Friday’s Saratoga picks – July 15

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Clarkland Farm’s Just Cindy rolls to victory in Saratoga’s Schuylerville Stakes to highlight Opening Day of the 2022 meet. Tod Marks Photo.

The 2022 Saratoga Race Course meeting flashed from the gate Thursday and rolls ahead Friday with a 10-race card topped by a pair of stakes on the grass.

The Grade 3 Forbidden Apple and Coronation Cup await horseplayers, along with the usual mix of maiden, claiming and allowance events on the dirt and turf for Day 2 of the 40-day stand. The featured $175,000 Forbidden Apple attracted a strong cast led by multiple graded stakes winner Set Piece, Grade 1 Old Forester Turf Classic runner-up Mira Mission, City Man, Atone, Get Smoking and others.

The Saratoga Special handicappers produced spotty results on Opening Day, with perennial leader John Shapazian picking six winners on the 10-race card to top the group. Shapazian picked High Tide in the third, Majority Partner in the fifth, Tarabi in the Wilton Stakes, Canisy in the eighth and Just Cindy in the Grade 3 Schuylerville.

Here are the picks for Friday, July 15. Be safe and good luck.

JOHN SHAPAZIAN (6/10):
1-Camp Akeela, Im Just Kidding, Maddie’s Grace.
2-Remain Anonymous, Customerexperience, Invaluable.
3-Your Mission, Whistler’s Honor, Biondi.
4-Actualize, Inspired Mischief, Just Like This.
5-Al’s Prince, Gooch Go Bragh, Tonal Impact.
6-Straw Into Gold, Danzigwiththestars, Grape Nuts Warrior.
7-American Pure, Six Percent, Will E Sutton.
8-Twilight Gleaming, Derrynane, Poppy Flower.
9-Set Piece, Atone, Public Sector.
10-Rossa Veloce, Shesawildjoker, Thinking It Over.

TOM LAW (1/10):
1-Camp Akeela, Im Just Kiddin, Maddie’s Grace.
2-Remain Anonymous, Customerexperience, Melting Snow.
3-Biondi, Whistler’s Honor, Your Mission.
4-Actualize, Offutt Cole, Inspired Mischief.
5-Born A Gambler, Tonal Impact, Al’s Prince.
6-Grape Nuts Warrior, Straw Into Gold, Ruse.
7-American Pure, Roman Empire, Six Percent.
8-Twilight Gleaming, Derrynane, Empress Tigress.
9-Mira Mission, Wolfie’s Dynaghost, Set Piece.
10-Thinking It Over, Shesawildjoker, Mosienko.

CHARLES BEDARD (3/10):
1-Maddie’s Grace, Im Just Kiddin, Camp Akeela.
2-Remain Anonymous, Bustin Bay, Grudge.
3-Bernardino, Uragano, Mr. Connecticut.
4-Actualize, Suppressor, Papi On Ice.
5-Al’s Prince, Born A Gambler, Seizing The Dream.
6-Grape Nuts Warrior, Ruse, Danzigwiththestars.
7-Six Percent, I Am The Cash Man, Jade’s Dream.
8-Twilight Gleaming, Empress Tigress, Lady Scarlet.
9-Set Piece, Atone, Mira Mission.
10-Khali Magic, Rossa Veloce, Pretty Clever.

ROB WHITLOCK (3/10):
1-Maddie’s Grace, Lady Mine, Camp Akeela.
2-Remain Anonymous, Cadeau de Paix, Customerexperience.
3-Mr. Connecticut, Your Mission, Biondi.
4-Actualize, Inspired Mischief, Just Like This.
5-Al’s Prince, Lord Of War, Bali’s Shade.
6-Regal Speaker, Grape Nuts Warrior, Straw Into Gold.
7-I Am The Cash Man, Six Percent, Corkman.
8-Static Fire, Twilight Gleaming, Artos.
9-Atone, City Man, Set Piece.
10-Thinking It Over, Mosienko, Rossa Veloce.

JESSICA PAQUETTE (2/10):
1-Camp Akeela, La Chance, The Splendid One.
2-Remain Anonymous, Invaluable, Customerexperience.
3-Biondi, Mr. Connecticut, Rush To Honor.
4-Suppressor, Just Like This, Inspired Mischief.
5-Juulstone, The Man To See, Seizing The Dream.
6-Ruse, Straw Into Gold, Grape Nuts Warrior.
7-American Pure, Dontbelate, Will E Sutton.
8-Twilight Gleaming, Empress Tigress, Benbang.
9-Public Sector, Yes And Yes, Set Piece.
10-Pretty Clever, Shesawildjoker, Thinkingitover.