Saratoga Weekend Preview – Diana Weekend


Musically, the 80’s is a lost decade.  Synthesized keyboard, big hair, and save for the King of Pop and the chief news anchor himself – Huey Lewis – not much else.  In general, I try my best to block out the entire era.  Still, the band Cinderella had a point when they said “you don’t know what you got ’til it’s gone.”

We don’t.  None of us do.  Least of all me.  And sometimes I seem to forget that every year when NYRA cues the Billy Joel and moves South for the fall.

But now they’re back.  Saratoga.  Enough to make us forget the overly dramatic metaphor I just used to open a simple weekend preview column.

It’s good to be back.



Race 1: Beyond Empire – Groupthink – Fox Rules – Fleeting

Race 2: Lemon Liquer – Flatware – Corinthian’s Joy

Race 3: Weekend Hottie – Saratoga by Design – Dacoma – Flying K C


Race 5: Jenny’s Creek – Jewelisa – William’sluckygray – Reversiontothemean

Race 6: Anna House – Welcoming – Just Wicked

Race 7: Bishop’s Pond – Dynazar – Trophee – The Tea Cups

Race 8: Juba – Pulling G’s – Scatter Joy

RACE 9: Partisan Politics – Mississippi Delta – Feathered [BEST BET: PARTISAN POLITICS]

Race 10: Kowboy Boots – Igotthediscoinme – Bracigliano

Grade 3 Schuylerville: In the meet’s first graded stakes, I struggle to see anyone in the field quite at the level of the two favorites, Moment Is Right and Positively Royal.  A winner of one stakes race already, I like Moment Is Right to cross the wire first, and, shucking all Saratoga wisdom, Todd Pletcher’s 2-year-old to place.

Grade 2 Lake George: Easily the most fascinating race of the weekend, the Lake George gets Saratoga’s features off to a hell of a start – a turf route packed with speed horses.  For me, the best pick is Partisan Politics, whose trainer has a way on the Saratoga turf, and who should sit off a hot pace and finish well on the traditionally cavalry-charge-favoring grass.



Race 1: Metal Magic – Moon King – War Stroll – Boalt Hall

Race 2: English Minister – Bam Bam – Speeding Comet

Race 3: Little Schmo – Swagger Jagger – Smarty Kitten

Race 4: Stay Tuned – Danzig Storm – Bird Prince [SURE THING: STAY TUNED]

Race 5: Crosstown Route – Show Bound – Set the Trappe – Greenpointcrusader

Race 6: Dowse’s Beach – Asset Inflation – Sylven Park – Lewys Vaporizer

Race 7: Sister Margaret – Bedford Land – Callista

Race 8: Market Outlook – Zambian Dream – Taghleeb – Flashlight

RACE 9: Cocked and Loaded – He’s Comin in Hot – Paynes Prairie

RACE 10: Hard Not to Like – My Miss Sophia – Tepin

Race 11: Classic Salsa – Ruble – Regulus

Grade 3 Sanford: In a battle of 2-year-olds without many starts on their record, go for the one whose already won a stakes race.  If there’s two, pick the one with the better stakes win.  Here, that’s Cocked and Loaded, who beat a better field at Belmont and posted a better figure than He’s Comin in Hot.

Grade 1 Diana: It would be too easy to say it’s hard not to like Hard Not to Like, but what can I say, I’ve been handicapping for a few hours now and I’m a little fried. So I’ll just say it, i’s hard not to like Hard Not To Like. Last out, the Clemente trainee rallied spectacularly along the rail, bursting up for a win as soon as the hole opened.  She’s versatile enough to win no matter the pace; I like her here at an OK price.



Race 1: Carrumba – Picture Day – Que Chulo

Race 2: Ack Naughty – Courageisamajority – Resolutely

Race 3: Copernicus – Power Nap – Bessie’s Boy – Liberty First

Race 4: Miss Anna Marie – Foxy Posse – First Service

Race 5: Persnickity – Ready for Summer – Enchanted River

Race 6: Lotta Lolly – Bottle Dance – Love the Kitten

Race 7: Saratoga Dreamer – Summer Breezing – Latigo Trail

Race 8: Unbridled Juan – Financial Modeling – I’mbetterthangood – Day of Fury

Race 9: Tweet Kitten – Dr. Pham – Malibu Preacher

RACE 10: Curalina – Wonder Gal – I’m a Chatterbox

Race 11: Enjoy the Show – Mr Maybe – Mission Driven

Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks: Sometimes you find a favorite and look for a reason to beat them. Sometimes, you try to outthink the room. This isn’t one of those times. Curalina’s grabbed three wins in her last three starts, including the Grade 1 Acorn. I like her to make it four in a row.


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