Exacta ($8.30)

Aug 14 - EQUAL MEASURE ($9.40)

Aug 16 - SIBERIAN IRIS ($16.20)

Aug 17 - Dunbar Road/Point of Honor Exacta ($7.90)

Aug 18 - PRINCE EARL ($21.60), Trifecta ($272.10)

Aug 19 - Hotshot Anna/Spring in the Wind Exacta ($12.40)

Aug 23 - City Man/Cleon Jones Exacta ($17.10)


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