Spa selections 2018: Saratoga August 9

by | Aug 8, 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 80000n3x

1. #7 Aquaphobia (5-2) – Will be extremely difficult for anyone on the front end to win, making this late closer a good choice

2. #2 Team Colors (5-1) – A little cheaper, but ran well two back in a win at this distance, and should be sitting mid pack waiting for others to collapse

3. #4 Ticonderoga (6-5) – The clear favorite who will win if running, but with the Lure Stakes moved to this weekend, it is likely this colt will scratch out

Race 7 – Alw 77000n1x

1. #5 Pink Twist (7-5) – Pretty much wins this one by default in a weak field that isn’t very accomplished

2. #2 Puffery (5-2) – Got a bit tied up in a hot pace last time out causing a fade in the stretch run, but softer fractions this time would give this filly a chance

3. #4 Pas de Deuce (9-2) – Would get a plus in the case of a sloppy track, otherwise is the best of the rest

Race 8 – New York Stallion Series Stakes

1. #3 Kreesie (3-1) – Jose Ortiz keeps the mount for trainer David Donk on this filly who should be able to close in the stretch

2. #2 Goodbye Brockley (5-2) – Ran second to Kreesie last time out, but with a better post and jockey Luis Saez back who won on her two back, this filly should be a prime contender

3. #6 Wegetsdamunnys (8-1) – Mentality might be a better play in the money, and Byself will have early speed but has no turf tries, so take a shot with this filly at a price