Saratoga Weekend Preview – Woodward Saturday

There’s a reason casinos are built so big.  They win.  A lot.  Because even when they lose at the start of the night, they end up winning in the end – when instead of taking your winnings to your room and getting a good night sleep, you stay up and give them all back.

Which is what I figure to do coming off a 6-win Travers day and staring at a Woodward day with little to offer on the board.

Race 1: 1-9-6

Race 2: 2-14-5

Race 3: 3-6-4

Race 4: 1-7-12-11

Race 5: 3-5-6-13

Race 6: 2-9-3-11

Race 7: 7-6-10-1A

Race 8: 6-2-4-5

Race 9: 4-5-2-1

I say it too often, but I say it because it’s true: pace makes the race.  And while it won’t make a winner on Saturday, it’ll give some solid value in second. Bricks and Mortar is clearly the best in the field after his win in the Hall of Fame earlier this month, but Voodoo Song is the race’s only real speed, and I’m betting he’ll be able to hang on for second.

Race 10: 4-1-3

Race 11: 2-3-1

Race 12: 5-6-4-1

Remember what I said about pace?  Grateful isn’t just the only real speed, she’s the only thing even resembling  speed in Saturday’s finale.  At 15/1 in a field full of horses I don’t trust, there are worse bets.  I’ve got Manny Franco – who knows how to race on the front end and is in the middle of a quiet-but-great-meet – sitting on the lead and getting the win at a price.

Author: Joseph White

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