Friday’s 10-race card kicks off Travers Weekend at Saratoga Race Course and gives The Saratoga Special’s handicappers plenty of puzzles to decipher.

John Shapazian continues to click along at a strong strike rate, tabbing five more winners Thursday to increase his lead among our quartet. Shapazian’s record through the first 16 days of the meet stands at 58-for-153, or close to 38 percent winners and an average of more than 3.6 per day.

Shapazian and the next two handicappers in the standings – Tom Law and Charles Bedard, now tied for the second spot – like unbeaten Bashford Manor winner Cazadero in Friday’s featured Grade 2 Saratoga Special. Rob Whitlock likes Christophe Clement’s impressive debut maiden winner Momos in the 6-furlong stakes for 2-year-olds.

Bedard knotted it up Thursday with four winners to Law’s three. They both sit at 52-for-153, 34 percent. Whitlock remains fourth with a mark of 38-for-153 or 24.8 percent.

Here are the picks for Friday, Aug. 7. Take care and good luck.

JOHN SHAPAZIAN (58/153, 37.9 percent):
1-Klickitat, Selfmade, Diannesimpazible.
2-Super Computer, Looking For Trouble, Seven Seven.
3-Puffery, Music Of Life, Sun Summers.
4-Baseline Drive, Hot Button, Halo City.
5-Fair Regis, Jennemily, Skamania.
6-Saratoga Commando, Credit Enhancement, Royal Approval.
7-Archumybaby, Daria’s Angel, Lady By Choice.
8-Silky Blue, Tatterazzi, Giacosa.
9-Cazadero, Jackie’s Warrior, Therideofalifetime.
10-Tesorina, Microcap, Tilsa.

TOM LAW (52/153, 34 percent):
1-Klickitat, Selfmade, Diannesimpazible.
2-Cotton, Cobra Kai, Super Computer.
3-Bean Counter, Sun Summers, Music Of Life.
4-Baseline Drive, Hot Button, Halo City.
5-Kept True, Jennemily, Skamania.
6-Mad Maddy, Army Wife, Credit Enhancement.
7-Archumybaby, Lady By Choice, Excess Capacity.
8-Giacosa, Silky Blue, Amos.
9-Cazadero, Momos, Therideofalifetime.
10-Tilsa, Tesorina, Dipping In.

CHARLES BEDARD (52/153, 34 percent):
1-Klickitat, Diannesimpazible, Spiritual King.
2-Cotton, Lookin For Trouble, Sandro Clegane.
3-Music Of Life, Sun Summers, Bean Counter.
4-Baseline Drive, Halo City, Cherokee Song.
5-Kept True, Fair Regis, Honor Way.
6-Mad Maddy, Army Wife, Tappingintosuccess.
7-Daria’s Angel, Archumybaby, Keep Your Distance.
8-Silky Blue, Jen’s Battle, Giacosa.
9-Cazadero, Roderick, Therideofalifetime.
10-Tilsa, Yellen, Jasminesque.

ROB WHITLOCK (38/153, 24.8 percent):
1-Klickitat, Selfmade, Diannesimpazible. 
2-Cotton, Lookin For Trouble, Seven Seven.
3-Bean Counter, Sun Summers, Music Of Life.
4-Hot Button, Baseline Drive, Carefree Highway.
5-Skamania, Vast, Honor Way.
6-Mad Maddy, Credit Enhancement, Army Wife.
7-Lady By Choice, Archumybaby, Daria’s Angel.
8-Silky Blue, Giacosa, Amos.
9-Momos, Cazadero, Therideofalifetime.
10-Morality Clause, Microcap, Dipping In.