Spa selections 2022: Saratoga picks September 4

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 9 – Alw 95000n1x

1. #6 Lord Flintshire (6-1) – Was placed closer to the lead last time which didn’t work as well as his usual closing style, but with a lack of pace here, the versatility should give him a leg up

2. #5 Frank’s Art (5-2) – After an impressive debut, this Clement trainee came charging a bit too late but still appears to have the most upside in here if he gets the right set up

3. #4 Timbuktu (6-1) – This Brad Cox trainee didn’t run his best last time, but still has competitive speed figures compete with this group

4. #1A Catch That Party (2-1) – A tough post draw, but this part of the entry looks a bit better winning last time out in an open allowance race with little pace to run into

Race 10 – Maiden 88k

1. #7 Arisaema (6-1) – Just didn’t break well enough last time to have a chance, but this filly by California Chrome can be a factor if Lezcano has her a bit closer to the lead

2. #2 Succulent (7-2) – Steadily improving since the switch to turf, and continuing on this trend puts her in the winner’s circle, but might need a bit more pace to rate

3. #3 La Victoria (3-1) – Ran well off the layoff with Irad Ortiz and gets him back in the irons for this one, plus should be near the early pace which is good in this field

4. #6 Jocosity (4-1) – Was bet to favorite last time and ran a solid fourth, but still needs to take a step forward to beat some others in here

Race 11 – Grade I Spinaway Stakes

1. #5 Just Cindy (5-1) – This filly by Justify comes off a layoff after winning the Scuylerville early in the meet, as Saez jumps off Naughty Gal to take this mount for Kenneally

2. #4 Naughty Gal (8-1) – Got slow fractions in the Grade III Adirondack last time, but may need to sit in second this time for her best chance of winning here

3. #9 Wonder Wheel (3-1) – Might have the most impressive win of this group last time, and any effort close to that should be enough to at least finish in the top two here

4. #1 Kaling (7-2) – Gets the slight edge over Aunt Shirley and Sabra Tough who will be better value because of the running style, and should be close enough to have a chance late

Race 12 – MC 25000

1. #1 Tough Street (1-1) – Probably doesn’t deserve the even money morning line tote, but this entry looks a bit better than the rest which may be enough to win here

2. #9 Darn That Song (6-1) – Has finished third in half of his career races, but even in this underachieving group, this one needs to take a step forward to win

3. #10 Roz (10-1) – In the money five out of seven lifetime, with two thirds at the Spa this summer so maybe one to hit the board here

4. #3 Mouly (5-1) – Take this filly by Practical Joke over Dorothy’s the Boss hoping for a step forward after coming out of an open maiden and two maiden claimers into state bred company

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