Thursday's Best Bet: Love and Love deserves respect at Saratoga

Thursday’s 9th race from Saratoga is a $103,000 entry level allowance event for fillies and mares traveling a mile and an eighth on the main track (Post Time 5:39 p.m. ET).

#6 LOVE AND LOVE (3-1) finished in the top three in seven of her last ten starts, and she won three of those races. She stalked and smartly scored in her lone local try at this distance in 2019. She is back around two turns in her second start after a layoff and should be forwardly placed.

#1a Played Hard (3-1) stretched out in distance, controlled the pace, and kicked away in her maiden victory at Churchill Downs June 20. Her winning rider Tyler Gaffalione stays put and she should be forwardly placed. 

#3 Ice Princess (8-5) is back on dirt in her second start after a layoff. The stakes-placed filly landed the place as the beaten favorite in a pair of entry level starts at Aqueduct earlier this year. 

#5 Portilla (6-1) rallied to win her dirt sprint debut by a nose under the Twin Spires April 30, and was an even 4th in an extended sprint second time out. She stretches out and should get pace to chase. 

#2 Longpants Required (8-1) graduated in a dirt route originally scheduled for turf at Keeneland last fall. She failed to seriously threaten in her three starts vs. winners and might be able to move forward in her second start of the year. 

#4 Iaintfraidanoghost (15-1) improved her speed ratings in all five starts. The early-pressing filly stretches out in her second start after a layoff, and she ran well in a pair of flat mile races at Aqueduct over the winter. 

#7 Subsidiary (12-1) set the pace and ran away in a starter allowance event at one mile May 15. She struggled in her last pair vs. this kind and looms an outside pace factor. 

#1 Stop Shoppin Tammy (3-1) has struggled in five starts since graduating in a dirt route at Fair Grounds February 2020. She made the early lead in her lone victory and might try to show speed from the inside post. 

Wagers: 

#6 to Win

Exacta Box 1-6

Trifecta 1-6/1-3-6/1-2-3-5-6

Recent Best Bet Winners

July 1 - MIGHTY HEART ($5.80), Exacta ($18.20), Trifecta ($59.30)
July 3 - Miles Ahead/Chance It Exacta ($39.60)
July 4 - SHE'SONTHEWARPATH ($6.80), Exacta ($10.80)
July 9 - Uyuni/Amiche/Tayet Trifecta ($976.80)
July 10 - OUR FLASH DRIVE ($4.70)
July 11 - Easy Time/Keep Grinding/Haddassah Trifecta ($432.50)

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