Spa selections 2019: Saratoga August 2

by | Aug 1, 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 6 – Clm 35000n3L

1. #4 Herecomesyourman (3-1) – Certainly has some winning issues, but gets a nice class drop and is always in the mix

2. #7 The Green Mo’ster (8-5) – His try two back will win this race, and should run better off the layoff as he did last year

3. #5 Bemma’s Boy (6-1) – Soulmate got a perfect trip and slow fractions last time, so this gelding by Into Mischief should be able to close with a little more pace

Race 7 – Grade II National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes

1. #5 Casa Creed (3-1) – Was still closing in the stretch against Win Win Win in an extremely fast race, and will be tough to beat even if Award Winner controls the race

2. #4 Award Winner (7-2) – Gets Jose Ortiz, should like the distance cut back, and should control the front end early with a chance to steal

3. #3 English Bee (9-2) – Can’t ignore Global Access, but this colt should revert to form after a tough Grade I try and returns to his ideal distance

Race 8 – Alydar Stakes

1. #8 Candygram (9-2) – Keeps Junior Alvarado and should be able to sit off of American Tattoo and come home in the stretch

2. #6 Carlino (8-1) – Plenty in this field are suited for other distances, including this gelding, but he and You’re to Blame will close if the pace gets too hot

3. #2 Tom’s d’Etat (7-5) – Clear class of this race and likely favorite who finished four lengths off of McKinzie two back and has won both tries at Saratoga 

Race 9 – Saratoga Oaks Invitational Stakes

1. #5 Concrete Rose (2-5) – Too many questions surrounding the others here, and will win if Julien Leparoux times her move correctly

2. #6 Her Royal Highness (15-1) – Only filly here who has shown the most potential to upset Concrete Rose since she will like the distance and has shown some impressive stretch runs

3. #1 Olendon (6-1) – Has a more experienced jockey at Saratoga than happen, gets first time lasix, and picks up trainer Chad Brown who should help her improve