Friday’s Saratoga picks – Aug. 20

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Now that was a lot of rain. The remnants of Tropical Storm Fred washed away all of Thursday’s grass races and figure to do the same for Friday’s 10-race card, which features a half dozen carded for the turf.

Count the featured $120,000 Skidmore for 2-year-olds in that group of in-jeopardy turf races. The ninth on the card with a post time of 5:39 p.m. ET, the Skidmore lured 10 entries that include three for the main track only in Averly Jane, Backnthewoods and Golden Bell. Several others, including 8-5 morning-line favorite Kaufymaker and 5-2 third choice Overbore, have dirt form and could factor on either surface for trainer Wesley Ward.

The handicappers undoubtedly went over the card thinking races would be rained off. Now they’ll have to see how many stay together if, and when, the decision is made to run everything on the main track.

Here are the picks for Friday, Aug. 20.

JOHN SHAPAZIAN (83/265, 31.3 percent):
1-Mr. Briggs, Fifty Sheas Ofgrey, Fingal.
2-Makin My Move, Empire Lily, Speranza.
3-Market Alert, Three Outlaws, Scuttlebuzz.
4-Hoopla, Roman entry, Rickys Revenge.
5-Sundaewithsandy, Kingham Hill, Resilient Courage.
6-Singita Dreams, Flighty Lady, Capital Structure.
7-Gimme Some Mo, Road To Success, Moonlight Now.
8-Critical Threat, Wicked Indeed, Royal Realm.
9-Averly Jane, Kaufymaker, Pure Panic.
10-Salino, Never Content, Gabby Squared.

TOM LAW (87/265, 32.8 percent):
1-Mr. Briggs, Subsidize, Hilliard.
2-Makin My Move, Empire Lily, Speranza.
3-Market Alert, Scuttlebuzz, Scocciatore.
4-Roman entry, Hoopla, Clemenza.
5-Resilient Courage, Kingdom On Paws, Achilles Heel.
6-Singita Dreams, Emilia’s Moon, Flighty Lady.
7-Road To Success, Moonlight Now, Gimme Some Mo.
8-Jake Rocks, Wicked Indeed, Royal Realm.
9-Kaufymaker, Overbore, Averly Jane.
10-Never Content, Dearest Kitten, Malibu Anthem.

CHARLES BEDARD (75/265, 28.3 percent):
1-Mr. Briggs, Chao, Subsidize.
2-Bells On Her Toes, Silver Fist, Succulent.
3-Market Alert, New York’s Finest, Scuttlebuzz.
4-Roman entry, Clemenza, Hoopla.
5-Achilles Heel, Resilient Courage, Kingdom On Paws.
6-Singita Dreams, Flighty Lady, Capital Structure.
7-Road To Success, Scotto, Gimme Some Mo.
8-Jake Rocks, Wicked Indeed, Repo Rocks.
9-Kaufymaker, Averly Jane, Overbore.
10-Gabby Squared, Never Content, Sweet Mission.

ROB WHITLOCK (73/265, 27.5 percent):
1- Mr Briggs, City Magic, Subsidize.
2-Makin My Move, Empire Lily, Bells On Her Toes.
3-Market Alert, Alphalfa, Three Outlaws.
4-Clemenza, Abdan, Recidivist.
5-Achilles Heel, Sundaywithsandy, Makart.
6-Emilias Moon, Singita Dreams, Enjoyitwhilewecan.
7-Moonlight Now, Gimme Some Mo, Road To Success.
8-Mister Luigi, Full Court Press, Wicked Indeed.
9-Averly Jane, Overbore, Kaufymaker.
10-Malibu Anthem, Dearest Kitten, Never Content.

JESSICA PAQUETTE (60/265, 22.6 percent):
1-City Magic, Hilliard, Fingal.
2-Beautiful Banks, Silver Fist, Trinity Titoli.
3-Three Outlaws, New York’s Finest, Socciatore.
4-Recidivist, Hoopla, Blame It On Brutus.
5-Kingham Hill, Resilient Courage, Makart.
6-Cat’s Pajamas, Flighty Lady, Bramble Bay.
7-Road To Success, Scotto, Lokoya Road.
8-Repo Rocks, Jake Rocks, Critical Threat.
9-Pure Panic, Kaufymaker, Backnthewoods.
10-Gabby Squared, Never Content, Sweet Mission.