Spa selections 2019: Saratoga August 8

by | Aug 7, 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. #7 Special Story (12-1) – Will likely get bet down to a lower price, but should have pace to run into and despite losing Jose Lezcano, this gelding picks up Rosario and is in top form

2. #6 H Man (2-1) – Jose Lezcano seems to have a knack at getting the best out of this gelding, winning four of six tries with him although he finished behind Ready to Escape last time

3. #2 Binkster (7-2) – Has been consistent recently, including a near loss last time and should find this distance to be better than his others

Race 8 – Saratoga Dew Stakes

1. #6 Lucky Move (6-1) – Lower class, but at least has shown some movement recently, with a nice victory earlier this meet with Joel Rosario aboard

2. #2 Fetching (7-2) – Has the best races in this field, and this filly by Afleet Alex should win here if she takes to the dirt

3. #4 Turn and Bern (10-1) – Play Cartwheel on a sloppy track, but take a chance with this filly by Bernardini who should run well off the layoff and have a nice stalking trip

Race 9 – Alw 92000n1x

1. #3 Walkoff (12-1) – Getting a nice number with these connections is too good to ignore, but  despite no turf experience, questions with the rest of the field means he deserves a play

2. #5 Belgrano (10-1) – Could play King Cause to wire, or Mango M to close, but this gelding runs best off the layoff and won’t need as much pace as some others here

3. #9 Allured (9-2) – Like Walkoff, this first time turfer should improve, and despite the tough post he should be sent near the leaders by Irad Ortiz