Wow, what an Opening Day. Certainly one for the books and we’ll recap all the action in our next edition of The Saratoga Special Saturday, along with previews of the major events of the weekend and more.

Selections from our handicappers will appear, too, and they’ll also be here for days we don’t publish The Special so our faithful readers can follow along and hopefully cash a few tickets. The handicapping quartet returned for another season – spectator free and all – Thursday and will go through the whole meet either in print or online. And by print we mean digital, with editions every Wednesday and Saturday of the meet. Friday's 10-race card features a pair of $85,000 stakes - the De La Rose on the grass and Shine Again on the main track. 

Tom Law fared the best of the four Opening Day, picking three winners from the 20 races. He picked Eternal Summer in the second, Propensity in the sixth and Secure Connection in the finale.

Perennial leader John Shapazian tabbed a pair of winners – Palace Avenger in the third and Propensity in the sixth. Charles Bedard and Rob Whitlock each picked one winner.

Here are handicappers picks for Saturday, July 17. Watch the weather, too, since it rained pretty hard Thursday night. Take care and good luck.

JOHN SHAPAZIAN (2/10):

1-Prioritize, Value Engineering, Legit.
2-Dawn’s Early Light, Fridaybeers, Brunate.
3-The Rock Says, Blood Moon, First Rate.
4-Leaveuwithasmile, Ms. Malevolence, Pick Up The Fone.
5-Too Early, Sandro The Great, Scuttlebuzz.
6-Big Thicket, Mission Wrapitup, Vintage Hollywood.
7-Bridlewood Cat, Noor Sarah, Blowout.
8-Lady Lawyer, Olendon, Guacamole.
9-Indian Pride, Blamed, Joy Epifora.
10-Cold Hard Cash, True Grace, Shared Success.

TOM LAW (3/10):

1-Prioritize, Value Engineering, Cant’shelpbelieving.
2-Dawn’s Early Light, Breed’s Hill, Lorenzen.
3-The Rock Says, Universal Payday, First Rate.
4-Leaveuwithasmile, Pick Up The Fone, Ms. Malevolence.
5-Too Early, Scuttlebuzz, Sandro The Great.
6-Big Thicket, Mission Wrapitup, Vintage Hollywood.
7-Passing Out, Noor Sahara, Blowout.
8-Lady Lawyer, Guacamole, Olendon.
9-Indian Pride, Blamed, Joy Epifora.
10-The Postmaster, Cold Hard Cash, Shared Success.

CHARLES BEDARD (1/10):

1-Prioritize, Value Engineering, Can’thelpbelieving.
2-Dawn’s Early Light, Lorenzen, Imperio D.
3-The Rock Says, First Rate, Ghost Game.
4-Leaveuwithasmile, Pick Up The Fone, Customerexperience.
5-Too Early, Voliero, Noble Mischief.
6-Big Thicket, Vintage Hollywood, Mission Wrapitup.
7-Bridlewood Cat, Blowout, Clara Peeters.
8-Lady Lawyer, Guacamole, Olendon.
9-Indian Pride, Risky Mandate, Blamed.
10-The Postmaster, Operative, K. K. Ichikawa.

ROB WHITLOCK (1/10):

1-Prioritize, Value Engineering, Legit.
2-Dawn’s Early Light, Always Funny, Brunate.
3-The Rock Says, Fried Rice King, Blood Moon.
4-Leaveuwithasmile, Ms. Malevolence, Persian Queen.
5-Too Early, Sandro The Great, Open Lengths.
6-Big Thicket, Mission Wrapitup, Giant Shoes.
7-Noor Sahara, Passing Out, Blow Out.
8-Lost Ticket, Lady Lawyer, Olendon.
9-Joy Epifora, Risky Mandate, Indian Pride.
10-Quick Return, The Postmaster, K.K. Ichikawa.