Saratoga Weekend Preview – Dandy Day

Credit, Joe Bianchino


Race 1: 5-2-3

Race 2: 8-2-9

Time is a flat circle. Every week I handicap the Saratoga cards, every week I give you some specific thoughts on select races, and every week I tell you that pace makes the race.  Surprise Twist may not be as good as half this field, but behind a pace I expect to be quick with and with an experienced jockey aboard, I like this colt to hit the board at a good price, sandwiched between the two favorites.

Race 3: 3-6-7

Race 4: 7-2-3

On the dirt, you fear any Pletcher-Velazquez 2-year-old at Saratoga, but on the turf, it’s less of a lock. So here, I’m playing them in exotics, but taking a shot with a George Weaver second-time starter coming off a solid finish and getting Lasix for the first time.

Race 5: 2-3-6

Race 6: 7-1A-9-5

Remember what I said about time and pace?  There won’t be any of it in this race, so rather than a real pacesetter, handicappers should look for horses that can be near the lead if they need to be – because they will need to be on Saturday.  For that, I like Call Provision and St. Louie – both of whom get great jockeys and the latter of whom should be well-priced

Race 7: 8-6-2

But for real, pace. Dreamofjean is stepping way up in class and can’t be expected to win, but she should nicely round out exotics as one of the only speed horses.

Race 8: 5-8-4

Race 9: 4-7-2

Race 10: 1-4-2

Race 11: 2-3-6

Author: Joseph White

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