08/21/2013 8:37AM

Saratoga: Pick 3 Key's, B's and C's for Thursday, August 22

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SARATOGA PICK 3 (RACES 3-5)

RACE 3

KEY's - 4

B's - 1, 3

C's - None

EASTER GIFT is going to be tough here, especially if he gets a contested pace here. He should be on all tickets if the race stays intact, but on lesser tickets I'll also include CSABA and PERCUSSION, who could rebound if able to get away cleanly this time.

RACE 4

KEY's - 3, 7

B's - 4

C's - 1, 2, 5, 6, 8

Using them all in one form or another but the keys seem to be POLECAT, who has the best works in the race and comes from the barn of Dominick Schettino, who is winning at a solid rate with firsters, and WHIRLIN, a gelding with a work tab that seems much better than usual for trainer Richard Schosberg.

RACE 5

KEY's - 4, 5

B's - 7

C's - 1, 2, 3


Approaching this one as if the speeds will have the edge, and NEVER ON TIME and NATIVE WAVE seem to have enough early zip to control the pace. Thus, they are the "A" plays.

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