Friday’s Saratoga Special & Picks presented by Toga Party Racing – Aug. 25

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Evie Jets comes up the rail and fends of challengers to win Thursday’s Grade 2 Ballston Spa. NYRA Photo.

Travers Day is almost here, but first a 10-race card topped by a stellar edition of the Grade 1 Personal Ensign Stakes Friday at Saratoga Race Course.

Nest, Clairiere and Secret Oath headline the 9-furlong Personal Ensign, which also attracted Delaware Handicap winner Idiomatic. The $500,000 stakes for fillies mares goes as the ninth race on the card at 5:44 p.m.

Friday’s card also includes the $150,000 Smart And Fancy Stakes for fillies and mares going 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf. Rain at the end of Thursday’s card – with more expected into the evening and morning Friday – could force that event to the main track. Check your scratches.

The handicappers continue to plug along and offer their picks online Sundays, Thursdays and Fridays through the end of the meet. The picks appear in the print and digital editions on The Power Grid presented by Toga Party Racing every Saturday and Wednesday.

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JOHN SHAPAZIAN (97/315):
1-Global Perspective, Veracruzin, Radio Liberty.
2-Trust The Numbers, Vax, Quick Power Nap.
3-Self Isolation, Roses For Debra, Bubble Rock.
4-H P Moon, High Tide, Microsecond.
5-Prove Right, Heldish, Joking Way.
6-Fierceness, Air Of Defiance, Wajda.
7-Headland, Unsung Melody, Hydra.
8-She Caught My Eye, Madaket entry, Anatolian.
9-Nest, Idiomatic, Clairiere.
10-Cowichan, Riviere, White Chocolate.

TOM LAW (86/315):
1-Global Perspective, Walley World, Fertrinelli.
2-Trust The Numbers, Our Rosie Diamonds, Vax.
3-Self Isolation, Roses For Debra, Bubble Rock.
4-Truculent, Dust Devil, Landbiscuit.
5-Prove Right, Alternate Reality, Joking Way.
6-Fierceness, Air Of Defiance, Change Of Command.
7-Headland, Unsung Melody, Repealing.
8-Peak Popularity, She Caught My Eye, Anatolian.
9-Nest, Clairiere, Idiomatic.
10-White Chocolate, Arrasou, Oolong Hai.

ROB WHITLOCK (78/315):
1-Global Perspective, Walley World, Tireless.
2-Trust The Numbers, Goodbye Kyle, Quick Power Nap.
3-Bluefield, Bubble Rock, Poppy Flower.
4-Original, Landbiscuit, Styner. 
5-Thunderian, Joking Way, Prove Right.
6-Wajda, Fierceness, Change Of Command.
7-Repealing, Headland, You Look Cold.
8-Peak Popularity, Any Port, Olkovskha.
9-Idiomatic, Nest, Malloy.
10-Arrasou, We Shall See, Oolong Hai.

CHARLES BEDARD (97/315):
1-Tireless, Inherent Promise, Buffoon.
2-Vax, La Aguililla, Trust The Numbers.
3-Roses For Debra, Bluefield, Self Isolation.
4-Dust Devil, Tommy Bee, Landbiscuit.
5-Prove Right, Alternate Reality, Joking Way.
6-Apollo Ten, Fierceness, Air Of Defiance.
7-You Look Cold, Headland, Unsung Melody.
8-Peak Popularity, Sweet Duchess, Embrace Me.
9-Nest, Idiomatic, Clairiere.
10-White Chocolate, Risk Free, Arrasou.

JESSICA PAQUETTE (58/315):
1-The Hero Code, Sheriff Joe, Tireless.
2-Goodbye Kyle, Vax, Trust The Numbers.
3-Roses For Debra, Can’t Buy Love, Bubble Rock.
4-Landbiscuit, Original, Klickitat.
5-Joking Way, Thunderian, Mr Bob.
6-Air Of Defiance, Billal, Anchises.
7-Unsung Melody, You Look Cold, First To Act.
8-Modern Love, Anatolian, Avenue Niel.
9-Clariere, Nest, Idiomatic.
10-Bourbon And Honey, Millie Jean, Arrasou.