Spa selections: Saratoga August 2

by | Aug 2, 2017 | Breaking, Handicapping

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 $100,000 Shine Again Stakes.

Race 3 – Alw 50000s

  1. #6 Long Night (10-1) – Set blistering fractions last month at Belmont, so this first time gelding should have the front on a turf course that has lacked closing victories
  2. #4 Shamcat (9-2) – Loses Irad Ortiz, but seems to perform best on turf out of this group
  3. #8 Astounding (3-1) – Stretches in distance for trainer Jason Servis, but is well set up for possible closing run

Race 7 – OC 40000n2x

  1. #7 Nevisian Sky (9-2) – Jose Ortiz and Chad Brown jockey trainer combo is tough to beat with this four year old gelding
  2. #11 Startup Nation (7-2) – Other Brown entry has tougher post and will need to run better than Nevisian Sky, but has Javier Castellano and two wins at Saratoga at this distance
  3. #9 Spin Cycle (20-1) – Tough to decide last spot here, but this Kimmel trainee by Hard Spun can possibly steal depending on break at gate

Race 8 – Alw 85000n1x

  1. #4 Church Social (5-2) – Stretch in distance should work well for this four year old filly by Pulpit
  2. #5 Violet Blue (6-1) – Only one to win at distance and is dropping in class from a Grade I race at Belmont
  3. #7 Homeland Security (9-2) – Irad Ortiz has had success with this filly in two starts

Race 9 – Shine Again Stakes

  1. #7 Clipthecouponannie (5-1) – Has racing style best suited for this track and can edge Carina Mia if she isn’t in top form
  2. #3 Carina Mia (2-1) – Jockey and trainer switch should be fresh start for clear best filly who hasn’t won in over a year
  3. #9 Pawleys Express (12-1) – Need to be forward placed to have chance to win on this track, so this mare by Afleet Express gets the edge over Indulgent and Going for Broke