Spa selections: Saratoga August 20

by | Aug 20, 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 Summer Colony Stakes!

Race 2 – Alw 85000n1x

  1. #8 Rapt (6-1) Cuts back in distance and has some solid tries at Saratoga for trainer Robert Ribaudo
  2. #9 Kantune (9-2) Ran solid last time out, picking up five lengths in the stretch run and seems to be in good form
  3. #7 Air Vice Marshall (2-1) Four-year-old colt by War Front will win with a repeat of last race’s performance

Race 7 – Alw 75000n1x

  1. #10 New York’s Finest (3-1) Two-for-two at Saratoga and at distance and with a jockey trainer combo that has won over half their races together this meet
  2. #1 Wicked Macho (2-1) Switch to turf saw huge improvement for colt from Casse barn, and should win this race with enough speed
  3. #7 Psychic Energy (8-1) Gelding by Freud has seen some improvement, but steps up in class

Race 9 – Summer Colony Stakes

  1. #2 Going for Broke (8-5) Obvious morning line favorite who had strong showing in Shine Again Stakes at the Spa a few weeks ago
  2. #3 Fuhriously Kissed (12-1) Likes to come from back of pack and might need more pace, but repeat of last race picking up eleven lengths should give her a great chance
  3. #1 Verve’s Tale (3-1) Neither this filly nor Rachel’s Temper are in their best form, but this Barclay Tagg trainee drops from Grade I