Play of the Day – August 26th 2021

Play of the Day Race Date August 26, 2021 Track Saratoga Race 4 Overview A deep 12.5k claimer with more than a few coming off duds, so looking for a price seems the way to go. Pace In looks supersonic, as almost the entire field want to hear their feet rattle early, so anyone with a hint of tactical speed is an instant upgrade. Trends The main track has played very kindly to speed throughout the meet, and you need to be close entering the far turn to have a realistic chance, as races just aren’t falling apart, regardless of the early splits. Best Bet CATHY NAZ Number…

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Play of the Day – August 22nd 2021

Play of the Day Race Date August 22, 2021 Track Saratoga Race 9 Overview An extremely strong renewal of the Summer Colony, as five of the six entered are stakes winners. Pace It should be honest, with #2 and #4 ensuring an honest clip, and #6 GOLD SPIRIT (5-2) won’t be too far back. Trends The main track has played very kindly to speed going long throughout the meet, and you need to be close entering the far turn to have a realistic chance. Best Bet GOLD SPIRIT Number 6 Morning Line (5-2) Best Bet Overview #6 GOLD SPIRIT (5-2): Chilean-bred was a group 1 winner in her…

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Play of the Day – August 21st 2021

Play of the Day Race Date August 21, 2021 Track Saratoga Race 6 Overview A deep and competitive NYB AOC that could go any number of different ways, though a lack of pace could prove key. Pace It doesn’t look fats at all, which means #4 SILKY BLUE (5-2) should be able to control things early, and when you’re doing that sprinting over this course, it’s a huge edge. Trends With all the rain this week (and potentially Saturday as well), it’s tough to figure what the course will be like, so pay close attention, though speed typically rules in these turf sprints. Best Bet SILKY BLUE Number…

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Play of the Day – August 20th 2021

Play of the Day Race Date August 20, 2021 Track Saratoga Race 8 Overview A deep and competitive 50k starter-allowance with several different ways you can go, and one in which prices abound. Pace It doesn’t look all that fast, so tactical speed is at a premium, especially if the track is wet and playing to inside speed. Trends The main track has played very kindly to speed going long throughout the meet, and take note of Wednesday (all speed), and especially Thursday and the off-track, as it may well be wet again. Best Bet MISTER LUIGI Number 6 Morning Line (10-1) Best Bet Overview #6 MISTER LUIGI…

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Play of the Day – August 19th 2021

Play of the Day Race Date August 19, 2021 Track Saratoga Race 4 Overview A very modest N1X going long on the main, with a strong favorite (#5) facing winners off a debut romp in the mud, and a potential sleeper who is a track and distance winner. Pace It looks there for the taking, and #1 MISTY VEIL (4-1) did just that when she wired lesser over the track/distance last time. Trends The main track has played very kindly to speed going long throughout the meet, and take note of individual days too, because it’s been an inside highway for some of them. Best Bet MISTY VEIL…

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Saratoga Weekend Stakes Report

If there is any one horse that symbolizes racing at Saratoga, it is Fourstardave. “The Sultan of Saratoga” won a race at the Spa for eight consecutive years from 1987 to 1994. He found the winner’s circle in twenty-one of his remarkable one hundred starts, finishing in the money fifty-five times. “Dave” was a winning horse, a blue collar horse, a New York bred – he was one of our own. Appropriately, Fourstardave is forever with us at Saratoga as he is buried on the backside at Clare Court.

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Play of the Day – August 14th 2021

Play of the Day Race Date August 14, 2021 Track Saratoga Race 5 Overview A tough 16k claimer for the veterans, many of which enter in good form and with winning credentials. Pace It looks like #3 WIN WITH PRIDE (3-1) should be able to control the tempo early, as the other speed entered seems more the kind that wants to settle a tad early. Trends The main track was an inside highway Thursday, so check how it played Friday and early Saturday, but regardless, being up close is always the spot to be in here. Best Bet WIN WITH PRIDE Number 3 Morning Line (3-1) Best Bet…

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Play of the Day – August 13th 2021

Play of the Day Race Date August 13, 2021 Track Saratoga Race 9 Overview A strong renewal of the Tale of the Cat, with everyone owning a winning chance if they deliver their best. Pace It should be hot and contested, especially with all the heat on the outside, which suggests something has to give late. Trends The main track played decidedly to early speed over the weekend, but that was more in the routes, though this play is dependent on pace, and therefore needs the field to stay intact. Best Bet BON RAISON Number 3 Morning Line (8-1) Best Bet Overview #3 BON RAISON (8-1): Cagey veteran…

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Play of the Day – August 12th 2021

Play of the Day Race Date August 12, 2021 Track Saratoga Race 8 Overview A compact AOC for older where everyone can win, but where none of the favorites really inspire either. Pace It should be honest, as both #3 and #4 want to go, and #6 CHOCOLATE BAR (4-1) won’t be too far back either, but it doesn’t look overly fast either. Trends The main track played decidedly to early speed over the weekend, so being close seems imperative. Best Bet CHOCOLATE BAR Number 6 Morning Line (4-1) Best Bet Overview #6 CHOCOLATE BAR (4-1): Intriguing sort tried the main after 13 turf attempts to start is…

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