PLAY of the DAY” by Brian Nadeau                   
Date:  7/13/2023 
Featured Track/Race:   Saratoga – Race 5 
Race overview:  A full, albeit a relatively watered down, field of veteran 20k claimers going 1 1/8 miles on the main.  
Pace:  It actually appears relatively honest, though it’s 2023 in NY, so expect things to be painfully slow early, with little initiative taken. 
Trends:  It’s obviously Opening Day, so there’s nothing current to gleam, though as a general rule of thumb, you want to be close early going two turns on the main, as races rarely fall apart late. 
Best Play:  #6 PORTOS (5-2): Huge class dropper has never been in against a group like this, plus he’s a true router, while several in here ae coming off a slew of one-turn Belmont races, which means there’s a good chance they won’t be able to see out this much more demanding trip, while this dude will just be getting revved up late. 
Bet Types:    Aggressive WP bet and single to end the early Pk5/Pk4 as well. 
POD/Meet Stats:  Sar POD: 

Sar Meet Overall: