Spa selections 2022: Saratoga picks August 11
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)!
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Race 8 – Alw 50000s
1. #1 Echo Foxtrot (7-2) – Comes out of cheaper races but won convincingly in both tries which is better than most others can say here
2. #2 H. T. Xena (9-2) – The last two efforts leave some to be desired, but this filly by Honor Code seems best suited at seven furlongs, even though she needs a slower pace to win
3. #8 Maybe Later (9-2) – Had been running against a bit classier than this, and switches back to dirt after fading a bit last race plus gets a more manageable distance
4. #3 Backyard Money (3-1) – Won narrowly breaking her maiden against open company last time, and building off that might make her the one with the most upside here
Race 9 – Galway Stakes
1. #1 Poppy Flower (5-1) – Six for seven in the money on turf, with a recent close second in the Coronation Cup and some running style versatility here
2. #3 Benbang (10-1) – Likely has the most speed in this field, and is a major threat to go gate to wire with the right fractions if she clears Makin My Move
3. #7 Empress Tigress (5-2) – Sat off a fast pace last time and held on in deep stretch, plus has a jockey trainer combo that has been profitable in the few races they join forces on
4. #10 Derrynane (5-1) – This Rosario and Clement filly has been a solid finisher in her career, but maybe not one that is the most likely, even though she should be charging late
Race 10 – Maiden 88k
1. #9 Jocosity (4-1) – This filly only lost by four last time out and showed some promise, posting a decent speed figure that should make her competitive here
2. #10 Bavarian Creme (6-1) – Her one turf try was solid, showing a little bit of a closing kick which might improve with the added furlong here
3. #5 La Victoria (6-1) – Loses Rosario but picks up Irad Ortiz Jr., this grey filly by Tapit comes off a long layoff but might be best here if she is aggressive early
4. #2 Lem Me Drink (10-1) – Gets extra distance that she seems to want after her debut try at six, and should be good value breaking from the inside post