08/08/2013 11:00AM

Saratoga: Pick 3 Keys, B's and C's for Friday, August 9

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SARATOGA PICK 3 (RACES 8-10)

Race 8

Key's - Balance the Books

B's - North Slope

C's - None

Wouldn't do much spreading here with only five betting interests; I'll either be right that BALANCE THE BOOKS is going to turn out to be better than these horses, or I'll likely be out of the Pick 3 early.  NORTH SLOPE is an interesting alternative, and may also be an acceptable price, so he's the backup in lieu of the two favorites. 

Race 9

Key's - Flashy American, Lady Cohiba, Sea Island

B's - None

C's - None

FLASHY AMERICAN is the horse to beat and I have no knocks on her, but will try to lock up the race by including her main competition SEA ISLAND and LADY COHIBA.

Race 10

Key's - El Season, Sam's Buck

B's - Barzini, Cytherean

C's - Verne, In My Eyes

Will take more coverage in the last leg, while keying on the interesting Sheppard shipper EL SEASON, and SAM'S BUCK who faced a much tougher field of $20k claimers here last week.

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