There was nothing like camp. Hanging out with friends, school was a million miles away, and the days seemed to last forever. The summer sun on our face, and the sweaty shirts that dotted the ground as makeshift bases for our ball games. If you listen real close, you’ll hear the sound of kids laughing in the distance. The feeling was incredible, as we didn’t have a care in the world.
Saratoga marks the start of summer racing. There is plenty of solid action and turf racing is in full-swing. But there is something about the magic of the “Spa.” The 150th season is underway, and the horses have been pointed this way for quite sometime. Just like when we kids, the summer heat is only celebrated for short while. So grab a glass of ice tea, and find cool place in the shade. The summer is just about to heat up.
Some of the best riders and trainers in the country will converge on Saratoga Springs. Here are a few to keep in mind before you make you’re way to the windows:
Javier Castellano, John Velasquez, Joel Rosario, Jose Ortiz, Junior Alvarado, and Lanfranco Dettori and famous flying dismounts. Spot riders such as Jose Lezcano on the turf, Julien Leparoux on any closer, Cornelio Velazquez for Linda Rice, and new comers Taylor Rice and Corey Lanerie looking to make their mark.
Wesley Ward, Bill Mott, Graham Motion, Michelle Nevin, Mike Maker, and anything Todd Pletcher or Chad Brown saddles. Look for Rudy Rodriquez off the claim, D. Wayne Lukas with layoff runners, and Christophe Clement with any runner that is entered on the weeds.
Pay attention to Belmont and Churchill runners, and horses coming off extended layoffs for sharp run-back barns. Look for works over the deep Oklahoma training track, and first timers for trainers who excel with their babies. Saratoga is the place to make your mark, and the connections know that winning one race at the “Spa” is like winning 10 at Belmont.
Read the charts. – You’ll find great value with runners coming off a trouble laden trips, and be sure to search the PP’s for inner turf specialists who may excel with the tighter turns. Don’t hesitate to pull the trigger on nay big price runner for a “name” conditioner who is winning 20% or better on the year. Give extra credit to rider/trainer combos who are 20% as a team. You’ll need to do your homework and be sure to read the charts to follow an erupting bias or runners who enjoy a surface with a little “bounce” or “give” to it following a rain.
Saratoga was the target for our betting group. We made a few targeted wagers, and have $1,655 to make selected Winning Ponies E-Z Win plays. For day #2, we like two plays on the Saratoga card.
Race #7 – The (G-3) Sanford Stakes – 6f -4:10 pm EST
$400 to place on #9 – Cinco Charlie (2-1) = Impressive winner of the Bashford Manor at CD, and sports the ” Should Improve” handicapping icon.
Race #10 – The (G-1) Diana – 1 1/8 on the inner turf – 5:46 pm EST
$200 to place on #9 – Stephanie’s Kitten (6-1) = Frankie Dettori up for Chad Brown, and she has a field best Turf Class Rating of 48.2, and a 69+ Last Race Rating.
It is time to open up the wagering, and take our shot. We’ll use the top Winning Ponies E-Z Win Form selection, and they have helped us start off with a profit coming into the meet. Winning Ponies has a great record with the oval and we are looking forward to some big days in the summer sun! Best of luck this weekend, and we’ll keep you up-to-speed with our progress.