Saratoga Sunday: Grade 3 Pair with Adirondack, Saratoga Oaks

Chris Adams

The Sunday Saratoga card features 2 grade 3 stakes races. The Saratoga Oaks is on turf while the Adirondack will be contested on dirt.

Sunday Full Card Analysis

The card is loaded with maiden races. The tote board in these events are often dominated by “smart money” from the barns. Players are wise to use the tote board to guide their final selections on race day.

Saratoga- Race 1

Post: 1:05 PM ET; $105k Maiden Special Weight going 5 1/2 furlongs on turf; Entries: 9

  • #8 TALKIN PHAROAH (8-5) should improve off the first start and gets the top selection for Ward and Ortiz.
  • #1 MO'S TREASURE (8-1) has kept good company in the previous efforts.
  • #3 CHIRINGO (4-1) debuts here at a short price which is usually a good sign.
  • #7 CERTIFIED LOVERBOY (7-2) comes into the race off a productive enough debut effort.

Selections: 8 – 1 – 3 – 7

Saratoga- Race 2

Post: 1:39 PM ET; $46k Claiming going 1 mile on dirt; Entries: 7

  • #1 CRITICAL THREAT (3-1) is the top pick. He projects to sit mid pack and come with one run.
  • #4 GOOD SKATE (4-1) should be competitive in this spot based on his class.
  • #3 BLUE JAYS (7-5) has races good enough to beat this group.
  • #5 MAJESTIC TIGER (5-1) will likely be in the first flight of runners and should be in with a chance late.

Selections: 1 – 4 – 3 – 5

Saratoga- Race 3

Post: 2:15 PM ET; $125k Allowance Optional Claiming going 6 1/2 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 7

  • #2 GOODNIGHT OLIVE (4-5) looks best here and goes out for Brown and Ortiz.
  • #7 PIECE OF MY HEART (6-1) may benefit from a hot pace up front.
  • #3 DEALING JUSTICE (6-1) has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts.
  • #6 FOUETTE (8-1) makes sense on speed figures.

Selections: 2 – 7 – 3 – 6

Saratoga- Race 4

Post: 2:49 PM ET; $200k Adirondack S. going 6 1/2 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 6

  • #5 JANIS JOPLIN (9-2) gets the top selection and will be rolling late and has a good closing kick that could get the job done here.
  • #3 PROMISE OF HOPE (4-1) should improve off the first start and makes sense on speed figures. Amoss has been good with the young horses this year.
  • #2 NAUGHTY GAL (8-5) comes into the race in really good form. This one wouldn’t be a surprise in the winner’s circle, but the price may be a bit short at post.
  • #1 APPLE PICKER (5-1) should improve off the first start and has really consistent pace figures which should work well in a moderately paced race.

Selections: 5 – 3 – 2 – 1

Saratoga- Race 5

Post: 3:21 PM ET; $105k Maiden Special Weight going 7 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 11

  • #1 JUST AN ANGEL (5-1) should improve off the first start and has hit the board in this type of race before.
  • #5 TRIBAL QUEEN (6-1) had a good enough debut to expect a step forward here.
  • #7 WILL BE FAMOUS (10-1) is a price horse that could outrun the odds if they try to kick clear and hide.
  • #6 BISSET (9-2) projects to be sitting in the second tier of runners and looking to make one well timed run at the leaders.

Selections: 1 – 5 – 7 – 6

Saratoga- Race 6

Post: 3:55 PM ET; $105k Maiden Special Weight going 1 1/16 miles on turf; Entries: 13

  • #9 DELIGHT (5-2) has the pedigree to be a major player in this spot. The first start was solid and she should move forward off of it.
  • #10 LA MAZEL (6-1) debuts here and could be in with a shot in this race.
  • #11 CONSEILLANTE (9-2) debuts here for Brown and Ortiz. This one seems like a player.
  • #4 PINK HUE (7-2) is the other Chad Brown with Flavien Prat in the irons.

Selections: 9 – 10- 11- 4

Saratoga- Race 7

Post: 4:29 PM ET; $700k Saratoga Oaks Invitational S. going 1 3/16 miles on turf; Entries: 6

With the Moonlight wins before traveling to Saratoga
With the Moonlight | Photo Credit Megan Ridgewell
  • #3 WITH THE MOONLIGHT (5-2) gets the top selection. She shouldn't have trouble with the 1 3/16th mile distance.
  • #2 MCKULICK (8-5) will be rolling late and has a good closing kick that could get the job done here.
  • #6 OAKHURST (10-1) is a price horse that makes sense on speed figures.
  • #1 NEW YEAR'S EVE (8-1) has really consistent pace figures which should work well in a moderately paced race.

Selections: 3 – 2 – 6 – 1

Saratoga- Race 8

Post: 5:05 PM ET; $115k Allowance going 7 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 9

  • #8 PORTILLA (9-2) is the top pick. She has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #6 MINUTE WALTZ (6-1) appears to be a major player in this race. This one looks to be the class of the field.
  • #3 TO A T (15-1) is a price horse that will likely have a lot to do in the lane, but could get up with a competitive run.
  • #4 EMPIRE HOPE (3-1) should improve off the first start and appears to be a major player in this race going out for Chad Brown.

Selections: 8 – 6 – 3 – 4

Saratoga- Race 9

Post: 5:39 PM ET; $135k Fasig-Tipton De La Rose S. going 1 mile on turf; Entries: 10

  • #1 LOVE AND THUNDER (3-1) will be rolling late and has a good closing kick that could get the job done here.
  • #4 PLUM ALI (6-1) appears to be a major player in this race based on the class figures.
  • #5 JOUSTER (5-2) appears to have a shot in this race. She has decent recent form. There is a little concern that this one is boom or bust in these mile races.
  • #3 STUNNING PRINCESS (6-1) is in good form and runs evenly and looks to get a very fair pace scenario here.

Selections: 1 – 4 – 5 – 3

Saratoga- Race 10

Post: 6:13 PM ET; $50k Claiming going 1 1/16 miles on turf; Entries: 16

  • #10 MERCI (7-2) gets the top selection. He goes out for the Christophe Clement barn and gets Joel Rosario in the irons. This one may benefit from a hot pace up front.
  • #1 DIGITAL SOFTWARE (4-1) should be competitive in this spot. He will be rolling late and has a good closing kick that could get the job done here.
  • #13 SKYLANDER (8-1) should be competitive in this spot. He will need to work out a trip from the wide post.
  • #5 MASETA (6-1) feels like a fringe contender in this spot. He makes sense on speed figures and has kept good company of late.

Selections: 10- 1 – 13- 5

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