What a historic day of racing we just witnessed. Yesterday lived up to everything I ever could’ve hoped to and more. Each race had a different storyline and provided thrill after thrill. We also witnessed a sneak peek of some of the potential runners that might reappear at the Breeders Cup in early November. We cap off the weekend with today’s feature: the Better Talk Now Stakes. As always I have written previews for the maiden special weight (MSW) races.
Saratoga Meet Statistics (7/31 thru 8/23):
|Races||Top 4 Wins||Top 4 Exactas||Top 4 Trifectas||Top 4 Supers|
Race 1: $78,000 MSW for New York-bred 2-year-old fillies going 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf
Unlike many of the other entries in this field #4 Sea of Blue doesn’t have a sky-high price tag. However, this does not mean she won’t be a live runner first time out. Sea of Blue will look to win first time out like her sire, Midshipman. Midshipman hit the track winning four out of his first five races. Kiaran McLaughlin is giddy about this two-year-old filly and expects big things out of her moving forward.
#2 Wicked Whisper has some of the best connections that a two-year-old can have with Steve Asmussen and Ricardo Santana Jr. These two have won at 19% with 643 trips in 2019. Steve had this filly down in Kentucky but recently brought her up here to get a feel for the Saratoga track. She looked great in the mornings and should be the post-time favorite in this shortened field.
I don’t remember the last time Barclay Tagg only had 15 entries this late in a Saratoga meet. His runners are not to be outdone as he’s been in the money 33% of the time. He sends out #5 Highland Glory who has the most impressive four furlong of this bunch. At :48.00 she clearly has top-end speed. I expect Junior Alvarado to explode out of the gate with this filly from the start.
#7 Stop Shoppin Tammy comes into this field with a $625,000 price tag attached to her. Philip Bauer has been on fire at this meet and Eric Cancel is a more than capable jockey. Personally, I don’t think this horse will go off at 8-1 as her morning line odds indicate. I don’t expect her to be on the lead early, as her front-end speed doesn’t quite compare to the other first-timers. In saying this, I expect Eric Cancel to sit off the pace and let the other fillies battle it out and wouldn’t be surprised if Stop Shoppin Tammy made her presence felt at the end.
Ricky’s Picks: 4-2-5-7