Spa selections 2019: Saratoga August 1

by | Jul 31, 2019 | 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 7 – OC 40000n2x

1. #3 Broken Border (3-1) – Beat a few of the others in her last try, and this seven year old mare is in sound form with Manny Franco returning

2. #5 Blue Atlas (6-1) – May need a bit more pace to run into than is present, but adds Ricardo Santana and has been solid recently

3. #8 Maiden Beauty (12-1) – Lovely La La has the connections, but likely needs to control the lead with soft fractions, meaning take a flier on this first time turfer

Race 8 – OC 62500n2x

1. #1 Mighty Scarlett (8-5) – Part of the entry who has won in her only try at the Spa and is two for three at this distance

2. #5 My Sister Nat (6-5) – Brown trainee closed impressively in her first race in North America, and should continue to improve here as the likely favorite

3. #2 Call Me Kayla (8-1) – Ferdinanda always finishes second, and Red Curls is live but cheap, so take this filly by Quality Road who will try to take them all the way around

Race 9 – Birdstone Stakes

1. #8 Rocketry (9-5) – Not an ideal try last time out, but has won at this distance and is certainly ready to pass Marconi one of these times

2. #1 Marconi (8-5) – Has beaten Rocketry three times, including finishing ahead of him in the Grade II Suburban, but will need no pressure and soft fractions to hold on here

3. #6 King Zachary (8-1) – Third Day isn’t ready for this distance despite the class, and Turco Bravo is capable yet cheap, so look here for this Travers runner who should like the distance