Saratoga Sunday: Ballerina Stakes Cures the Travers Hangover

Chris Adams

There’s never a dull day at Saratoga. The day after the midsummer derby features a pair of stakes. The Better Talk Now and the Ballerina serve as co-features on Sunday.

Saratoga- Race 1

Post: 1:05 PM ET; $105k Maiden Special Weight going 1 1/16 miles on turf; Entries: 14

  • #11 FREYDIS THE RED (8-1) should improve off the first start and gets the top selection based on pedigree.
  • #2 XIGERA (3-1) goes out for the second time and hit the board in the first start. A little improvement should be good enough here.
  • #3 CANDLE (6-1) ran a decent race at first asking and could improve in the 2nd start.
  • #10 FOREVER DIXIE (8-1) has solid early pace figures in a race that looks to lack a ton of front running speed.

Selections: 11- 2 – 3 – 10

Saratoga- Race 2

Post: 1:39 PM ET; $70k Starter Allowance going 1 1/8 miles on dirt; Entries: 6

  • #1 ENDOWED (2-1) is the top pick. He has races good enough to beat this group.
  • #4 BOLD VICTORY (7-2) looks to be the class of the field. This one will likely have a lot to do in the lane, but could get up with a competitive run.
  • #3 CRYO (3-1) has tactical speed and can sit just off the leaders for a stalk and pounce trip.
  • #5 HIGHER QUALITY (4-1) has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.

Selections: 1 – 4 – 3 – 5

Saratoga- Race 3

Post: 2:15 PM ET; $70k Starter Allowance going 5 1/2 furlongs on turf; Entries: 9

  • #1A STUCK ON KITTEN (3-1) has the top overall power rating in the group.
  • #3 ABUSE OF POWER (8-5) appears to be a major player in this race. She will likely be in the first flight of runners and should be in with a chance late.
  • #4 THISMIGHTBETHEONE (6-1) could be a dangerous threat to get loose on the front end.
  • #7 BUSTIN BULLET (8-1) has to be respected going out for the combination of Miceli and Ortiz.

Selections: 1A – 3 – 4 – 7

Saratoga- Race 4

Post: 2:49 PM ET; $105k Maiden Special Weight going 1 1/8 miles on dirt; Entries: 7

  • #2 GASOLINE (2-1) gets the top selection. He has races good enough to beat this group.
  • #5 SIDEKICK (7-5) has the pedigree to be a major player in this spot.
  • #4 AFJAN (15-1) is a price horse and goes out for the Maker barn and gets Santana in the irons.
  • #6 BOLD LOOKER (6-1) could be in with a shot in this race. He has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.

Selections: 2 – 5 – 4 – 6

Saratoga- Race 5

Post: 3:21 PM ET; $115k Allowance going 1 mile on turf; Entries: 11

  • #4 MICROPHONE (2-1) is the top pick. He has the top overall power rating in the group.
  • #9 SHAWDYSHAWDYSHAWDY (4-1) should be sitting in the second tier of runners and looking to make one well timed run at the leaders. This one has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts.
  • #3 HIDDEN ENEMY (12-1) is a price horse that may benefit from a hot pace up front.
  • #6 IRWIN (6-1) projects to sit mid pack and come with one run.

Selections: 4 – 9 – 3 – 6

Saratoga- Race 6

Post: 3:55 PM ET; $105k Maiden Special Weight going 6 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 11

  • #11 ALPHA BELLA (9-2) debuts here and looks best here. She has to be respected going out for the combination of Pletcher and Ortiz.
  • #4 HIGH CLASS (4-1) should improve off the first start and could be a dangerous threat to get loose on the front end.
  • #10 MARIA FROM MIAMI (15-1) is a price horse that is well bred for this spot.
  • #9 LOVE TO SHOP (7-2) debuts here and could be in with a shot in this race.

Selections: 11- 4 – 10- 9

Saratoga- Race 7

Post: 4:29 PM ET; $50k Claiming going 5 1/2 furlongs on turf; Entries: 11

  • #2 FREEDOMOFTHEPRESS (5-2) gets the top selection. This one has races good enough to beat this group.
  • #6 SUMMER AT THE SPA (6-1) has the top overall power rating in the group.
  • #1 O'GOTTEN GIRL (4-1) appears to be a major player in this race. She should be able to carry her speed from start to finish.
  • #11 BEAUTIFUL KAREN (5-2) looks to be the class of the field. This one has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.

Selections: 2 – 6 – 1 – 11

Saratoga- Race 8

Post: 5:05 PM ET; $135k Better Talk Now S. going 1 mile on turf; Entries: 10

Napoleonic War wins at Belmont which is on the same circuit as Saratoga.
Napoleonic War | New York Racing Association
  • #7 NAPOLEONIC WAR (2-1) is the top pick. He makes sense on speed figures. This one has the top overall power rating in the group.
  • #4 WIT (9-5) appears to be a major player in this race. He looks to be the class of the field. This one has the top overall power rating in the group. This one had some super impressive dirt tries, the question will be how it translate to the lawn.
  • #1 LEGENDS CAN'T DIE (5-1) has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #9 OHTWOOHTHREEFIVE (10-1) is a price horse and will likely be in the first flight of runners and should be in with a chance late.

Selections: 7 – 4 – 1 – 9

Saratoga- Race 9

Post: 5:39 PM ET; $500k Ballerina H. going 7 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 7

Lady Rocket wins easily in New York on the circuit that features Saratoga
Lady Rocket | Coglianese Photo
  • #4 LADY ROCKET (6-1) appears to be a major player in this race. She runs evenly and looks to get a very fair pace scenario here.
  • #7 GOODNIGHT OLIVE (5-1) has to be respected going out for the combination of Brown and Ortiz.
  • #5 BELLA SOFIA (7-2) has races good enough to beat this group. This one has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #1 CE CE (2-1) is the class of the field. She has proven herself in these types of races.

Selections: 4 – 7 – 5 – 1

Saratoga- Race 10

Post: 6:13 PM ET; $105k Maiden Special Weight going 5 1/2 furlongs on turf; Entries: 16

  • #12 JAVA BUZZ (4-1) looks like a legitimate upsetter with plenty of experience.
  • #2 ROCKET'S RED GLARE (7-2) should improve off the first start and should be competitive in this spot.
  • #9 UPPER LEVEL (8-1) runs evenly and looks to get a very fair pace scenario here.
  • #15 JESTER'S SONG (5-2) has really consistent pace figures which should work well in a moderately paced race.

Selections: 12- 2 – 9 – 15

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Chris Adams
Chris Adams

Chris first got introduced to horse racing in 2009 at Canterbury Park (Shakopee, MN). Along with handicapping and betting, Chris has worked as a teller at his local track and participated in ownership partnerships. He now enjoys sharing his passion with his wife and two young daughters who love going out to the track each and every summer.

Chris first got introduced to horse racing in 2009 at Canterbury Park (Shakopee, MN). Along with handicapping and betting, Chris has worked as a teller at his local track and participated in ownership partnerships. He now enjoys sharing his passion with his wife and two young daughters who love going out to the track each and every summer.