Spa selections 2018: Saratoga August 1

by | Jul 31, 2018 | Breaking, Handicapping

Pret Say Eye

Pret Say Eye was antsy early, strong late for trainer Lacey Gaudet (left) at Saratoga in 2016. 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, including all of the exciting stakes action!

Race 7 – Alw 77000n1x

1. #7 Appealing Briefs (8-1) – Finally broke through last time out with a win, and seems to be the most versatile in terms of running style here; a good trip by Franco will get him on the board

2. #8 Shiraz (6-1) – Another gelding with issues winning finishing second in his last four tries, still a safe play to be involved late

3. #2 New Jersey John (12-1) – Not quite the connections of Take It to Scale or the speed of Crossways, but take a shot with this gelding who has won twice in his last three with Lezcano

Race 8 – Shine Again Stakes

1. #4 Come Dancing (7-2) – Ran and won easily a week ago, so if she stays in this race she could have a similar result

2. #8 Your Love (2-1) – Has lost a few close races in her career, but should still be in the mix at the end; seven furlongs might be a tad far though

3. #7 Heavenly Score (3-1) – Could use Yorkiepoo Princess or Cairenn, but this filly has the hot jockey trainer combo and the only win at seven furlongs in this field

Race 9 – OC 40000n2x

1. #6 Uncle Youdge (7-2) – The best of the frontrunners and with back to back wins; a little bit cheap, but will win if he breaks well

2. #3 Callant (20-1) – Huge value and should be sitting right off of the leaders with a chance to make a move in the stretch

3. #4 Frisky Magician (2-1) – Coming out of two graded tries, give this gelding an edge over Whatstotalkabout because of better post; but both should be closing near the money late