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Saturday, August 12, 2000
Sunday picks

By Bill Finley
Special to ESPN.com

The Ballston Spa Breedersí Cup Handicap
8th Saratoga
Distance: 1 1/16th miles on the turf
Purse: $200,000
For: 3-year-olds & upward, fillies & mares
Grade III

The winner of this will have to be able to negotiate a soft course, something Hello Soso did in France, where she was stakes placed on yielding and soft going. She's made two starts since for Bobby Frankel and comes here in good form. In her last, she tried to close into a very slow pace and made the lead at the eighth-pole before tiring. She's got the class and ability to handle this assignment. Horatia is one of the more proven fillies in this field and should run well. She's been no worse than first or second and won the Grade III Matchmaker in her last start. License Fee will try to take this group wire to wire. She won a minor stakes at Philly Park in her last, leading throughout. Pico Teneriffe will be very dangerous if she wakes up, but seems to be off form.

Picks Summary: 1. Hello Soso 2. Horatia 3. License Fee


The Sorrento
8th Del Mar
Distance: 6 1/2 furlongs
Purse: $150,000
For: 2-year-old fillies
Grade II

This field came up weak with only one stakes winner among the group in Rachelís Viva. We'll go for her, a horse that might be a decent price. Though her speed figures put her behind some in this field, she won a $172,000 stakes at Lone Star in her last and is improving with every start. She should run better than she has in her first three starts and doesn't have much to beat. Fort Lauderdale is the one to be fear. Though she's only broken her maiden, she did so in a fast time and comes from the powerful Bob Baffert stable. Plus, she's thrown in a powerful five-furlong work since her last start. Sea Reel was second best in the Landaluce and probably need only run back to that race to get a piece of the purse here.

Picks Summary: 1. Rachel's Viva 2. Fort Lauderdale 3. Sea Reel


The Ellis Park Juvenile
9th Ellis Park
Distance: 7 furlongs
Purse: $100,000
For: 2-year-olds
Ungraded

Firststatedeposit finds himself in a very good situation here. After dueling for the lead through very fast fractions in the Middleground at Lone Star, he looks like the lone speed here. Expect jockey Jon Court to get to the front and never look back. Take Arms' last start is too bad to be true. Sent off at 1-2 in the Tyro at Monmouth as part of a Wayne Lukas entry, he lunged at the start and never seemed to recover. Good enough to run third behind the highly regarded Duality in his previous start, he's a strong contender here. One Special Judge beat some of these in an allowance in his previous start at high odds. That race might be a fluke, but, if not, he'll have to be dealt with here. We always have respect for Stan Hough-trained 2-year-olds in any spot.

Picks Summary:  1. Firststatedeposit  2. Take Arms  3. One Special Judge