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 4: Positively Royal – Moment Is Right – Banree [BEST BEST: POSITIVELY ROYAL-MOMENT IS RIGHT EXACTA BOX]
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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