Spa selections: Saratoga August 7

by | Aug 7, 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 three races!

Race 3 – OC 62500n2x

  1. #1 Private Client (9-2) Only one to win at distance and at Saratoga for trainer Thomas Proctor
  2. #5 Queen Blossom (2-1) Motion teams up with Jose Ortiz for most likely winner if race breaks down correctly
  3. #3 Grateful (7-2) Has been the strongest of the bunch this year, but distance may prove to be too much for this filly by Hard Spun

Race 7 – OC 62500n2x

  1. #5 Nonna Mela (7-2) Hasn’t run since October, but this filly impressed last year at the Spa in  Grade II Adirondack
  2. #4 Annie Rocks (8-5) Probably undeserving of morning line favorite status, but Jason Servis trainee seems to always win off a layoff
  3. #2 Tejana (5-2) Curlin filly wants more distance, but is more likely to finish strong than Improv

Race 8 – Alw 75000n1x

  1. #5 Bluegrass Jamboree (5-2) Two-for-three in career and has shown much more than others with fewer starts
  2. #8 Decorator Jen (5-1) Filly by Shackleford has been strong in past starts with jockey Jose Ortiz
  3. #7 Shimmering Moon (7-2) Whoever breaks first here between this four-year-old filly, Passporttovictory, and Grassaria has every chance to win