Friday’s Saratoga picks – July 31

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Whitney Day looms and a 10-race card Friday sets the table for what figures to be a big few days of racing at Saratoga Race Course.

Speaking of big, how about John Shapazian’s win total through 11 days of the meet? After another six-win day Thursday Shapazian’s 2020 record stands at 42-for-112, a strike rate of 37.5 percent. He’s picking almost four winners a day and could be on pace to crack 150 for the meet, which would be a personal best and surely an overall record.

He’s being pushed by Tom Law and Charles Bedard, who are locked in a good battle for second and not far off the lead. They also picked six winners apiece Thursday. Tom remains second with a record of 39-for-112 (34.8 percent) and Charles sits third at 37-for-112 (33 percent). Rob Whitlock trails but still brings a fairly respectable mark of 30-for-112 (26.8 percent) into Friday’s card.

The $100,000 Coronation Cup for 3-year-old fillies on the grass tops Friday’s card. A field of nine entered the 5 1/2-furlong stakes, including the Wesley Ward duo of Karak and Artie’s Princess and the first three finishers from last month’s Lady Shipman Stakes in Bredenbury, She’s My Type and Miss J McKay.

The handicappers’ pick will return to the digital edition of The Saratoga Special presented by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners for Saturday’s Whitney Day card. Check back Sunday for the selections here at Here are the picks for Friday, July 31. Good luck.

JOHN SHAPAZIAN (42/112, 37.5 percent):
1-Stylish Rags, Pazzion, Our Bella Nicole.
2-Getoffmyback, Missile Bomb, Brush Country.
3-Prairie Wings, Sursum Corda, Sengekontacket.
4-Lady T N T, Liza Star, Pacific Gale.
5-Silent Empress, Dream Chasing, Sandra’s Mine.
6-Empire Line, Jerome Avenue, Zealous.
7-Gravitas, Dynadrive, Blanket Of Roses.
8-Jewel Of Arabia, Flashpackinbarbie, Thea’s Theme.
9-Artie’s Princess, She’s My Type, Bredenbury.
10-Hurricane Breeze, Princess Fawzia, Come Storming.

TOM LAW (39-for-112, 34.8 percent):
1-Stylish Rags, Pazzion, Doyouknowwhoiam.
2-Getoffmyback, Zonic, Missle Bomb.
3- Prairie Wings, Sursum Corda, Sengekontacket.
4-Pacific Gale, What A Fox, Liza Star.
5-Dream Chasing, Silent Empress, High School Crush.
6-Empire Line, Zealous, Cavaradossi.
7-Dynadrive, Blanket Of Roses, Bad Beat Brian.
8-Jewel Of Arabia, Flashpackinbarbie, Thea’s Theme.
9-Artie’s Princess, Bredenbury, She’s My Type.
10-Princess Fawzia, Come Storming, Lido Key.

CHARLES BEDARD (37-for-112, 33 percent):
1-Our Bella Nicole, Pazzion, Stylish Rags.
2-Getoffmyback, Business Cycle, Missle Bomb.
3-Prairie Wings, Sursum Corda, Wicked Happy.
4-Liza Star, Lady T N T, Unholy Alliance.
5-Love Me Tomorrow, Silent Empress, Little Red Button.
6-Empire Line, Jerome Avenue, Cobble Hill.
7-Bad Beat Brian, Dynadrive, Me And Mr. C.
8-Jewel Of Arabia, Flashpackinbarbie, Bustin Scones.
9-She’s My Type, Artie’s Princess, Always Inthe Munny.
10-Lido Key, Hurricane Breeze, Come Storming.

ROB WHITLOCK (30-for-112, 26.8 percent):
1-Dash To The Top, Pazzion, Stylish Rags.
2-Brush Country, Zonic, Missle Bomb.
3-Sengekontacket, Sursum Corda, Empire Lady.
4-Liza Star, Unholy Alliance, Pacific Gale.
5-Funny Pursuit, Silent Empress, Vinita.
6-Empire Line, Zealous, Cobble Hill.
7-Bad Beat Brian, Blanket Of Roses, Future Book.
8-Wailin Josie, Jewel Of Arabia, Happy Sophia.
9-She’s My Type, Snippy, Artie’s Princess.
10-Roziere, Strike Magic, Lido Key.