Spa selections 2018: Saratoga August 30

by | Aug 30, 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 8 – Alw 77000n1x

1. #12 Stonefactor (7-2) – Just a bit more speed than the others, and despite the tough post should still be up front with Lulu’s Pom Pom early

2. #1 Lulu’s Pom Pom (4-1) – Likely to finish in the money and can win this race with a repeat of her try two back

3. #5 Scorpion Bowl (8-1) – Take this filly over Wantagh Queen because she switches surfaces for trainer Linda Rice who has had good success with turf runners

Race 9 – P.G. Johnson Stakes

1. #10 Chocolate Kisses (7-2) – Irad Ortiz leaves to ride the likely favorite, but this Casse trainee is the only winner at the track and distance

2. #2 Road Tiger (10-1) – Ran strong in her last race out, and with a solid jockey trainer combo she is worth a play at this price

3. #4 Miss Technicality (4-1) – Filly by Gio Ponti is stretching in distance yet still might need to close which should be easier on a track that just got some rain

Race 10 – Mdn 75k

1. #2 Dark Ops (8-1) – Last seen running in a maiden against Audible, if this colt can come back strong, he deserves a chance at these odds

2. #1A Ready to Escape (4-1) – First time gelding gets Joel Rosario who has ridden well for this trainer and was solid last time out

3. #10 Bourbon N Rye (10-1) – Suas will likely be favorite, but has failed to win as one in his last two meaning this first time starter can get a play