Spa selections 2021: Saratoga picks September 2

by | Sep 1, 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 4 – OC 100000n3x

1. #5 Three Technique (5-2) – Drops from the Grade I Vanderbilt, this colt is due for a winning effort returning to seven furlongs against this class

2. #2 American Power (2-1) – Sonneman has better back-class, but this horse should improve off the layoff and has some tactical speed here

3. #4 Aloha West (9-5) – This Maryland bred colt by Hard Spun comes off a bullet work and a win at Saratoga, plus keeps Rosario in the irons here

Race 9 – P. G. Johnson Stakes

1. #9 Mystic Eyes (4-1) – Has a chance to go wire to wire stretching out in distance, as this filly was impressive last time out winning her debut by over four lengths

2. #5 Silvery Rill (5-2) – Didn’t have any pace to close into first time out, but still nearly ran down the leader in the stretch, plus Rosario and Clement have been winning lately

3. #3 Expand the Map (8-5) – Can use Sail By in exotics and as a longshot play, but passing up on Chad Brown trainees on the turf is hard, even off a slow first race

Race 10 – MC 40000

1. #6 Babagram (7-2) – Finished second by a length last time out, this one showed improvement in his second start and can win with a forward trip like last time

2. #7 Sandor Clegane (6-1) – First time lasix runner goes back to turf after a subpar performance in the mud last time, and could show some speed here

3. #10 I’m Blaming You (6-1) – This three year old gelding by Blame adds blinkers after being bet to favorite last time but needs to improve 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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