Spa selections 2018: Saratoga August 8

by | Aug 7, 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 6 – OC 40000n2x

1. #6 Held Accountable (10-1) – Shouid like the distance cut and be able to close into a group of early runners plus Saez has ridden this filly in every try

2. #2 Sandy Belle (5-1) – Surface change should help this filly by More Than Ready improve as she has won at the Spa and is three for seven at this distance

3. #5 Camorra (5-2) – Baby Boss has potential to be up front with Lady Bergen and this filly, but with inconsistent breaks, take Pletcher and Velazquez dropping from an Allowance

Race 7 – Alw 50000s

1. #7 Cape Angel (6-1) – Joe Sharp has been on a tear so far this meet, and this gelding who has won his last two on the turf should add to that

2. #9 Fuel the Bern (7-2) – Close losses in the last four, but clearly has the running style to beat this group for trainer Danny Gargan

3. #2 La Maquina Gris (6-1) – While Flyoff was impressive last time out and will likely be favored, this colt seems to have finally found his race and should close late

Race 8 – Alw 77000n1x

1. #5 New York Hero (7-2) – Seems to want the longer distance, but will need to be positioned a bit back to let the two favorites knock each other out in the early stages

2. #1 J J’s Dreaming (6-5) – Runs well off a layoff and should be in a good position with modest fractions, this gelding and Speke shouldn’t be bet at such cheap prices however

3. #2 Speke (8-5) – Capable of running up front, but has only won once with a slow pace so will need some breaks to repeat

Race 9 – Quick Call Stakes

1. #2 Majestic Dunhill (8-1) – Two wins at this distance this year, the most likely to close from mid pack into a hot pace and is coming off a stakes win

2. #10 Stolen Pistol (6-1) – Another candidate to close late along with Dirty; both aren’t good on a softer surface, but this gelding has some back class

3. #1 World of Trouble (3-1) – In a field with a few first time turfers, this colt who ran in two straight Grade II races has plenty of speed, but so do a few others