Spa selections 2022: Saratoga picks August 14

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 8 – OC 65200n2x

1. #4 Betsy Blue (2-1) – This one was sitting on a nice effort last time, but still came up just short which has been an issue at Saratoga, but she is primed for a win at this distance

2. #5 Brattle House (1-1) – Deserved favorite who has never finished worse than second, she will grab the early lead but seems best going eight furlongs

3. #2 Halo City (12-1) – Has finished second in both tries at the Spa, and is one that could make a nice move late if Brattle House goes too fast and should be a good price

4. #6 Sweet Willemina (9-2) – Hits the board at a pretty good clip, albeit usually against softer competition, but a consistent 2. performer who can run with this group

Race 9 – Mahony Stakes

1. #2 Big Invasion (1-2) – This colt wins based on his victory in the Grade III Quick Call as Joel Rosario should have him moving late

2. #5 That’s Right (6-1) – Has some early speed that makes him dangerous at a shorter distance such as this, with a perfect record at five and a half

3. #6 Surprise Boss (15-1) – Did the dirty work last time, but has run well at Saratoga and could win with a stalking trip as well as on the lead

4. #7 Determined Kingdom (20-1) – Has run his best at this distance, and should be a good number that can run well if That’s Right and Surprise Boss go out too fast

Race 10 – Alw 50000s

1. #8 Relate (9-2) – Off the claim for Todd Pletcher, this one won impressively last time out in maiden claiming company, but should continue to improve after clearly taking well to the turf

2. #2 Brazillionaire (4-1) – Won last time over this track, and has hit the board in ten of eleven lifetime on the turf so maybe the most consistent runner here

3. #3 Reckless Spirit (8-5) – Doesn’t seem to win as often as he should, even when dropping down to claimers, but still higher upside than most here

4. #9 Seaver (6-1) – Got the right pace last time but still wasn’t able to hang on, although seems to be on the improve and gets a suitable distance at a mile here

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