Friday’s Saratoga picks – July 30

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Rains washed away all but one of Thursday’s grass races at Saratoga Race Course and more heavy downpours in the early evening could do the same Friday for the 10-race card that kicks off the weekend.

Five of the 10 races are scheduled for the grass but not the feature, the $120,000 Curlin Stakes for 3-year-olds at 9 furlongs. A field of seven entered the Curlin, a restricted race to non-winners of a stakes over a mile in 2021. First Captain, the co-Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select sale topper two years ago at $1.5 million, won the Grade 3 Dwyer at 1 mile last time out and is the 7-5 favorite for trainer Shug McGaughey.

The Saratoga Special’s handicappers are back for another Friday card and Charles Bedard looks to keep his hot hand after picking six winners Thursday. That moved him into a tie with John Shapazian for second on The Special’s standings with 34 wins, six behind leader Tom Law.

Here are the picks for Friday, July 30. Good luck.

JOHN SHAPAZIAN (34/111, 30.6 percent):
1-Sugar And Speights, Loaban’s Legacy, Free Ninety Nine.
2-Repole entry, Centavo, Risk Manager.
3-Advance Notice, Montauk Daddy, Tomato Bill.
4-Control Group, Too Early, Sea Foam.
5-The Big Kahuna, Speed Effect, Matty’s Marauder.
6-American Xperiment, Castle Leoch, Top Gun Girl.
7-Winter Pool, Runnin’ Ray, Hombrazo.
8-Claytnthelionheart, Galawi, Eyes On Target.
9-First Captain, Harvard, Miles D.
10-Lookin To Fly, Highway Queen, To The Tune.

TOM LAW (40/111, 36 percent):
1-Laoban’s Legacy, Sugar And Speights, Free Ninety Nine.
2-Pletcher entry, Blue Cat, Risk Manager.
3-Advance Notice, Tomato Bill, Kasim.
4-Control Group, Too Early, Sea Foam.
5-The Big Kahuna, Coach Babe, This Ill Defend.
6-American Xperiment, Castle Leoch, Top Gun Girl.
7-Winter Pool, Tiz Rye Time, Runnin’ Ray.
8-Claytnthelionheart, Mud Pie, Compliant.
9-First Captain, Beren, Dynamic One.
10-Lookin To Fly, Highway Queen, Constitutionalrage.

CHARLES BEDARD (34/111, 30.6 percent):
1-One Track Mine, Sugar And Speights, Trinity Titoli.
2-Hyperfocus, Joqular, Chao.
3-Advance Notice, Montauk Daddy, Tenure.
4-Control Group, Evaluator, Too Early.
5-The Big Kahuna, Coach Bahe, Litterbox.
6-Big Invasion, Castle Leoch, Slipstream.
7-Running’ Ray, Winter Pool, Hombrazo.
8-Compliant, Exult, Mud Pie.
9-Dynamic One, Harvard, First Captain.
10-Constitutionalrage, Lemon Taffy, Mill Stone Creek.

ROB WHITLOCK (32/111, 28.8 percent):
1-Curly Girl, Sweet Sugar Baby, One Track Mine.
2-Pletcher entry, Chao, Risk Manager.
3-Advance Notice, Montauk Daddy, Tomato Bill.
4-Sea Foam, Control Group, Too Early.
5-The Big Kahuna, Coach Bahe, This Ill Defend.
6-Life Is Great, Castle Leoch, Street N Sour.
7-Winter Pool, Hombrazo, Top Gun Tommy.
8-Claynthelionheart, Compliant, Actuary.
9-First Captain, Snow House, Dynamic One.
10-Highway Queen, Home For Christmas, Killoean Rose.

JESSICA PAQUETTE (24/111, 21.6 percent):
1-Free Ninety Nine, One Track Mine, Sugar And Speights.
2-Chao, Hyper Focus, Blue Cat.
3-Zanno, Tomato Bill, Ahead Of Plan.
4-Fort Worth, Control Group, Sea Foam.
5-The Big Kahuna, Scotto, Matty’s Marauder.
6-Piqua, Top Gun Girl, Street N Sour.
7-Top Gun Tommy, Beachwalker, Winter Pool.
8-Galawai, Eyes On Target, Compliant.
9-First Captain, Snow House, Miles D.
10-Highway Queen, To The Tune, Home For Christmas.