Saratoga Picks: Spinaway S. superb betting race on September 4

The final Saratoga Sunday has arrived ... With the featured Spinaway S., possibly one of the best betting races of the weekend, it is sure to be a superb day at the track and at the windows.
The final Saratoga Sunday has arrived ... With the featured Spinaway S., possibly one of the best betting races of the weekend, it is sure to be a superb day at the track and at the windows.

Saratoga Picks: Sunday, September 4, 2022

  • Race 1: 8-2-10-5
  • Race 2: 3-4-6-2
  • Race 3: 3-2-7-5
  • Race 4: 8-10-5-6
  • Race 5: 8-1-6-2
  • Race 6: 4-3-1/1A-8
  • Race 7: 9-1-4-7
  • Race 8: 2-5-4-6
  • Race 9: 4-1-6-2
  • Race 10: 2-6-3-5
  • Race 11: 9-4-1-2
  • Race 12: 3-1/1A-9-4
  • Most Likely Winner: Pure Pauline #4 (Race 6)
  • Best Value: Mystic Eyes #2 (Race 8)

Saratoga Springs, the town north of New York's capital is immersed in equine-related activity! The celebrated Meet has now passed Travers Day, and that means we have less than a handful of racing before "closing" arrives on Labor Day Monday. Enjoy it while it lasts!

At we have you covered, including all of the action! It is a good time for some of the best that North American racing has to offer. Stay tuned! If you're looking for picks elsewhere around the country this Sunday be sure to check out our free Horse Racing Picks via the gold button below. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter ... Horseracing_USA !!!

Horse Racing Picks

Most Likely Winner: (Race 6: Pure Pauline #4, 3/1):

HOF Todd Pletcher is coming to play on Sunday at The Spa … doesn’t he always. Stonestreet Stables needs no introduction, and they are looking to trot out a young homebred by Curlin that looks to be well-bred for her debut. She will be ridden by Irad Ortiz, who is just coming off of serving a suspension. Wrapping up the riding title should be in order for him. Pletcher does everything to perfection, and this one is going to be a talent, with a bright future. She probably will not be 3/1 when this race goes off, but we can hope …

Wagering Recommendation: $100 Win, #4


Off-the-Pace Play of the Day: (Race 8: Mystic Eyes #2, 10/1):

The Pletcher picks just keep coming, and I am not going to miss playing this filly by Maclean’s Music. A 3-yr-old, not only is she getting Lasix for the 1st time, but she is making a surface switch—turf to dirt. I think that is a great move, and the class drop should be a welcome sight. This sire’s runners were born to sprint. Luis Saez and Pletcher work exceedingly well together, no matter the meet, and he knows how to hustle a mount when it counts. After competing in a number of NYRA stakes races, doesn’t this one make a ton of sense? Shhh … keep it to yourself!

Wagering Recommendation: $100 Bankroll, Graduated Wager WPS #2 ($10-W, $15-P, $75-S)


Spotlight Race of the Day: (Race 11: Dirt, 7F, Spinaway S. (G1), $300k, 2F):

The “featured” Grade 1 Spinaway S. is a last chance for young 2-yr-old filles to make a summer splash. They will be maturing at a rapid rate from here on out, so this purse score could put them ahead in the NYRA Division going back to Aqueduct this fall (Belmont is being held in Ozone Park, fyi …). This could be Todd Pletcher’s big day, and he has a nice daughter of Practical Joke headed to the post. Kaling #1 won her debut for Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners in late July with Flavien Prat aboard. If she can replicate the tracking victory, moving from a MSW to a G1, then hats-off to her. Prat is riding particularly well, but he is coming back from a cross country trip to Del Mar … maybe that will play a factor in his being fatigued? Doubt it … just fun to mention. I like this entry, but when it comes to a top choice I am “all in” on Mark Casse’s Wonder Wheel #9. She also gets a SoCal shipping jockey in HOF-er John Velazquez, who went out to ride Bob Baffert’s Country Grammer. Trained by another HOF-er, his mount on Sunday won impressively at Churchill Downs in the Debutante S. $175k. When you post the kind of speed fig that she did, it is one of those markers in the form. Her recent works on the Oklahoma Track speak to the fact that she is ready for her Spa debut. These Into Mischiefs just keep going and going … One other runner that I need to include is “The Coach’s” Naughty Gal #4. Also by Mischief, she won the Adirondack (G3) in early August. Jose Ortiz runs this offense, and wouldn’t it be something to see this filly get to the winner’s circle. It was D.W. Lukas’ birthday last week, so this would be quite a present. Here we go … the Saratoga Sunday is underway!

Wagering Recommendation: $2 Exacta Box, 1/4/9


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