Spa selections 2022: Saratoga picks July 24
In Spa Selections, Saratoga correspondent Joseph Aiello provides Saratoga picks for a handful of key races at Saratoga, including all of the exciting stakes action!
Follow along all meet with all the exciting action (and good betting opportunities)!
- Fasig-Tipton mixed sale set for TuesdayNearly 300 horses, including 94 in the horses of racing age supplement, are in the catalog to sell December 6 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic mixed sale.
Race 5 – Grade II Shuvee Stakes
1. #3 Malathaat (4-5) – Not many options in this four horse field, and even though this one just lost narrowly to Clairiere, this spot and distance suits her a tad better
2. #4 Clairiere (1-1) – The other who realistically can win, and has seemingly taken a step forward this year after a solid campaign last year, seems to be in good form to run well here
3. #2 Crazy Beautiful (8-1) – A notch below the top two, and with no show betting maybe one to include in multi-race bets if hoping for a bigger payoff
Race 8 – Clm 50000n3L
1. #4 Emerald Express (5-1) – Narrowly lost his last two against similar company, and should be good value with a stalking trip that works well in this field of closers
2. #7 Swiftsure (2-1) – Will be a short price purely off the class drop, but hasn’t been as effective as his first two tries, but still a likely contender here
3. #3 Kinetic Sky (9-5) – Another who benefits from a drop, but a long layoff for this Runhappy colt make others here seem a bit more logical
4. #5 Bold Victory (6-1) – Seems the best suited for this distance of the field, but might need to be a bit more forward than usual which is well suited for jockey Kendrick Carmouche
Race 9 – Alw 115000n1x
1. #1 Osiria (5-2) – A repeat of her last effort is probably good enough here, and with the top flight connections this seems like a good first choice
2. #4 Boxing Day (7-2) – Comes out of a stakes race where she ran a very close fifth, and certainly prefers these shorter distances to the longer races she tried last year
3. #3 Nota Bene (5-1) – Doesn’t win often because she tries to come from too far back, but gets Irad Ortiz here and can certainly be a strong closer in this group to at least hit the board
4. #2 A Little Faith (7-2) – This six year old mare has faded in her recent stretch runs, finishing second last time after a near two year layoff, but had some nice races here two summers ago
Race 10 – MC 75000
1. #7 Street Vendor (6-1) – Has lost narrowly in all four tries, plus drops into maiden claiming company after four in open maidens but might need some pace here
2. #6 Pivotal Mission (6-1) – This gelding once had promise for Graham Motion, and if he can rediscover early form, this first time lasix gelding is a threat here
3. #2 What a Dude (7-2) – First time starter for Chad Brown might be aggressive here by Hard Spun, and could take advantage of a lack of pace
4. #5 Good Medicine (8-1) – The other Pletcher trainee has raced at distances longer than this, but should see some improvement with the class relief of a drop to maiden claiming