US Horse Racing Tips: Best bets from Saratoga on Friday

Barista Vixen Saratoga
Today's best bet Barista Vixen runs at Saratoga

Nick Shiambouros returns with two more selections from the outstanding Saratoga meeting...

"She has been working very well, and put in a bullet work over the track eight days ago"

Back Barista Vixen Race 6 at 6.86/1 in the 21:04 at Saratoga

Barista to serve it up

Race 6 21:04 Saratoga - Barista Vixen

I am going to take a chance with Barista Vixen in this Maiden Special Weight on the main track.

This filly caught the eye on debut when finishing second to Summer Fortune in a similar event at Belmont Park last October. She made up a lot of ground in the closing stages and was gaining on the winner close home. I thought this was a super effort and should have a lot more to offer. She has been working very well, and put in a bullet work over the track eight days ago. Trainer Bill Mott has had a quiet meeting so far, but his horses are finally beginning to fire. At present she is trading at 6.86/1 on the exchange and have backed her at that price.

Sweet Melania to win again

Race 9 22:46 Saratoga - Sweet Melania

Sweet Melania should go close in this fascinating Grade 3 on the turf.

This well related filly beat Highland Glory in the Grade 3 Wonder Again at Belmont Park in June. She made most of the running and held on well to score decisively. She has some outstanding form in the book including a third-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf last November.

The Todd Pletcher stable is having a super meeting boasting a 27% strike rate, and this likeable filly should add to his tally. I recommend backing her at her Morning Line price of 2.89/5.

I must mention the admirable Sugar Fix who has made the column plenty of money this year. She was claimed by Saffie Joseph after winning a $40k claimer last month. She will run her race but looks overmatched in this company.

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