Spa selections: Saratoga August 9

by | Aug 9, 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 including the Quick Call Stakes!

Race 2 – OC 40000n2x

  1. #4 Sunset Ridge (4-5) Had a 104 speed figure last race out with leading jockey and trainer for this meet
  2. #1 Silly Sister (3-1) Only other challenger to Sunset Ridge in five-horse field
  3. #3 Tiznow’s Smile (4-1) Moondance Joy is solid here too, but this filly has a little more class running in three straight stakes races

Race 7 – Alw 75000n1x

  1. #4 Cool as You Like (5-1) Distance is an issue for this filly who hasn’t gone further than six and a half, but suspect favorites and jockey-trainer combo that is two-for-two gives her top spot
  2. #1 About That Base (7-2) Switch back to dirt should help this filly return to her winning trips from last year
  3. #3 Three Eighty Eight (8-5) She usually finishes in the money, but never seems to be able to win

Race 8 – Alw 50000s

  1. #10 On My Toes (5-1) If he repeats last race for trainer Brad Cox, he should win off of pace
  2. #2 Silver Mangolia (8-1) Four-year-old filly by Kitten’s Joy is finally hitting her stride with 97 speed figure in last race win
  3. #1 Desert Duchess (7-2) Loses jockey Javier Castellano to City Section, but this filly is best of rest in a tough race that anyone could win

Race 9 – Quick Call Stakes

  1. #2 Mongo Nation (7-2) Mad dash to the front leaves this colt by Speightstown to close from off the pace
  2. #1 Blind Ambition (5-2) Simply can’t count out Castellano-Pletcher combo in feature races despite faster horses at distance like Expedited Vision and Indy Hill
  3. #4 The Money Monster (5-1) Real head-scratcher who has no turf experience and some awful races, but trainer Mott always has tricks up his sleeve