Saratoga Springs Opening Day
2- Grit and Glory goes 1st time off the claim for Linda Rice with a drop down in weight to 117 getting apprentice jockey Cardenas aboard with 2nd time off the layoff and some beautiful works in the Am recently since moving to the new barn. 5 for 7 in the money over a fast track.
4- Sergeant Drive is going 1st time out under the Linda rice barn after running down at Gulfstream Park, taking a significant drop in class. Is 2 out of 4 in the money going the distance.
6- Guy Caballero goes out 1st time for the Rudy Rodriguez Barn. Horses going out 1st time after being trained by Jorge Navarro, there has been a high winning percentage with horses going 1st time out for newborn after being trained by Jorge Navaro. Gets the winning jockey of Belmont to meet Irad Ortiz Jr aboard. 3 for 5 in the money going this distance.
8 Rucksack should be the main speed in here, stretching back outgoing 4th time off the layoff after finishing 2nd last time out at Monmouth Park, and two back shipping all the
way to Churchill downs to run in a tough 20k claimers finishing 6th by only six lengths.
9 Dealing Stelen(Long Shot) ships in here from Keeland for the Zito barn after getting a victory last time out at BTP for claimers of 12500,
MY PICKS- 6-2-4-8-7(Incase of Scratches)
Race 2 :
1 Leading West - the Micheal maker/Irad Ortiz jr Duo, ships in here from Gulfstream. The last outing down at Gulfstream closed strong out of the 11th spot in a 12 horse field being very wide going a mile last time out just missing finishing 2nd by one length, stretched out to a mile and a sixteenth today which i think will best suit him.
3 This I’ll Defend- finished right behind Leading West 3 back, where he was bumped around and had a lot of trouble throughout the race. Gets Tyler Gaffione aboard today and drops in for 1st time for a tag. With some excellent works in the morning recently.
8- Mutakaamil Goes 2nd time off the bench for the Chad Brown Barn. And 1st time trying the turf for the 1st time with Jose Ortiz staying aboard.
7 Magic Mojo- had troubles in his debut at Belmont. Stretched out to a mile and sixteenth today, which i like a lot with getting a race under his belt now coming in here. Very Dangerous.
Keep an eye on 3 Prie Talk going 1st time out for the Jorge Abreu Barn who has been working over this course last to works and like the previous 5-furlong work in a nice 1:02
MY PICKS-1-3-8-5-7(Incase of Scratches)
3 -Palace Avenger ships in here for Welsey Ward w 2nd time off the bench after finishing a strong 2nd in a tough race at Churchill downs in alw 82k going 6 in a half cuts back to 6 furlongs which I love is 1 for two over this surface in the money with one second and 1 for 2 going this distance with one win. With some excellent works at Churchill Downs recently.
4- Glass Ceiling is Three for his last six last time out was a little over her head in the G1 Acorn going a mile, cut back to 6 Furlongs with Irad Ortiz getting back aboard who won on her two back.
2 Figure of Speech - she comes in here 2nd time off the bench for Chad Brown with Castellano staying aboard her and winning on her debut last year over this surface.
2 Yes to Mischief Was purchased by 400k out of into Mischief, been working very well for the mark casse barn, gets Jose Ortiz Aboard today.
5 VALLETA- cuts back in the distance today after being right in the thick of things his last couple times out over at Churchill Downs and Gulfstream Park. Should be fit ready to rock tough to beat in here.
3 Dail me up is coming off a 7-month layoff adding Lasix today with some excellent work in the morning at Belmont.
2 Yes to Mischief Was purchased by 400k out of into Mischief, been working very sharp for the mark Casse barn gets Jose Ortiz Aboard today. had some issues getting into gate last time at Belmont, which caused her to be scratched, If she does not act up getting into the gate
6 Thrill- had a tough start on her debut down at Gulfstream being the widest and getting up for 5th losing by only three lengths.
MY PICKS-3-2-5-6-4(Incase of Scratches)
7 Thorny Tale Ran lights out, coming off a 10-month layoff in the slope at Belmont, scoring the best buyer of his career so far with an 89. Is 2 for 4 in the money going the distance and is 6 for 8 in the money lifetime. Coming off some excellent works at Belmont. Should be well fit and be right in the think of things.
5 Dark Money ran lights out on his debut back, scoring a 92 buyer in an open company. 6 for 8 in the money going this distance with four wins. One for one over this surface.
2 Steam Engine is the main speed in here going 2nd time off the bench and cuts back to 6 furlongs where he is 3 for 5 in the money going this distance with two wins and 1 for 2 in the money over this surface.
3 KAZMANIA (long shot) should be right in the thick of things here coming off some excellent work at Penn, going 2nd time off the bench after being four wide last time out at Belmont closing late and just losing space to get up for the win. Remember him running well last year over this surface.
8 The Caretaker- loves Saratoga course being 3 for 4 in the money with two wins here, and 7 for 8 in the money going this distance. Coming off a nice win 1st time back off the layoff. It should be tough to beat in here with Irad Ortiz Jr aboard.
MY PICKS- 7-5-3-2-8(Incase of Scratches)
3- TIZ ENVY coming off an excellent bullet work, with drop-down in class and cutback in distance. Should be a reasonable price in here
5 Point of Humor gets back on the turf today. Third time off the bench, where he is 2 for 3 in the money going the distance and is 2 for 4 in the over this surface.
6 No Bad Days Ships in from Churchill with drop down in class and gets back on the turf, could go off at a reasonable price if not would look in another direction.
9 Propensity in 1st time in for tag on the drop-down, 3rd time off the bench for the Mott Barn gets Johny V back aboard today.
8 Spitball Got nailed at the wire on his debut back on June 18th should be well fit in here for the Rice barn with getting Jose Ortiz back aboard.
MY PICKS- 3- 9-8-7- 2- 2A
6 AVA K’S GIRL going 2nd time off the bench for Michelle Nevin Barn was seven wide on her return closing very strong getting up for 4th only losing by three lengths. Stretched back out to 16 and got Rosario back aboard. Won on her debut at Saratoga last year.
9 Summer at the Spa should be tough to beat in here .closed strong last time out getting up for 2nd going 1 mile stretched out to a mile and sixteenth 2nd time off the bench very dangerous.
5 Marquet Legacy- Goes 2nd time out for the Henning barn and 2nd time off the bench stretching back out to the preferred distance where she is 2 for 2 in the money with one win and 1 second. Johnny V Stays back aboard.
MY PICKS - 3-7-8-5