Timeform US SmartPlays: Saturday 25 August

Timeform pick out three bets in the US tonight
Timeform pick out three bets in the US tonight

Timeform pick out their three best bets from Saratoga on Saturday...

"...who ran a great race when second to Justify in the Belmont Stakes, and may even have gone to close to beating the Triple Crown winner with a better break"

Timeform on Gronkowski

Firenze Fire - H. Allen Jerkens Stakes, 7f Dirt (R6, 19:23 BST)

This race features an intriguing clash between Promises Fulfilled and Firenze Fire, both of whom have thrived since being dropped back down in trip. Although Firenze Fire must cope with a further drop from a mile to seven furlongs, such was the impression he created when winning the G3 Dwyer Stakes by nine lengths last time, he is taken to come out on top.

City of Light - Forego Stakes, 7f Dirt (R9, 21:12 BST)

The Forego is a major trial for the Breeders' Cup Sprint, but this year's renewal doesn't have a great amount of depth to it, and it's hard to look past the chances of City of Light and Limousine Liberal. The latter has a tricky post to overcome on the inside, and will probably need a bit of luck, while City of Light has a contrasting outside draw. Preference is for City of Light, who has enough speed to get a handy pitch, and is a very smart performer at this trip and further.

Gronkowski - Travers Stakes, 10f Dirt (R11, 22:44 BST)

An intriguing renewal of the Travers Stakes, in which Good Magic and Gronkowski form a strong team for Chad Brown, while Mendelssohn bids to bounce back after his reputation has taken a bit of a knock on his last two starts. Narrow preference is for Gronkowski, who ran a great race when second to Justify in the Belmont Stakes, and may even have gone to close to beating the Triple Crown winner with a better break. Chad Brown's charge did duffer a small setback after that race, but is said to be working better than ever since, and took to dirt with great aplomb at the first time of asking.

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