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Spa selections 2018: Saratoga August 5

by | Aug 4, 2018 | Breaking, Handicapping

Pret Say Eye

Pret Say Eye was antsy early, strong late for trainer Lacey Gaudet (left) at Saratoga in 2016. 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, including all of the exciting stakes action!

Race 5 – Grade III Troy Handicap

1. #2 Holding Gold (9-2) – Assuming the race stays on the turf, this five year old gelding should run well coming out of a Grade I try in which he was only a length behind the winner

2. #7 Sandy’z Slew (7-2) – Step up in class will be a challenge, but is the most likely to steal this race on the front end; seems to be in good form at eight years old winning three of last four

3. #3 Disco Partner (8-5) – Near Grade I Breeders Cup Turf Sprint winner is obviously the best here but isn’t improving and most likely won’t like the surface

Race 9 – Alw 90000n1x

1. #1A Gauguin (5-2) – Should sit easy on the lead with soft fractions, seems like everyone in this field comes from the middle to back of pack

2. #8 Captain Hardship (8-1) – Took a while to break his maiden, but Jose Ortiz sticks with the mount and this gelding seems to be well suited for this long distance

3. #2 Im the Captain Now (4-1) – The other captain should find his way into the money with a late charge, and gets the edge over Uncle Gio and Thunder Mesa with consistency

Race 10 – Alydar Stakes

1. #3 Timeline (7-5) – Assuming the track stays sloppy after yesterday’s rain, stay away from Outplay and go with the most likely front end winner

2. #4 Kurilov (3-1) – Turf to dirt Brown trainee is coming from a Grade I and has won at this distance on a muddy surface

3. #5 Patch (5-2) – Take a shot over Outplay for this closer who will need the other four to go at each other early and fade late

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