Spa selections 2022: Saratoga picks August 21

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 – Alw 115000n1x

1. #8 Baba (3-1) – Typically only wins if he breaks to the lead, but his race last time was one of the stronger of this field even in a narrow defeat, and can go gate to wire with the right fractions

2. #2 Repealing (8-5) – Might be best sitting in second or third here instead of grabbing the early lead, but still looks vulnerable here even with plenty of others who have questions

3. #4 Chloe Rose (10-1) – Has run her best at Saratoga, also finishing in the money in six of seven at this distance but takes a slight step up here

4. #5 Exxaltress (6-1) – Got crushed in a stakes field last time, but should improve with the drop here and has a race two back that puts her in the mix

Race 9 – Bolton Landing Stakes

1. #9 Sweet Harmony (8-1) – Sat off a quick pace last time in a stakes race and won by a length, and can win here with a similar trip and stalking running style

2. #2 Love Reigns (2-1) – Wesley Ward has fared well in this race in the past, and this is his top entry that drops from a grade II try and has the talent to go gate to wire here

3. #6 Aztec Nights (10-1) – Had a sharp debut and got a win over this track, plus should be solid value here with just one start

4. #5 Grand Oak (8-1) – Probably won’t win with a front end type trip, but could be a contender with a stalking or closing trip if the pace set up is right

Race 10 – MC 40000

1. #9 Candlestick Maker (9-2) – Seems to be improving at the right time and has the form to be able to beat this field even coming from maiden claimers

2. #8 Vagaries (8-5) – Gets the class drop to claiming company and maybe ran her best as a deep closer which could be tough here in a field of eleven

3. #6 Miscreant (10-1) – Took a slight step forward when switching to the turf, and gets Jose Ortiz here who can place this filly more forward this time

4. #5 Empress Theodora (5-1) – Was competitive first time out in this class, struggling when moving up to open maidens so should run better moving back down

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