Spa selections 2021: Saratoga picks September 1

by | Aug 31, 2021 | Breaking, Handicapping

Ginger N Rye

Ginger N Rye won the 2017 Smart N Fancy Stakes at Saratoga. Photo by Chelsea Durand/NYRA.

by Joseph Aiello

In Spa Selections, Saratoga on-site correspondent Joseph Aiello provides Saratoga picks for a handful of key races at Saratoga, including all of the exciting stakes action!

Race 8 – Alw 103000n1x

1. #6 Vindictive (9-5) – Ran against Miles D first time out who just finished third in the Travers, and then improved next time with a strong effort at this distance and a repeat wins here

2. #3 Runnin’ Ray (2-1) – A threat to go wire to wire, as this winner of two straight has fared well when being aggressive and taking the early lead which could be important here

3. #5 Business Model (6-1) – Didn’t run well last time out at this distance, but his last race off a layoff was impressive, and a similar trip puts him in the mix here

Race 9 – Grade III With Anticipation Stakes

1. #1 Limited Liability (7-5) – Not a lock at a short price, but gets a plus for winning first time at Saratoga and closing into a slow pace that time to take over easily in the stretch

2. #4 Portfolio Company (9-5) – Sat off a slow pace in his maiden for Chad Brown and hung on late, and despite that not being the most visually impressive, should get a good trip here

3. #5 Kavod (15-1) – Switches to the turf and removes blinkers after running against Wit in the grade III Sanford earlier this meet, so should improve here

Race 10 – Mdn 85k

1. #9 Vivazano (6-1) – This filly has run once on the turf and finished a close third so could be one to improve trying turf for a second time at a good price

2. #10 La Victoria (4-1) – This grey filly by Tapit switches to turf for the first time after a good effort going a mile and an eighth in the mud, plus keeps Rosario here

3. #1 Acushla (7-2) – Breaks from post ten as a part of an entry, this filly by Tiznow has a slightly better post than Lacy Thornhill and doesn’t need the front to win here


About The Author

Joseph Aiello

Joseph Aiello, III, a graduate of Colgate University, is a lifelong racing fan and frequent Saratoga visitor, where he avidly hones his handicapping skills.

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