Archive for August 15th, 2009

Day 16 At Saratoga — Not Feeling So “Grand” (8/15)

Aug 15th, 2009 | By | Category: Saratoga, Today's Picks

Another beautiful day at The Spa, with a fast main track and a firm turf course.  Since my best bets have not been running so well, how about a “best bet against” pick.  In race 10, the grade 1 Sword Dancer, Grand Couturier (#1) is trying for the 3-peat like Commentator was last week and will be the favorite.  I’ll be betting against him because the course is firmer than he would like and there is little pace in the race  which will definitely compromise his late running style!  I’m using a 3-speed number — Laura (#3), Musketier (#10) and Quijano (#3) in an exacta box and using all in doubles and pick 3′s.

In race 8, trainer Bill Mott has Stroll For Acure (#2) dropping in class and ready for a top effort.  Mott and Kent Desormeaux are going great on the turf, just like two years ago, and I look for that trend to continue today!

Here’s the entire card and good luck!

Race 1: 9, 2 and 1

Race 2: 3 and 2

Race 3: 4 with 8 and 5

Race 4: 2 with 8 and 1

Race 5: 8 with 9 and 1

Race 6: 6 with 3 and 8

Race 7: 6 with 3 and 4

Race 8: 2 (Best Bet) with 6 and 1

Race 9: 5 with 8 and 7

Race 10: 3 (Best Bet) with 10 and 8

Race 11: 6 with 3 and 8