A few racetracks opened or reopened this week, providing a much bigger wagering slate to keep horseplayers busy while the coronavirus pandemic continues and subsequent stay-at-home guidelines remain in place.

Churchill Downs and Santa Anita Park, two significant handle drivers back when things were normal, join the mix and The Saratoga Special’s handicappers welcome the addition. They’ve scoped out the spectator-less cards in Louisville and Arcadia, along with those from Gulfstream Park and Tampa Bay Downs, and offer their selections below.

We’ll mix and match the selections after this weekend while more tracks come back or finish their meetings, so be on the lookout for some Charles Town, Golden Gate and hopefully Belmont and Laurel down the road.

John Shapazian, a dominating force at Saratoga Race Course and the annual leader in The Saratoga Special, continues to lead the way with 28 wins from 79 races handicapped. That’s a strike rate of better than 35 percent and he’s four wins ahead of Tom Law in second with a record of 24-for-79. Charles Bedard brings a record of 23-for-79 into Saturday and Rob Whitlock trails at 18-for-79.

Here are the handicappers’ picks for Saturday, May 16. Enjoy and good luck.

CHURCHILL DOWNS

JOHN SHAPAZIAN (28/79, 35.4 percent):
1-J’s Warrior, Baudette Blizzard, Creal Wonder.
2-Dutch Treat, Diamondcoat, Seeds Of Time.
3-Louie’s Kingdom, Tom’s Last General, Wallet.
4-Monomony Girl, Talk Veuve To Me, Fashion Faux Pas.
5-Amani’s Eagle, Mr Jaggers, Implication.
6-Irritator, Floroplus, How’s My Bud.
7-Say Moi, Offerina, Bernadette The Jet.
8-Danny California, Hellorhighwater, Tankerville.
9-Box Of Chocolates, Saratogian, Adhhar.
10-Miss T Too, Joysome, Long Point Beach.
11-Chili Petin, Berdenbury, Karak.

TOM LAW (24/79, 30.4 percent):
1-Skyburst, Baudette Blizzard, Arch Ability.
2-Rahway, Strolling The Bayou, Seeds Of Time.
3-Louie’s Kingdom, He’s The Souperwon, Tom’s Last General.
4-Monomoy Girl, Talk Veuve To Me, Red Dane.
5-Implication, Fortuity, Oxide.
6-Irritator, Floroplus, Here’s Carlos.
7-Bernadette The Jet, Say Moi, Stonewood.
8-Limnery, Labeq, Tankerville.
9- Admire, Smile Bryan, Sacred Oath.
10-Portrait, Gone Glimmering, Four Graces.
11-Fly So Pretty, Bredenbury, Karak.

CHARLES BEDARD (23/79, 29.1 percent):
1-Baudette Blizzard, Skyburst, Sailor Again.
2-Dutch Treat, Seeds Of Time, Diamondcoat.
3-Louie’s Kingdom, Big Island, Wallet.
4-Lady Kate, Monomoy Girl, Miss Bigly.
5-Summer Palace, Mr Jaggers, Fortuity.
6-Floroplus, Strong Yen, Where Y’at Joe Joe.
7-Say Moi, Bernadette The Jet, Skinny Dip.
8-Limnery, Sea Of Hope, Tankerville.
9-Patrol, Box Of Chocolates, Sacred Oath.
10-Portrait, Four Graces, Mo City.
11-Fly So Pretty, Chili Petin, Karak.

ROB WHITLOCK (18/79, 22.8 percent):
1-Skyburst, Arch Ability, Can Imagine.
2-Strollin The Bayou, Seeds Of Time, Diamondcoat.
3-Louie’s Kingdom, He’s The Souperwon, Tom’s Last General.
4-Monomoy Girl, Lady Kate, Talk Veuve To Me.
5-Mr Jaggers, Oxide, Fortuity.
6-Where Y’at Joe Joe, Irritator, Floroplus.
7-Day Moi, Skinny Dip, April In Paris.
8-Limnery, Mind The Gap, Hellorhighwater.
9-Sacred Oath, Adhar, Parole.
10-Portrait, Joysome, Mo City.
11-Fly So Pretty, Call On Mischief, Karak.

