Friday’s Lucky Coin Stakes is one of my favorite races at Saratoga. Last year, Extravagant Kid went gate-to-wire in this race and held off Pocket Change down to the very wire. This year, we get to see quality runners such as Disco Partner and Strike Power try to claim victory in the turf sprint. With that in mind, we have three maiden special weight (MSW) races on tap.
Saratoga Meet Statistics (7/31 thru 8/28):
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Race 1: $78,000 MSW for New York-bred 3-year-olds and upward going 7 furlongs on dirt
#8 Freaky Styley (9/5) impressed in his debut, losing out to the favorite Golani Brigade, who had prior experience. Freaky Styley made up the most ground in the field from the back of the pack, and Joel Rosario is one of the best at bringing young horses from out of the heavens to the winners’ circle. I don’t think that he’ll be the overwhelming favorite, but playing him anywhere between 7/5 and 2/1 makes sense.
2019 has certainly done a world of good for #5 Luna’s in Charge (7/2). In his first start after the long layoff, he showed early speed, but it was obvious that he needed a race under his belt. In the following start, he ran out of time in a 6-furlong sprint. Phil Bauer has him in the right spot at this 7-furlong distance, and there is no better time than now for him to break his maiden status.
#7 Financialstability (2/1) debuted in the same race as Freaky Styley. He has all of the connections that a horse player would want: Klaravich Stables, Chad Brown, Jose Ortiz. He found himself down on the rail chasing Luna’s in Charge for most of the race, but expect him to be more forwardly-placed on the outside this time. The big question is, will Ortiz put him on the front, or will he rate him slightly to save a little for the end? He has the capability to do both and is a major contender here.
#3 Seven Plus Seven (15/1) never should’ve run on the turf last time out at Belmont Park. Two of his three prior races, all on the dirt, were pretty decent. I don’t know that he will win, but he has more than enough early speed to be a factor at a relatively long price. Nothing against Joel Rosario, but I prefer Irad Ortiz, Jr., if forced to pick between the two. He will be one of the biggest longshots on the board and can’t be left off of exotic or multi-race tickets.
Ricky’s Picks: 8-5-7-3