It’s Saratoga Opening Weekend, And It’s Time to Gamble

Featured, Sports and Bets — July 20, 2013 at 12:03 pm by

The best meet on the east coast is upon us as Saratoga Racetrack began their yearly summer races yesterday.  For you clueless wonders out there, Saratoga is in upstate New York and is a famous annual pilgrimage for horseplayers everywhere.  Here in Baltimore it means our attention turns north for a month and a half.  It also means that one of my favorite gambling weekends of the year is not too far off.  That of course is Labor Day weekend, which features local racing at Timonium for the State Fair, coupled with what is always closing weekend at Saratoga.  But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves, there’s money to win now.toga in

Saratoga is celebrating its 150th anniversary.  Horseracing has been a part of our American culture for a long time, and Saratoga is chock full of racing history and nostalgia. I would enjoy making it a historic day for myself by winning tons of cash, here’s my picks for Saturday, July 20th at the Spa.

Race 1: #6 Heart of New York (3-1)  This filly has been in decent recent form and her last featured a rough start at the gate.  Looking for her to be rolling big down the stretch.  Trainer Chad Brown and jockey Joel Rosario are among the best in the biz and add to the appeal.

Race 2: #8 Gentle Jim (6-1) The favorite here may be vulnerable, so I’ll look to this speedball in this state bred turf sprint. The cut back in distance will help, and if he runs to his last that 45.40 half mile should put him on the front end late.  Come and catch me.

Race 3:  #6 Lady of Gold (6-1) Decent field for this turf stakes race.  Lady of Gold is coming off a nice race back and this barn does well with 2nd off lay off spots.  If Lezcano can keep her just off the pace, she’ll have first run at the leaders in the turn for home.  6-1 odds make her a heavy longshot play.

Race 4: #2 Hot Rendezvous (7-2) Was close a few times in maiden runs, time to break down the door.

Race 5: #4 Noosh’s Tale (3-1)  The Noosh has been in good form but has just missed at the wire in back to back starts. Time for a good trip and a break for the Noosh.

Race 6: #8 Night Manever (4-1) Will be real hard to beat if runs to last race.  Great form and ability to stalk the speed add to the appeal.  Maragh stays on board despite other options.  Go baby go.Saratoga

Race 7: #4 Even Got Quiet (6-1) Classic speed duel should set up our colt here nicely from off the pace.  Great effort last out coming off a long vacation.  All systems go babes.

Race 8: #7 Charlie’s Picnic:  Solid efforts and Beyers in first two starts, great connections, and bullet work all make this guy a contender.  Hammer.

Race 9: #7 Authenticity:  Pletcher miss looks tough in this spot.  Probably will be a two horse showdown between her and Preakness day winner Summer Applause.

Race 10: #2 Cue The Moon  Ready to gamble?  Longshot special goes against heavy weights Princess of Sylmar and Unlimited Budget in a short field.  Blinkers added and works have been real pleasant.  Bond probably wouldn’t put her here if he didn’t feel he had a shot. Roll the dice.

There you have it babes.  Have fun and play to win!

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