 

SANTA ANITA PARK

JOHN SHAPAZIAN:
1-Ultimate Mystery, Lil Sydney, Sensuous.
2-Stormin Ranger, Songofthedesert, Donut Girl.
3-Fierce For Sul, Himiko, Navetta.
4-Multiplier, Law Abidin Citizen, Ax Man.
5-Go For A Ride, Kris’ Wild Kat, Liberal.
6-Big Sweep, Phantom Boss, Club Aspen.
7-She’s Our Charm, Don’t Blame Judy, Desert Oasis.
8-Warren’s Showtime, Bulletproof One, Dim Lights.
9-Heywoods Beach, Istanbul, Eastern Ocean.
10-Sorriso, Desert Swarm, War Maker.

TOM LAW:
1-Sensuous, Lil Sydney, Street Image.
2-Wishful, Tinsel Town Queen, Donut Girl.
3-Navetta, Fierce For Sul, Affianced.
4-Multiplier, Law Abidin Citizen, Ax Man.
5-Liberal, Worthy Turk, Kris’ Wild Kat.
6-Better Trip Nick, Phantom Boss, Bis Sweep.
7-Dogtag, Desert Oasis, Strike At Dawn.
8-Warren’s Showtime, Been Studying Her, Bulletproof One.
9-Leprino, Heywoods Beach, Fire Polish.
10-Sorriso, Desert Swarm, Handsome Cat.

CHARLES BEDARD:
1-Lil Sydney, Git On Your Pulpit, Ultimate Mystery.
2-Wishful, Time For Ebby, Silk From Heaven.
3-Moonhall Milly, Scarlet Lips, Himiko.
4-Multiplier, Jusinian, Route Six Six.
5-Liberal, Speakerofthehouse, Kris’ Wild Kat.
6-Big Sweep, Bettor Trip Nick, Club Aspen.
7-Dogtag, Don’t Blame Judy, Strike At Dawn.
8-Bulletproof One, Been Studying Her, Speedy Gigi.
9-Heywoods Beach, Istanbul, Port Saint Joe.
10-Hoop Dream, Street Demand, Hapi Hapi.

ROB WHITLOCK:
1-Rossman, Moana Luna, Brickbat.
2-Tinsel Town Queen, Wishful, Donut Girl.
3-Affianced, Fierce For Sul, Navetta.
4-Ax Man, Route Six Six, Multiplier.
5-Liberal, Worthy Turk, Kris Wildcat.
6-Summer Fire, Club Aspen, Rookie Mistake.
7-Dogtag, Out Of Balance, Desert Oasis.
8-Bella Vita, Smiling Shirlee, Warrior’s Moon.
9-Heywoods Beach, Port Saint Joe, Fire Polish.
10-Sorriso, Handsome Cat, Desert Swarm.

 

GULFSTREAM PARK

JOHN SHAPAZIAN:
1-Nenita, Socially Astray, Honest Gal.
2-Descente, Our Closure, Cricket’s Dream.
3-Slingin Sammy B, Moonstone, Sammie Sunshine.
4-Panarea, Fast Catalina, Chez Paree.
5-Glass Ceiling, Logic N Reason, Stormy Derby Day.
6-Green Light Go, Ournationonparade, Double Crown.
7-Quenane, Kroy, Class And Cash.
8-Untitled, Casino Grande, Edge On Fire.
9-Bella Ciao, Noor Sahara, Silver Kitten.
10-Bellera, Lady Island, Liza Star.
11-Storm The Bridge, Captain Fofo, Mighty Fast.

TOM LAW:
1-Nenita, Honest Gal, Socially Astray.
2-Descente, Yako, Chiclet’s Dream.
3-Solitary Gem, Slingin Sammy B, Moonstone.
4-Panarea, Fast Catalina, Chez Paree.
5-Glass Ceiling, Battleofwinterfell, Logic N Reason.
6-Green Light Go, With Verve, Cajun Casanova.
7-Quenane, Almashriq, Kroy.
8-Untitled, Edge Of Fire, Cajun Brother.
9-Got Stormy, Noor Sahara, Valiance.
10-Bellera, Lady’s Island, Wildwood’s Beauty.
11-Storm The Bridge, Mighty Fast, Siesta Moon.

