After an amazing Travers Stakes (G1) weekend, we only have six racing days left at the Spa in 2019. We still get plenty of great racing to watch, starting with one of my favorite stakes races at Saratoga. Wednesday’s card features the 15th running of the With Anticipation Stakes (G3) which showcases some of the best 2-year-olds on the turf. Before that, we have three Maiden Special Weight (MSW) races to preview.
Saratoga Meet Statistics (7/31 thru 8/25):
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Race 4: $90,000 MSW for fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and upward going 6 furlongs on the dirt
Dermot Magner will send his 3-year-old filly #5 Bye Bye Nicky out on the dirt for the first time. She’s been a clear favorite in three of her five appearances, all on turf courses and doesn’t deserve any excuses for not getting into the winner’s circle by now. She trained pretty well in her most recent morning work, going 4 furlongs in :48.71 on the dirt. She clearly has turf pedigree from Point of Entry, one of the best turf horses that we’ve ever seen, but she has a lot of dirt pedigree from Ghostzapper as well. At a price, don’t be surprised if she is able to wire this field in her dirt debut.
#8 Rapido Gatta will look to break her maiden after failing to do so in her first three starts. Javier Castellano put this filly out to the lead and proceeded to rate her. I don’t criticize Javier often, but I think that he used her too quickly. Once she fell off the initial pace, she didn’t have much left when she was asked to go four-wide down the stretch. Jose Ortiz is aboard now, who will hopefully give Rapido Gatta a much better trip.
Chad Brown will possibly add to his insurmountable lead in the trainer standings with first-timer #4 Indian Pride. Back on August 16, she ran 4 furlongs on the dirt at :47.43, a time that shows she clearly will have speed at first ask. Her sire, Proud Citizen, was a dirt sprinter who ran four times at Saratoga, including the Hopeful Stakes (G1) as a 2-year-old and the Whitney Stakes (G1) as a 4-year-old.
#3 Doll Collection comes out of the same race as Rapido Gatta back on July 27. She continues to have bad breaks out of the gate, which makes things difficult for her. I’m hoping that the switch from Tyler Gaffalione to John Velazquez helps, but I think that she’s more than talented to win. Ralph Nicks wins at 20% with dirt sprinters, so assuming she breaks well out of the gate, she is a clear player deserving of attention.
Ricky’s Picks: 5-8-4-3