Spa selections 2018: Saratoga September 3

by | Sep 2, 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 9 – Grade II Bernard Baruch Handicap

1. #4 Synchrony (3-1) – Finished seven straight graded races with four wins and in the money in each try, if anyone can pass Voodoo Song it’s this horse

2. #1 Voodoo Song (1-1) – Has been on an incredible run at the Spa over the past two years, winning all five tries; would be extremely impressive if he can wire the field a sixth time

3. #5 Inspector Lynley (4-1) – Comes in the money a lot much like Projected, but is in better form and showed a stronger closing kick in the Lure Stakes in early August

Race 10 – Grade I Hopeful Stakes

1. #1 Sombeyay (5-1) – Gets a nice price considering a win in the Grade III Sanford in July, and worth a play as a closer with a bevy of frontrunners

2. #3 Nitrous (7-2) – This grey colt by Tapit has been favorite in both efforts, and won easily last time over this track

3. #7 Mucho (8-5) – Don’t forget about Mind Control who finished second to Call Paul in his debut, but this colt by Blame was too good last time to ignore

Race 11 – MC 40000

1. #2 Lady Camille (5-1) – Likely to be up front due to distance stretch and bet to favorite last time and has run well in two turf tries

2. #5 Sardonyx (3-1) – Has been steadily improving and keeps Irad Ortiz Jr. who has ridden well for David Donk this year in limited efforts

3. #6 Low Is Laine (30-1) – End the season with a bang by taking a shot with this filly who will likely go off at even higher odds and saw huge improvement switching to the turf last time