Friday’s Saratoga picks – Aug. 28

- -

Another big weekend on tap and a 10-race card that includes a pair of stakes to prime the pump.

Friday’s card starts with the $100,000 Times Square division of the New York Stallion Series, a restricted 6 ½-furlong event for 3-year-olds. Captain Bombastic, fourth in the Grade 1 H. Allen Jerkens Aug. 1 for Jeremiah Englehart, figures to be tough in his return to restricted company. The New York-bred son of Forty Tales took the Mike Lee two starts back and the Sleepy Hollow as a 2-year-old. He breaks from post two with Jose Ortiz and is 3-5 on the morning line.

The ninth race on the card is the Grade 3 Lake George for 3-year-old fillies on the grass. Sweet Melania, a maiden winner at Saratoga last summer and winner of the Grade 3 Wonder Again in her sophomore debut last time for Todd Pletcher, leads the field of 11 entered. Ortiz takes the call on the daughter of American Pharoah, who finished third in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.

The handicappers are back for another crack at Friday’s card after a soggy day Thursday. Check out their picks below and follow along. Good luck.

JOHN SHAPAZIAN (105/309, 34 percent):
1-Captain Bombastic, Dream Bigger, Slash Gordon.
2-Princess Fawzia, Herwaze, Come Storming.
3-Rejected Again, Swordsman, Bank On This.
4-Stage Left, Cobble Hill, Mister Bobby.
5-Herald Angel, Party At Page’s, Chilly Choos.
6-Black Magic Woman, Barista Vixen, Back Channel.
7-Big Engine, Rocket Heat, Fast Getaway.
8-Irish Front, Wild Medagliad’oro, Night Time.
9-Sweet Melania, Miss Peppina, Micheline.
10-Madam Deputy, Cainudothetwist, Beyond Brown.

TOM LAW (94/309, 30.4 percent):
1-Captain Bombastic, Dream Bigger, Chowda.
2-Princess Fawzia, Come Storming, Kemba.
3-Principal Dancer, Wardenofthenorth, Swordsman.
4-Stage Left, Majestic West, Cobble Hill.
5-Herald Angel, Party At Page’s, Dance Hall Queen.
6-Black Magic Woman, Back Channel, Barista Vixen.
7-Rocket Heat, Backtohisroots, New York’s Finest.
8-Irish Front, Wildmedagliad’oro, Blindwillie McTell.
9-Sweet Melania, Micheline, Cat’s Pajamas.
10-Spin Your Partner, Cainudothetwist, Beyond Brown.

CHARLES BEDARD (86/309, 27.8 percent):
1-Captain Bombastic, Dream Bigger, Slash Gordon.
2-Come Storming, Make Or Break, Hurricane Breeze.
3-Wardenofthenorth, Continuum, Bank On This.
4-Stage Left, Queen’s Mason, Majestic West.
5-Party At Page’s, Rock N Warrior, Violentiam.
6-Black Magic Woman, Back Channel, Dovima.
7-Big Engine, Battle Station, Sayyaaf.
8-Irish Front, Blindwillie McTell, Fed Funds.
9-Micheline, Cat’s Pajamas, Witez.
10-Beyond Brown, Memories Internal, Little Red Button.

ROB WHITLOCK (73/309, 23.6 percent):
1-Captain Bombastic, Dream Bigger, Chowda.
2-Coming Storm, Hurricane Breeze, Make Or Break.
3-Principal Dancer, Swordsman, Wardenofthenorth.
4-Stage Left, Cobble, Mister Bobby.
5-Party At Page’s, The Promised Road, She’s Majestic.
6-Dovima, Black Magic Woman, Barista Vixen.
7-Matta, Ghoul, Backtohisroots.
8-Blindwillie McTell, Irish Front, Famished.
9-Sweet Melania, Micheline, Cat’s Pajamas.
10-Madam Deputy, Canudothetwist, Little Red Button.