Spa selections 2018: Saratoga August 6

by | Aug 5, 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 2 – New York Stallion Series Stakes

1. #7 Collective Effort (5-2) – Much better on the turf than dirt and has some versatility as well showing the ability to close last race and win on the front end two back

2. #2 Therapist (3-5) – Five for seven lifetime and the clear best in this race, but look elsewhere for value and a running style better suited for this field

3. #1 Codrington (12-1) – Won at Saratoga and should be sitting off the leaders to make a move late; seems to be close to another win

Race 7 – Alw 90000n1x

1. #6 Osare (8-1) – Solid price for a filly who has only two starts but some good upside compared to the rest of the field

2. #5 Silver Shaker (5-2) – Seemingly always in the money, but has only won once in eight tries; Brown and Castellano are ready to breakthrough with this one however

3. #3 Palinodie (9-5) – Can’t be ignored just based on three graded races in a row, but has not won in two years

Race 8 – OC 40000n2x

1. #3 March X Press (6-1) – Both career wins have come at Saratoga, and if a few go out to the lead and set a decent pace, this filly should be able to close for trainer Todd Pletcher

2. #11 Noble Freud (9-2) – Coming off a long layoff, but this filly should be sitting nicely off the leaders and Irad Ortiz jumped off others to ride this Brown trainee

3. #6 Awsum Roar (6-1) – Has been bet to favorite every race but two, drops from an allowance and has won over this track and at this distance