Archive for August 3rd, 2013

Saratoga Race Course Free Play + Pick 6 Tickets – August 3

I am offering full card analysis from Saratoga Race Course each Saturday on my Today’s Racing Digest Handicapper page. For the August 3 program, I have posted a free play below, along with suggested Pick 6 tickets.

I also posted my July 27 full card from Saratoga at the bottom of this post.

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Saratoga Race Course Free Play for Saturday, August 3

SAR 2 (MSW, 6f) #5 TIZ FOR TAT (5-2) was clearly second best to John Shirreffs speedster Mentor Cane as my top at Belmont Park off a layoff July 6. #7 Mr. O’Leary (3-1) finished a solid 3rd in his full field bow at Belmont and the winner came back to score again. The $160k Keeneland sales grad is an outside pace player under Joel Rosario. #4 Arriving (10-1) is out of decent debut sire Harlan’s Holiday and dam has tossed six winners from as many starters. Al Stall Jr. can strike with a first time starter. THE PLAYS: #5 to win, Quinella 5/4-7

Saratoga Race Course Pick 6 Tickets for Saturday, August 3

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Saratoga full card analysis for Saturday (7-27-13)
By Jarrod Horak (,
: Mostly Sunny. High 86.  Best Bets (races 4, 7, 8, 9)

SAR 3 Twang ($4.50)
Daily Double (race 2-3, $14.40)
Pick 3 (race 1-2-3, $29.60)
Daily Double (race 3-4, $18.80)
Pick 3 (2-3-4, $65)

SAR 1 (OC-25k, 9f) #5 TUVIA’S FORCE (8-1) won at this course/distance under today’s rider Napravnik off a similar layoff last summer. #11 Au Moon (8-1) has won his last three main track outings. I like his running style versatility and Bridgmohan rides him well. #3 Point Taken (5-1) enters in decent form and projects a nice tactical trip for the productive Alvarado/Jacobson team. #2 Caixa Electronica (8-5) had to work harder than expected in a flat mile tally at Belmont Park June 28. The 8yo horse probably won’t sneak away early this time and the price figures to be wrong. #1 Metaurus (15-1) enjoys minor awards and can spice up the exotics. THE PLAYS: #5 to win, Trifecta 5-11/3-5-11/1-2-3-5-11  

SAR 2 (MSW, 8.5T) #8 DIVORCE PARTY (6-1) is a $160k purchase by Broken Vow and dam has thrown a turf winner. Motion’s baby sports a trio of Fair Hill bullets for this and Johnny V takes the call. #2 Base Case Scenario (3-1) grabbed show dough in his dirt sprint bow. His promising young sire Pioneerof The Nile is responsible for a turf winner and dam has tossed a grass winner. Stall excels first turf. #1 Indigo Kitten (5-2) is by 17% first turf sire Kitten’s Joy and dam has tossed three turf winners. #1a Bobby’s Kitten (5-2) is also a Kitten’s Joy first timer and dam has thrown a turf winner. THE PLAYS: #8 to win, Quinella 8/1-2

SAR 3 (MSW, 6f) #3 TWANG (3-1) finished 3rd in his CD debut June 21 and the place finisher came back to score. Rosario is 1-for-1 with Stall. #6 Sky Drama (5-2) finished 2nd in his CD bow June 28 and the show finisher was a next out winner. #5 Bay of Biscay (9-5) is a $750k Pletcher first time starter by Giant’s Causeway, and dam has tossed five winners. THE PLAYS: #3 to win, Exacta 3/5-6, Exacta 5-6/3

SAR 4 (MSW, 9.5T) #1 SUPREME COMMANDER (7-2) finished 4th in his 8f bow at Belmont. He dons the hood for sharp first turf trainer Shirreffs and dam has tossed two turf winners. #2 Parnelli (5-1) goes 3rd off the shelf and McLaughlin excels first lasix. #6 Unitarian (5-2) beat Parnelli June 22. He adds blinkers and also makes his third start off a layoff. THE PLAYS: #1 to win, Quinella 1/2-6  

SAR 5 (G1 Prioress, 6f) #7 KAUAI KATIE (1-1) should be these at low odds. She is 6-for-6 at seven panels or less and the early-pressing type is tactically drawn in the outside post. She is 2-for-2 at this course/distance and Johnny V has booted her home twice. #4 Lighthouse Bay (12-1) offers Exacta value. Profitable trainer George Weaver is sending out live wires here and the fresh early-pressing type has been stabled at the Spa since May. THE PLAYS: Exacta 7-4

