Spa selections: Saratoga August 4

by | Aug 4, 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 Grade 2 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes!

Race 5 – OC 80000n3x

  1. #6 Night Prowler (4-1) Keeps jockey Irad Ortiz and drops from Grade III
  2. #5 Forge (3-1) From Juddmonte with trainer Mott who had best race of field last time out
  3. #8 Catapult (9-2)This Brown trainee isn’t as fast as morning line favorite Diversify, but has Graded tries and experience on the turf

Race 6 – OC 40000n2x

  1. #3 Barrel of Dreams (9-2) Two for three at Saratoga, but hasn’t turned in a solid race for Charlton Baker in a year
  2. #5 Tizzelle (7-2) Might need more pace to run into and has cold jockey and trainer combo, but showed strong explosion in stretch in last try
  3. #2 Iron Mizz (9-2)Probably wants shorter distance, but trainer Pletcher made good move switching her back to turf

Race 8 – Alw 85000n1x

  1. #7 Pocket Square (15-1) Solid last time out for trainer Dale Romans at distance and with same jockey
  2. #1 Silver Assault (20-1) Drops from three stakes tries with finishes in the money in all four races
  3. #9 Portfolio Manager (7-2) Brown trainee picked up three lengths in stretch last time out, but really is toss up between him and Divine Intervention

Race 9 – Grade II National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes

  1. #9 Secretary At War (8-1) Run down by Bricks and Mortar last time out, but could be alone on front with a chance to wire
  2. #1 Bricks and Mortar (5-2) Undefeated in three starts and impressive running down Secretary At War last month
  3. #4 Yoshida (7-2) Has shown ability to win from front or back, and had win at Pimlico on Preakness day where he came from 20 lengths back to win