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Spa selections: Saratoga August 6

by | Aug 6, 2017 | Breaking, Handicapping | 0 comments

Pret Say Eye

Pret Say Eye was antsy early, strong late for trainer Lacey Gaudet (left) at Saratoga last year. Photo by Teresa Genaro.

by Joseph Aiello

In Spa Selections, Saratoga on-site correspondent Joseph Aiello provides picks for a handful of key races at Saratoga. Today, it’s four races, including the Alydar and Troy Stakes!

Race 3 – Alydar Stakes

  1. #6 Rally Cry (8-5) Velazquez and Pletcher combo has been on fire this meet with anything and everything and this should be no different
  2. #2 Red Rifle (4-1) Other Pletcher entry has been mostly a turf horse, but shows solid form on dirt when asked
  3. #3 Mo Tom (5-1) Tough choice here with Conquest Windycity who has been better as of late, but this colt by Uncle Mo doesn’t need perfect break to run a strong race

Race 8 – Alw 75000n1x

  1. #1 Storm Prophet (2-1) Really tough race here that anyone can win, but gelding by Tale of the Cat has best chance to run down others in stretch
  2. #11 Nutzforboltz (6-1) Turf has been right choice for this three year old who is finally hitting his stride
  3. #5 Yummy Bear (15-1) Seems to like distance more than others who want to go shorter than this

Race 9 – Alw 85000n1x

  1. #5 Stormy’s Song (4-1) Joel Rosario leaves others to ride this Lynch trainee who won by seven lengths first time out
  2. #2 Bow Town Cat (20-1) Switching turf to dirt has helped this filly in past who recently ran a 46 second four-furlong bullet on the Saratoga training track
  3. #4 Royal Inheritance (5-2) Three-for-four in career and just a little faster than Tasteful who came from 11 lengths back last time out to win

Race 10 – Troy Handicap

  1. #6 Holding Gold (9-2) Two-for-two coming off of layoffs and won a stakes race at Saratoga last year at this distance
  2. #3 Pure Sensation (9-5) Fastest in field, needs lead and soft fractions to go wire-to-wire
  3. #4 Green Mask (8-5) Has been really sound lately, and will run others down in stretch if half is run under 45

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