Sunday’s Saratoga picks – August 1

Now we can call it the August place to be. Surely you remember the old slogan for Saratoga, back when it was four weeks, six days a week, ending a week before Labor Day. Well, those days are over and here we are.

Friday’s Saratoga picks – July 30

Rains washed away all but one of Thursday’s grass races at Saratoga Race Course and more heavy downpours in the early evening could do the same Friday for the 10-race card that kicks off the weekend.

Thursday’s Saratoga picks – July 29

 Week 3 of the 2021 Saratoga Race Course meeting rolls along Thursday with a 10-race card topped by the $100,000 John Morrissey Handicap for older New York-bred sprinters. 

Sunday’s Saratoga picks – July 25

The second week of the 2021 Saratoga Race Course meeting comes to a soggy end Sunday with a 10-race card topped by a strong renewal of the Grade 3 Shuvee Stakes. 

Friday’s Saratoga picks – July 23

The weekend arrives and another 10-race card at Saratoga Race Course for The Saratoga Special’s handicapping team to dig into.

Thursday’s Saratoga picks – July 22

Week 2 of the 2021 Saratoga Race Course meeting rolls along Thursday with a 10-race card topped by the Grade 1 A.P. Smithwick Memorial Steeplechase.

The handicappers are back for more - the always are Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays when we don't have a print edition of The Saratoga Special - to dissect the card that features the opening jump stakes and a mix of races on the turf and dirt for 2-year-olds and older horses. 

Redicean, second in last year's Grade 1 New York Turf Writers; and Galway Kid and Gibralfaro, 1-2 in the Grade 3 David Semmes Memorial, figure to vie for favoritism in the 2 1/16-mile Smithwick.  

Here are the picks from The Saratoga Special's handicapping team. Good luck. 

JOHN SHAPAZIAN (16/50):
1-Gibralfaro, Redicean, Baltimore Bucko.
2-Pregame, Recidivist, Wicked Mad.
3-Rice entry, Potts entry, Gentle Annie.
4-Courageous Girl, Dancing Kiki, Tenderness.
5-Gal In A Rush, Expand The Map, Pizza Bianca.
6-Trinity Titoli, Derryanne, Quick Power Nap.
7-Traffic Lane, Quantitativebreezin, My Alluring Lady.
8-Singita Dreams, Lovely Lucky, Cat’s Pajamas.
9-Ice Princess, Bauer entry, Portilla.
10-Social Whirl, Stella Mars, Orma. 

TOM LAW (21/50):
1-Gibralfaro, Galway Kid, Redicean.
2-Pregame, Recidivist, Wicked Mad.
3-Violent Trick, Gentle Annie, Sirenic.
4-Courageous Girl, Tenderness, Dancing Kiki.
5-Gal In A Rush, Expand The Map, Hail To.
6-Derryanne, Rooski, Quick Power Nap.
7-Quantitativbreezin, Traffic Lane, Chloe Rose.
8-Singita Dreams, Cat’s Pajamas, Lovely Lucky.
9-Love And Love, Ice Princess, Stop Shoppin Tammy.
10-Orma, Stella Mars, Exact Change.  

CHARLES BEDARD (16/50):
1-Gibralfaro, French Light, Galway Kid.
2-Wicked Mad, Rudy Rod, Point Of Humor.
3-Potts entry, Rice entry, Gentle Annie.
4-Courageous Girl, Red Venus, Pendolino.
5-Miss Interpret, Bali Belle, Expand The Map.
6-Saratoga Kisses, Derrynane, Quaysadilla.
7-Quantitativbreezin, Red Pepper Grill, Chloe Rose.}
8-Singita Dreams, Here Comes Jackie, Mia Martina.
9-Ice Princess, Played Hard, Portilla.
10-Stella Mars, Social Whirl, Exact Change. 

ROB WHITLOCK (12/50):
1-Gibralfaro, Baltimore Bucko, Cite.
2-Wicked Mad, Recidivist, Pregame.
3-Potts entry, Rice entry, Gentle Annie.
4-Dancing Kiki, Red Venus, Tenderness.
5-Miss Interpret, Expand The Map, Hope Over Fear.
6-Derrynane, Saratoga Kisses, Enjoy Summer.
7-Quantitative Breezin, My Alluring Lady, Red Pepper Grill.
8-Emilia’s Moon, Lovely Lucky, Cat’s Pajamas.
9-Portilla, Played Hard, Ice Princess.
10-Stella Mars, Orma, Ob La Di.

JESSICA PAQUETTE (10/50):
1-Rediciean, Gibralfaro, Baltiore Bucko.
2-Wicked Mad, Rudy Rod, Recidivist.
3-Forever Changed, Mongolian Humor, Viradia.
4-Courageous Girl, Dancing Kiki, Tenderness.
5-Expand The Map, Pizza Bianca, Miss Interpret.
6-Derrynane, Rooski, Enjoy Summer.
7-Quantitativbreezin, Traffic Lane, My Alluring Lady.
8-Cat’s Pajamas, Here Comes Jackie, Mia Martina.
9-Ice Princess, Portilla, Stop Shopping Tammy.
10-Social Whirl, Dorothy’s The Boss, Stella Mars.