CHARLES BEDARD:
1-Honest Gal, Nenita, Trinni Sunshine.
2-Spicy Nelly, Vitaemi, Bahama Kitten.
3-Solitary Gem, Moonstone, Bargainaire.
4-Panarea, Captured, Fast Catalina.
5-Logic N Reason, Jades Gelly, Tale Of Success.
6-Green Light Go, Cajun Casanova, Double Crown.
7-Kroy, Almashriq, Class And Cash.
8-Untitled, Casino Grande, Extraordinary.
9-Got Stormy, Valedictorian, Noor Sahara.
10-Lady’s Island, Wildwood’s Beauty, Liza Star.
11-Storm The Bridge, Mighty Fast, Captain Fofo.

ROB WHITLOCK:
1-Socially Astray, Honest Gal, Nenita.
2-Trilby, Yako, Chiclet’s Dream.
3-Slingin Sammy B, Solitary Gem, Moonstone.
4-Panarea, Feather’s Secret, Fast Catalina.
5-Money Never Sleeps, Glass Ceiling, Ginger Kitty.
6-Green Light Go, With Verve, Double Crown.
7-Almashriq, Kroy, Go Poke The Bear.
8-Edge Of Fire, Untitled, Casino Grande.
9-Got Stormy, Noor Sahara, Valiance.
10-Bellera, Lady’s Island, Wildwood’s Beauty.
11-Storm The Bridge, Captain Fofo, Captain Yenner.

 

TAMPA BAY DOWNS

JOHN SHAPAZIAN:
1-Moments To Saver, Katie Faloona, Koa Kani.
2-Bok Choy, Hot Mist, Misty Express.
3-Don’t Fight, Port Salerno, Commander Of Death.
4-Vegas Life, Initforthelove, Commander’s Intent.
5-Finally, Medal Of Fact, Lodi.
6-Highland Park Hero, Legacy Azteca, Native Hawk.
7-Long Short Story, Catsoutofthebag, Fortunate Cat.
8-Blazing Brooke, Lady Brenna, Racinrosemary.
9-Barrel Of Destiny, Sapphire Jubilee, Haniel.

TOM LAW:
1-Katie Faloona, Moments To Saver, Koa Kani.
2-Hot Mist, Reign Showers, Flash Flood.
3-Don’t Fight, Dude’s Secret, Port Salerno.
4-Vegas Life, Initforthelove, Commander’s Intent.
5-Finally, Berry Hill, Bee By The See.
6-Saucy Don, Legacy Azteca, Native Hawk.
7-Finest Jewel, Fortunate Cat, Catsoutofthebag.
8-Blazing Brooke, Lady Breanna, Luna.
9-Barrel Of Destiny, Haniel, Better Yet.

CHARLES BEDARD:
1-Born To Groove, Moments To Saver, Katie Faloona.
2-Divine Martha, Hot Mist, Sweetology.
3-Don’t Fight, Port Salerno, Dude’s Secret.
4-Vegas Life, Lebasi, Initforthelove.
5-Finally, Dohko, Berry Hill.
6-Native Hawk, Legacy Azteca, Weekend Wizard.
7-Fortunate Cat, Finest Jewel, Bizness Beauty.
8-Blazing Brooke, Honest Ginger, Luna.
9-Barrel Of Destiny, Better Yet, Fonda Romana.

ROB WHITLOCK:
1-Time Shift, Moment To Saver, Katie Faloona.
2-Reign Showers, Hot Mist, Sweetology.
3-Don’t Fight, Dude’s Secret, Port Salerno.
4-Vegas Life, Initforthelove, Lebasi.
5-Finally, Lodi, Dohko.
6-Elzabe’s On Board, Legacy Azteca, Native Hawk.
7-Finest Jewel, Bizness Beauty, Fortunate Cat.
8-Honest Ginger, Blazing Brook, Lady Breanna.
9-Barrel Of Destiny, Cape Laa Di Da, Haniel.