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Spa selections 2019: Saratoga September 2

by | Sep 1, 2019 | Breaking, Handicapping | 0 comments

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 5 – Alw 50000s

1. #5 Labeq (5-1) – Has run well in his turf tries, and ran a strong second ahead of many of these in this field for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin

2. #11 Mo Gee (8-1) – Tough post hampers this gelding a bit, but still has some versatility to control this race or come from off the pace and has run well at Saratoga this meet

3. #7 Southern Brigade (10-1) – Whiskey is My Wine needs to come from too far off the pace, and Clyde’s Runner has good speed but cheap, so take this stalker at a nice number

Race 8 – OC 40000n2x

1. #7 Hay Field (5-2) – The best in this field, and should be well suited for this distance stretch, giving him more ground to close into the front runners

2. #10 Timely Tradition (6-1) – Should at least close into the money, but can get a nice trip from mid pack allowing her to take over late

3. #5 Miss Lilly B (6-1) – Can steal this race if she turns away New Girl in Town and Newport Breeze early, but the added distance will be tough for this Finger Lakes shipper

Race 9 – Grade II Bernard Baruch Handicap

1. #3 Qurbaan (7-2) – This six year old hasn’t won a race since winning this last year, but with some others likely trying to make up too much ground, take this horse off a layoff

2. #6 Sacred Life (5-2) – Probably the best of the Chad Brown entries, nearly running down Lucullan in the blistering Lure Stakes, and can win with some pace to run into

3. #1 March to the Arch (3-1) – Can play Dream Friend as a longshot who will try and steal this, but if this gelding is a bit more forward, he should have less ground to make up and can win

Race 10 – Grade I Hopeful Stakes

1. #3 Green Light Go (8-5) – With a nice stalking trip this winner of the Saratoga Special is the best here, and can handle getting involved in a hotter pace up front

2. #7 Basin (5-1) – This “third” Asmussen entry could be his best for this race and distance, as he draws Jose Ortiz and has been impressive in both starts

3. #5 By Your Side (6-1) – Gozilla may have trouble hanging onto the lead, and this winner of the Sanford might get overlooked, despite a graded win and spotless record