Saratoga Picks: Late Pick 4 includes a pair of stakes on August 19

The Late Pick 4 at Saratoga offers some nice betting options, and is ready to offer our free picks!
The Late Pick 4 at Saratoga offers some nice betting options, and is ready to offer our free picks!

Saratoga Picks: Friday, August 19, 2022

  • Race 1: 4-2-3-1
  • Race 2: 2-1-8-7
  • Race 3: 4-6-2-5
  • Race 4: 2-1/1A-4-6
  • Race 5: 8-5-6-3
  • Race 6: 2-9-4-7
  • Race 7: 2-10-5-6
  • Race 8: 1-7-3-4
  • Race 9: 5-3-2-6
  • Race 10: 10-3-4-8
  • Most Likely Winner: American Starlet #2 (Race 7)
  • Best Value: Cadillac Candy #10 (Race 10)

Saratoga Springs, the town north of New York's capital is immersed in equine-related activity! The celebrated Meet is way past the half-way point, but that only means that the best is yet to come ...

NYRA will continue to put forward another major stakes schedule, and with full fields, it should be another exciting go! Travers Day is coming, along with so many betting opportunities. Wait for it ... with Friday on deck, we are inching closer towards an Alabama Day!

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Late Pick 4 … Races 7-10

Race 7: Turf, 5½F, ALLW115kn1x, F&M 3+

The challenge of a multi-leg sequence always gets the blood pumping, and there is nothing like getting past the opening race. This Friday LP4 begins in fine style, and I dare you to try and “Single” in this spot. It simply cannot be done in my estimation … but I will do my best. I’ve got my Doc Brown contraption strapped on, and I am ready. My top selection seems obvious for a number of reasons. Trainer Wesley Ward doesn’t quite get the notoriety that he does at home in Kentucky, but his sprinters on the turf still do what they do … break early and well. I liked American Starlet #2 when the filly by Twirling Candy took on ALLW Co. at Keeneland. She could not quite hold on in the end, but John Velazquez sure did his best. The duo come together again at The Spa, and I am thinking she will be a pretty square price, hovering around 9/2. Just in case, I also want to include one of Christophe Clement’s aces that he has up his sleeve. Osira #10 is one of those “early” types, and the filly by Malibu Moon should be able to use her speed from that outside post. Joel Rosario knows how to angle them in, and I would expect that his mount has the talent to get home in-front. This is a key decision in the sequence to save our money. Let’s hope it pays off … moving right along!

Leg 1: 2/10 (2-Deep)

Wagering Recommendation: $25/$50 WP #2


Race 8: Dirt, 1 1/8th, Summer Colony S., $135k, F&M 4+

The “Non-G” train continues to roll during the Meet, and now it is time for the older females to take the stage. This $135k affair is a unique distance for those on the dirt … 9-furlongs. Some venerable runners have assembled, and I see this race coming down to a contest between 3 of them. I am quite partial to Mike Maker’s Army Wife #1, and this level is perfect for the 4-yr-old by Declaration of War. She does her best running from just off the speed, and if Tyler Gaffalione can keep her close, she has an excellent chance. Of course, Kenny McPeek has a superb chance with Envoutante #3, especially considering that the daughter of Uncle Mo is heavy in the class department. The crafty veteran, Julien Leparoux, will take over the mount, and her speed can be a powerful weapon on the engine. One other that deserves inclusion, and for that matter, respect, is Brad Cox’s class dropping Bonny South #7. Now a 5-yr-old, it seems just like yesterday that she was competing as a filly at the highest levels of that division. Her weakness is consistency, but Juddmonte should take solace in the fact that Flavien Prat knows how to hustle a ride. She cannot be overlooked … This race is a rematch from the Fall City (G2) last November at Churchill, and it will be interesting to see if McPeek’s stalwart comes out on top again … The best I can do is to go 3 deep …

Leg 2: 1/3/7 (3-Deep)

Wagering Recommendation: $100 Bankroll, Graduated Wager, WPS #1 ($10-W, $15-P, $75-S)


Race 9: Turf, 1 1/16th, Clm50k, 3F

Taking to the Inner Turf, this open company contest at the Claiming level with be quite a grass race around 2-turns. I would imagine that Mike Maker’s Hatari #3 will get top billing on the Spa tote board. She won at the level below this one, and with Irad Ortiz back aboard, the filly will take some significant money. That is not necessarily a reason to back her, especially considering that she is moving into a tougher spot. I will use her, but when it comes to a top selection, I am intrigued by Marcelo Arenas’ Rosemary Potatoes #5. This filly by Exaggerator doesn’t have strong turf lines with that sire, but on the dam-side, there is Hard Spun. Even though she hasn’t won in over a year, she is dropping out of Starter Co., and this pivot could be a welcome sight. Junior Alvarado continues to be one of the most underrated jocks in the country. One other runner that is worthy of a hard look is Steve Klesaris’ Radiant Gem #2. I realize that this barn is still looking for their first win of the Meet, but this filly by Summer Front could make some noise. Ridden by John Velazquez, she scored against similar company in late June at Belmont. That doesn’t mean she is an automatic lock here because the configs of the tracks are totally different. Let’s remember though that Johnny V knows this filly’s tendencies. That could come in handy! It is time to head to the finale …

Leg 3: 2/3/5 (3-Deep)

Wagering Recommendation: $2 Trifecta Box, 2/3/5


Race 10: Turf, 5 ½F, Skidmore S., $150k, 2

Rolling into the capstone of the card on Friday, I would not smirk or make a snide comment if anyone wanted to hit the “All” button. Honestly, out of these 10, this race came up very tough. Turf sprints can be maddening, and just when you think that you have it figured out, the rug … err carpet … err sod? … is pulled out from under you. I know that Chad Brown reigns supreme right now at the Meet, and there is much to like about the potential behind Oxymore #3. The gelding by Astern (AUS) looks fast, and after a sparkling debut for Adam Rice’s Barn, he comes to the juggernaut of turf racing in America. Maybe Jose Ortiz will have it easy, just like he did at Belmont in early July … but maybe not … I will be using this one, but hoping against hope that a long shot crosses the wire first. I am rather interested in Rusty Arnold’s Cadillac Candy #10. By one of my favorite sires of all-time, Twirling Candy, he could be a budding star after breaking his maiden on that much-maligned Matt Winn Turf Course at Churchill Downs. Tyler Gaffalione rode him in both career starts, and his mount has already exhibited some nice tracking ability. What a finish this is going to be! I am going with that “All” button … flip the switch!

Leg 4: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10 (All)

Wagering Recommendation: $2 Exacta Box, 3/10


Ticket: 2-10 / 1-3-7 / 2-3-5 / 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10

.50 Cost LP4: $90.00

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