Friday’s Saratoga Special & Picks presented by Toga Party Racing – Aug. 18

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Ramblin’ Wreck (outside) and Let’s Go Big Blue finish toward the outside rail in Thursday’s topsy turvy Rick Violette Stakes. Ramblin’ Wreck was awarded the victory when Let’s Go Big Blue was disqualified for drifting out. Susie Raisher/NYRA Photo.

The weekend arrives and another loaded 10-race card at Saratoga Race Course to set the stage for a big Saturday featuring the Alabama Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

The $150,000 Skidmore Stakes going 5 ½ furlongs on the turf highlights Friday’s card, as the eighth race at 4:58 p.m. An overflow field was entered, relegating a couple to the also-eligible list along with a main track only runner.

No Nay Mets, perfect in his two domestic starts after a decent try overseas at Royal Ascot, is 7-5 on the morning line for the Skidmore. He takes on another Royal Ascot runner in Fandom, familiar foe Ship Cadet and Saratoga maiden winners Seize The Grey and Billy The Greek.

The handicappers from The Saratoga Special are ready to tackle the card. Their picks appear here at Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays through the rest of the meet – along with Labor Day. The picks run on the Power Grid presented by Toga Party Racing Wednesdays and Saturdays in the print and digital edition of The Saratoga Special.

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1-White Chocolate, Corey And Quinn, Vivid Dreams.
2-T Max, Luna Loca, Accel Rose.
3-Miss San Gabriel, Dontmesswithtess, Mouly.
4-Stunningly, Rhiannon, Magical Song.
5-Paddington, Nobel, Danzigwiththestars.
6-Last Drink, Dancing Mischief, Frozen Four.
7-Costa Terra, Speed Bias, Red Run.
8-Fandom, No Nay Mets, Ship Cadet.
9-Thinkaboutit, Happy Farm, Prisoner.
10-Rally Squirrel, Cut The Cord, Whistler’s Honor.

TOM LAW (73/264):
1-Vivid Dreams, Corey And Queen, Spun Special.
2-Luna Loca, T Max, Accel Rose.
3-Shigeko, Duckphat, Miss San Gabriel.
4-Stunningly, Magical Song, Miss Our Hero.
5-Paddington, Royal Spirit, Crupi.
6-Last Drink, A Knight’s Courage, Khadullah.
7-Speed Bias, Red Run, Costa Terra.
8-Seize The Grey, Ship Cadet, Go Otto Go.
9-Thinkaboutit, Seven Nation Army, Prisoner.
10-Rally Squirrel, Asymmetric, Cut The Cord.

ROB WHITLOCK (68/264/):
1-Rushed Ice, Vivid Dreams, La Girvina.
2-Redzilla, Racing Colors, Simple Sugar.
3-Brown entry, Dontmesswithtess, Judgement Time.
4-Rhiannon, Stunningly, Paris Style.
5-Crupi, Hold The Salsa, Nobel.
6-Last Drink, Frozen Four, Dancing Mischief.
7-Costa Terra, Speed Bias, Red Run.
8-Billy The Greek, Ship Cadet, Five o’Somewhere.
9-Prisoner, Thinkaboitit, Wendell Fong.
10-Rally Squirrel, Sonic Speed, Assymetric.

1-Vivid Dreams, Corey And Quinn, La Girvina.
2-T Max, Accel Rose, Luna Loca.
3-Miss San Gabriel, Diamond Status, Dontmesswithtess.
4-Stunningly, Magical Song, Revolving Credit.
5-Paddington, Nobel, Catch That Party.
6-Last Drink, Frozen Four, Savage Spirit.
7-Speed Bias, Costa Terra, Red Run.
8-Antonio Of Venice, No Nay Mets, Ship Cadet.
9-Cees Get Degrees, Thinkaboutit, Prisoner.
10-Cut The Cord, Rally Squirrel, Bourbon Chase.

1-Vivid Dreams, Corey And Quinn, White Chocolate.
2-T Max, Accel Rose, Luna Loca.
3-Miss San Gabriel, River Tay, Diamond Status.
4-Stunningly, Magical Song, Miss Our Hero.
5-Nobel, Regal Kingdom, Royal Spirit.
6-Frozen Four, One Witheverything, Unaudited.
7-Red Run, Speed Bias, Portos.
8-Fandom, Sebastian Run, No Nay Mets.
9-Prisoner, Seven Nation Army, Thinkaboutit.
10-Sonic Speed, Whistler’s Honor, Bourbon Chase.