Spa selections 2022: Saratoga picks July 29

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)!

Race 7 – Curlin Stakes

1. #7 Creative Minister (2-1) – Wasn’t close in the Belmont, but likely improves with the class drop and returns to a better distance and should be slightly better than the others at the moment

2. #8 Be Better (4-1) – Has gotten better in each start, and should be well suited for this nine furlong distance with a likely aggressive ride from Luis Saez

3. #9 Artorius (7-2) – Perhaps the most interesting of the group, this colt by Arrogate had a strong win last time breaking maiden, and should continue to improve with a good stalking trip

4. #2 Gilded Age (10-1) – This colt by Medaglia d’Oro made an impressive move to win last time out, but could be at a disadvantage here with less pace to close into

Race 9 – Alw 50000s

1. #5 On the Hill (9-2) – Tough group where most could logically win here, but this one has been one of the most consistent since a tough debut, always in the mix and good at the distance

2. #2 Vikram (12-1) – His win by seven last time is too good to overlook in this field, even against claimers, that race could be good enough to win here

3. #4 Quick to Blame (6-1) – Gets a class drop after finishing second by four against better, plus should improve with the distance cutback given his stalking running style

4. #9 Baltasar (5-2) – A notch above Life Changer and one that has improved significantly, plus broke his maiden at 90k and nearly won at this level last time

Race 10 – Alw 50000s

1. #6 Stella Mars (6-1) – Finished second twice in two tries at the Spa last year, and always seems to be close to winning, but may need to some pace to close into with Rosario here

2. #8 Radiant Gem (8-1) – This filly has done her best running at this distance, winning back to back races with John Velazquez and takes a slight step up in class here but is in good form

3. #5 More Mango (12-1) – Ran well last time out at this distance, and get Luis Saez in the irons plus this mare won at Saratoga two years ago

4. #10 Built Different (9-2) – Gets a slight edge over Mia At Midnight due to the class, a strong jockey trainer combo, and slightly better post, but will need to improve to have winning chances

  • Tiz the Law was much the best in the Travers Stakes at Saratoga. Photo by NYRA.
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