Friday’s Saratoga Special & Picks presented by Toga Party Racing – July 28

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Ryvit, winner of the Grade 3 Chick Lang on Preakness weekend at Pimlico, makes up part of tough field for Friday’s Grade 2 Amsterdam at Saratoga. Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club Photo.

The weekend is almost here. Check that, Friday kicks off the weekend and Day 12 of the 2023 Saratoga Race Course meeting.

The Grade 2, $200,000 Amsterdam Stakes for 3-year-old speedsters highlights the 11-race card and looks like a competitive affair on paper. Drew’s Gold, runner-up to Arabian Lion in the Grade 1 Woody Stephens, drew the rail and takes on the likes of Gilmore and Ryvit in the 6 ½-furlong stakes. The Amsterdam goes as the 10th race with post time set for 6:18 p.m. ET.

The Saratoga Special handicappers will be back in the print and digital edition Saturday, but will continue to offer selections online every Thursday, Friday and Saturday during the meet. Picks appear on The Power Grid handicapping page every Wednesday and Saturday, and every day is presented by Toga Party Racing.

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Here are the selections for Friday, July 28.

JOHN SHAPAZIAN (41/111):
1-Mischief Joke, Split Strike, Aggelos The Great.
2-Guntown, Artemus Citylimits, Fauci.
3-Brown entry, Catskill Humor, Party At Grants.
4-Quick Munny, Hydra, Icy Stare Down.
5-Jackson Heights, Colloquy, Beta.
6-Swore, Sacred Rhyme, Wild Guess.
7-Zeebear, City Mischief, Disarmed.
8-Prove Right, Joking Way, Street Swagg.
9-Money Supply, Ski Patrol, Harry Hood.
10-Drew’s Gold, New York Thunder, Gilmore.
11-Fighting Back, Fast Boat To Skye, Nostalgic One.

TOM LAW (30/111):
1-Mischief Joke, Aggelos The Great, Eric From Miami.
2-Guntown, Artemus Citylimits, Fauci.
3-Party At Grants, Catskill Humor, Dream Fly.
4-Quick Munny, My Sweet Wife, Everyoneloveslinda.
5-Colluquy, Beta, Jackson Heights.
6-Toofareastiswest, Swore, Smart Uncle.
7-Zeebar, City Mischief, Kreesa.
8-Street Swagg, Joking Way, Prove Right.
9-Harry Hood, Gamer, Ski Patrol.
10-Ryvit, Gilmore, Drew’s Gold.
11-Fighting Back, Nostalgic One, Variable Cost.

ROB WHITLOCK (33/111):
1-Split Strike, Mischief Joke, Aggelos The Great.
2-Artemis City Limits, Souper Success, Into The Sunrise.
3-Brown entry, Trope, Wonder Girl.
4-Quick Money, Customerexperience, Hydra.
5-Colloquy, Beta, Kaz Palace.
6-Faraday, Toofareastiswest, Typhoon Lagoon.
7-City Mischief, Disarmed, Kreesa.
8-Joking Way, Street Swag, Prove Right.
9-Harry Hood, Fredo, Gamer.
10-Gilmore, Ryvit, Drew’s Gold.
11-Nostalgic One, Twirling Express, Mister Moore.

CHARLES BEDARD (39/111):
1-Mischief Joke, Split Strike, Aggelos The Great.
2-King Angelo, Artemus Citylimits, Into The Sunrise.
3-Brown entry, Volatility, Katie’s Checkride.
4-Quick Munny, Icy Stare Down, Awesome Indra.
5-Colloquy, Son Of An Ex, Beta.
6-Toofareastiswest, Sacred Rhyme, Swore.
7-Zeebear, Disarmed, City Mischief.
8-Joking Way, Prove Right, Dangerous Ride.
9-Ski Patrol, Harry Hood, Gamer.
10-Drew’s Gold, Gilmore, Ryvit.
11-Fighting Back, Timo, Variable Cost.

JESSICA PAQUETTE (25/111):
1-Mischief Joke, Ez Roll, Split Strike.
2-Artemus Citylimits, Into The Sunrise, Fauci.
3-Trope, Catskill Humor, St. Benedicts Prep.
4-Quick Munny, Awesome Indra, Everyone Loves Linda.
5-Colloquy, Jackson Heights, Kaz Palace.
6-Toofareastiswest, Smart Uncle, Typhoon Lagoon.
7-Kreesa, Disarmed, City Mischief.
8-Dangerous Ride, Joking Way, Street Swagg.
9-Ski Patrol, Harry Hood, Tiz A Giant.
10-Ryvit, Drew’s Gold, Gilmore.
11-Timo, Fast Boat To Skye, Variable Coast.