Spa selections: Saratoga August 13

by | Aug 13, 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 Grade 2 Saratoga Special!

Race 6 – OC 25000n1x

  1. #1 Rockin Alli (5-2) While this mare is zero-for-four at Saratoga, she has the best jockey and best winning clip in this race
  2. #6 Swayed (3-1) Only one in field to win at distance for trainer and owner George Weaver
  3. #5 Victorias Fire (7-2) Lone speed in race on a track that’s been soft and favoring speed, but no turf tries

Race 7 – OC 62500n2x

  1. #1 Galileo’s Song (2-1) Brown trainee drops from grade II and picks up Javier Castellano in the irons
  2. #7 Spiga (5-1) Has had a few solid races at a mile since coming from overseas
  3. #3 Earring (3-1) Runs in back-to-back grade III races should help this Thomas Proctor trainee improve

Race 8 – Grade II Saratoga Special Stakes

  1. #8 Diamond Oops (7-2) Stretch in distance might be issue, but this colt deserves to be favorite
  2. #4 Barry Lee (4-1) Jose Ortiz gets nod over brother Irad on Copper Bullet due to impressive victory first time out at Laurel
  3. #1 Bal Harbor (12-1) Vino or Copper Bullet have shown more, but this duo never seems to lose