Saratoga Friday: Golden Pal, America’s Best Turf Sprinter Returns

By | August 4, 2022

Saratoga will host 2 stakes races on Friday. The Troy will feature the ultra talented Wesley Ward trainee, Golden Pal. He was installed as the odds on favorite in the race.

Saratoga- Race 1

Post: 1:05 PM ET; $75k Starter Handicap going 7 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 6

  • #5 CUSTOMEREXPERIENCE (2-1) gets the top selection. This one has the top overall power rating in the group.
  • #1 WELL SPENT (9-5) could be in with a shot in this race. This one has solid early pace figures in a race that looks to lack a ton of front running speed.
  • #2 MIA BEA STAR (5-1) feels like a fringe contender in this spot. She has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #6 INDIAN BELLA (9-2) feels like a fringe contender in this spot. She makes sense on speed figures.

Selections: 5 – 1 – 2 – 6

Saratoga- Race 2

Post: 1:39 PM ET; $55k Claiming going 1 1/16 miles on turf; Entries: 11

  • #10 MAYBE LATER (2-1) is the top pick. She has the top speed figures and power rating in the group.
  • #3 MAMA RINA (9-2) appears to be a major player in this race. She may benefit from a hot pace up front.
  • #7 COMMAND POINT (9-5) appears to be a major player in this race. She seems to fit well enough here.
  • #5 QUARIA THUNDER (10-1) is a price horse and should be competitive in this spot. She should be part of the early pace in this spot.

Selections: 10- 3 – 7 – 5

Saratoga- Race 3

Post: 2:15 PM ET; $42k Maiden Claiming going 6 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 7

  • #2 DEVIL OR ANGEL (3-1) looks best here. He has the pedigree to be a major player in this spot.
  • #1 THE OTHER CHAD (6-1) should improve off the first start and should be competitive in this spot.
  • #6 CAPT’ REMINGTON (7-2) should be a player here. He will be rolling late and has a good closing kick that could get the job done here.
  • #3 BARONE MARCHIS (7-2) could be in with a shot in this race. He has to be respected going out for the combination of Noda and Ortiz.

Selections: 2 – 1 – 6 – 3

Saratoga- Race 4

Post: 2:49 PM ET; $55k Claiming going 7 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 7

  • #2 JEMOGRAPHY (4-1) gets the top selection. He has solid early pace figures in a race that looks to lack a ton of front running speed.
  • #3 TAPIZEARANCE (5-2) appears to be a major player in this race. This one comes into the race in really good form.
  • #7 GANDY DANCING (10-1) should be sitting in the second tier of runners and looking to make one well timed run at the leaders.
  • #5 MAGNETRON (3-1) should be competitive in this spot. He projects to sit mid pack and come with one run.

Selections: 2 – 3 – 7 – 5

Saratoga- Race 5

Post: 3:21 PM ET; $115k Allowance going 1 1/2 miles on turf; Entries: 13

  • #5 RHEAUME (4-1) is the top pick. She seems to class up well here.
  • #1 SHAD NATION (5-2) appears to be a major player in this race. She has races good enough to beat this group.
  • #11 WASP (2-1) makes sense on speed figures. This one could get the right setup in this race.
  • #7 GOOD MEASURE (8-1) should be competitive in this spot. She comes into the race in really good form.

Selections: 5 – 1 – 11- 7

Saratoga- Race 6

Post: 3:55 PM ET; $83k Maiden Special Weight going 5 1/2 furlongs on turf; Entries: 10

  • #2 LOVE TANK (7-2) looks best here. She has the pedigree to be a major player in this spot.
  • #8 STELLAR LADY (3-1) should improve off the first start and feels like a fringe contender in this spot. She has races good enough to beat this group.
  • #10 SHE’LL NEVER KNOW (8-1) has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #9 BELLA COSA (8-1) debuts here and is probably best to put underneath on the ticket.

Selections: 2 – 8 – 10- 9

Saratoga- Race 7

Post: 4:29 PM ET; $42k Claiming going 1 mile on dirt; Entries: 9

  • #5 RAGTIME BLUES (9-2) gets the top selection. He shouldn’t have trouble with the 1 mile distance.
  • #4 DIRECT ORDER (3-1) makes sense on speed figures.
  • #3 LIL COMMISSIONER (5-2) has tactical speed and can sit just off the leaders for a stalk and pounce trip.
  • #7 HANDY (8-1) has the stamina to carry the speed the mile.

Selections: 5 – 4 – 3 – 7

Saratoga- Race 8

Post: 5:05 PM ET; $200k National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame S. going 1 mile on turf; Entries: 9

  • #5 STOLEN BASE (8-1) is the top pick at a price. He should be involved early and the price provides more value than the other top pick.
  • #9 TIZ THE BOMB (7-2) is a co-top pick, but offers less value. He also has solid early pace figures in a race that looks to lack a ton of front running speed.
  • #6 READY TO PURRFORM (9-2) appears to be a major player in this race. This one goes out for Cox and Rosario.
  • #4 WOW WHATA SUMMER (20-1) is a price horse that could outrun the odds. This one comes into the race in really good form.

Selections: 5 – 9 – 6 – 4

Saratoga- Race 9

Post: 5:39 PM ET; $300k Troy S. presented by Horse Racing Ireland going 5 1/2 furlongs on turf; Entries: 7

Golden Pal wins at Saratoga
Golden Pal | Photo Credit NYRA Photo
  • #5 GOLDEN PAL (1-2) looks best here. This horse is just a beast on American turf.
  • #6 TRUE VALOUR (8-1) could be in with a shot in this race. He will likely be in the first flight of runners and should be in with a chance late.
  • #4 CAROTARI (6-1) isn’t without hope. He may benefit from a hot pace up front.
  • #1 SPYCRAFT (15-1) is a solid price horse who seems to be running for the minor placings in this contest.

Selections: 5 – 6 – 4 – 1

Saratoga- Race 10

Post: 6:13 PM ET; $42k Maiden Claiming going 7 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 9

  • #6 WICKED LADY (5-2) gets the top selection going out for Mcpeek and Leparoux.
  • #4 BIG BEAN CHRISTINE (7-2) has races good enough to beat this group. This one has to be respected going out for the combination of Grossman and Saez.
  • #7 SKYWARD PRINCESS (7-2) goes out for the Brown barn and gets Franco in the irons. This one has the pedigree to be a major player in this spot.
  • #5 ROZ (10-1) is a price horse and is probably best to put underneath on most tickets. She’s hit the board in this type of race before.

Selections: 6 – 4 – 7 – 5

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