SAR 6 (Clm-20k, 6f) #10 EQUIVOCATION (6-1) finished 2nd in the slop (off the turf) when last seen May 25 and the show finisher came back to score. Jacobson excels 2nd off the claim and barn $$ rider Cohen hops aboard. #3 Alcomatch (4-1) is back at his $20k claimed level after landing the place in a pair of $35k races for Jacobson. #14 Winning Touch (7-2) scored in local MSW bow in 2010. Catalano’s fragile 6yo drops to a new low and Johnny V rides. #1 Classic R And B (15-1) is up in class despite losing for $15k in the mud at 8f July 13. He is 1-1 here, retains Rosario, and is back at winning distance. #4 Non Stop (20-1) might be able to snare a piece of this. He handles dirt, moves to a profitable, low profile barn, and attracts Napravnik. THE PLAYS: #10 to win, Trifecta 3-10-14/3-10-14/1-3-4-10-14

SAR 7 (Alw-1x, 8.5f inner turf) #1 CANTONIC (7-2) chased fast fractions and finished 2nd in a Belmont turf route June 21. Today’s fine grass pilot Rosie Napravnik booted this one home four times last year including a local grass victory. #5 Favor Factor (3-1) ran well in both turf starts for Chad Brown. #2 Indy Sea (9-2) ran into next out winners in his last pair and needed his July 3 return. THE PLAYS: #1 to win, Exacta 1/2-5, Exacta 2-5/1   

SAR 8 (OC-62.5k/2x, 8.5T) #5 KRIS ROYAL (5-1) had a less than ideal trip and ended up an even 5th in needed turf return at Indiana Downs June 15. He graduated over the local weeds last summer and LoPresti excels with shippers. Look for a well-timed late move under Johnny V. #2 Sachem Spirit (4-1) shows up in a sharp layoff/turf barn (Clement). He has been competitive in all six grass starts and Leparoux has options with the versatile sort. #7 Z Dager (12-1) was the beaten favorite from the hedge on the Churchill weeds last time but his previous three turf races were sharp. #8 Film Shot (3-1) was right there in his last two starts vs. this kind. THE PLAYS: #5 to win, Exacta Box 2-5, Exacta 2-5/7-8

SAR 9 (G1 Diana, 9f inner turf) Can we get a hint of a price on #5 CENTRE COURT (5-2)? I did not like her chances on yielding ground in the G1 Just a Game and she failed to put her best foot forward that day as expected. She has never been out of the Exacta on firm turf (10 races) and she handles this course and distance. #2 Stephanie’s Kitten (5-2) beat Centre Court last time and is 2-for-2 this year on less than firm courses. She won the G2 Lake Placid at 9f here last summer, also beating my top. #1 Dream Peace (4-1) has landed the show in last four starts and can rally for that spot again. THE PLAYS: #5 to win, Exacta 5-2, Trifecta 2-5/2-5/1

SAR 10 (G2 Jim Dandy, 9f) #8 MYLUTE (7-2) appears poised to collect his first Stakes tally for Tom Amoss. He rallied for the place in the productive LA Derby before ending a respectable 5th in the Kentucky Derby, and he finished in front of today’s favorite Palace Malice both times. He was the only one making up any ground in the slow early/fast late Preakness and has been freshened for a summer campaign. #2 Code West (6-1) beat Palace Malice and Mylute in the G2 Risen Star. He exits back-to-back wins and projects a ground saving tactical trip under new pilot Rosario. #5 Palace Malice (5-2) sat in the garden spot and won a somewhat fast early/slow late renewal of the Belmont Stakes. He lost his other four Graded starts and will be overbet today. He graduated here last summer and should sit a decent tactical trip. THE PLAYS: #8 to win, Trifecta 2-8/2-5-8/ALL

SAR 11 (Clm-20k, 5.5T) #5 BROWN INDIAN (8-1) attended the pace and held well (4th, beaten 2.5 lengths) in a Belmont turf sprint off a lengthy layoff June 29. Espinoza is 2-for-3 with Weaver here and he figures in the hunt throughout at square odds. #10 Christiesborntorun (7-2) switches surfaces for sharp trainer Jason Servis. He has fired Exacta shots in 5 of 6 turf starts and Lezcano is a fine grass rider. #1 Richmond County (12-1) attracts Rosario and Asmussen returns him to the $20k ranks 2nd off the claim. #11 Shotgun City (6-1) was nabbed out of his last by Maker and barn $$ rider Napravnik takes the call. #3 Writingonthewall (9-2) is back at his claimed level and attracts Castellano. The 4-time local winner should be forwardly placed from the outset. AE #13 Jess Not Jesse (5-1) is 3-for-3 in local turf sprints and can fire a fresh shot. He has speed and Cornelio V rides him well. THE PLAYS: #5 to win, Trifecta 5-10/1-5-10-11/1-3-5-10-11-13

Double/Pick 3/Pick 4 contenders – in order of preference


1   (5-11-3-2-1)
2   (8-2-1)
3   (3-6-5)
4   (1-2-6)
5   (7)
6   (10-3-14-1-4)
7   (1-5-2)
8   (5-2-7-8)
9   (5-2-1)
10 (8-2-5)
11 (5-10-1-11-3-13)