A monster Opening Day in the books and time to turn the page and look ahead to the first weekend of the 2021 Saratoga Race Course meeting. Another strong card awaits, topped the Grade 3 Forbidden Apple and a pretty favorable weather forecast.

A field of 10 entered the 1-mile feature on the grass, including Saratoga specialist Rinaldi, last-out winner Value Proposition and stakes winners Delaware and Sacred Life. The Forbidden Apple goes as the ninth race on the card, with post time set for 5:39 p.m.

The regular Wednesday-Saturday print schedule of The Saratoga Special – for most of the meet except Week 1 and during the stretch from the Hall of Fame induction through the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select sale – brings the handicapper’s picks online again this season for Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

Here are the picks for Friday, July 16, Day 2 at Saratoga. Good luck.

JOHN SHAPAZIAN (2/10):
1-Shashashakemeup, Mihos, Gun It.
2-Quick Return, Far Away Look, Arms An Armor.
3-Chocolate Cookie, Timeless Journey, Courageous Girl.
4-Tekila, Ballacolla, Flaming Rouge.
5-Seeds Of Time, Potts entry, Absolute Love.
6-Kant Hurry Love, November Rein, Let Her Inspire U.
7-Amendment Nineteen, Rivendell, Too Sexy.
8-Easy To Bless, Patty H, Kandy Ginger.
9-Value Proposition, Sacred Life, Rinaldi.
10-Uncle’s Gem, U Should B Dancing, Kreesa La Wrote.

TOM LAW (5/10):
1-Gun It, Girolamo’s Attack, Shashashakemeup.
2-Clear Humor, Quick Return, Arms And Armor.
3-Giacosa, Chocolate Cookie, Classic Colors.
4-Tekila, Flaming Rouge, Angelou.
5-Seeds Of Time, Violent Trick, Yes I’m Evil.
6-Let Her Inspire U, November Rain, Succulent.
7-Amendment Nineteen, Rivendell, Too Sexy.
8-Patty H, Easy To Bless, Kandy Ginger.
9-Rinaldi, Sacred Life, Corelli.
10-Baudi Moovan, U Should B Dancing, Uncle’s Gem.

CHARLES BEDARD (2/10):
1-T Loves A Fight, Smooth B, Shashashakemeup.
2-Clear Humor, Quick Return, Brew Pub.
3-Chocolate Cookie, Giacosa, Classic Colors.
4-Angelou, Ballacolla, Flaming Rouge.
5-Absolute Love, Yes I’m Evil, Seeds Of Time.
6-Kant Hurry Love, Let Her Inspire U, Classic Miss.
7-Too Sexy, Miner’s Queen, Madam Maclean.
8-Patty H, Easy To Bless, Greatest Love.
9-Value Proposition, Sacred Life, Rinaldi.
10-U Should B Dancing, Uncle’s Gem, Kreesa La Wrote.

ROB WHITLOCK (3/10):
1-Minos, Gun It, Girolamo’s Attack.
2-Clear Humor, Quick Return, Arms An Armor.
3-Chocolate Cookie, Timeless Journey, Giacosa.
4-Flamingo Rouge, Fortuna, Angelou.
5-Seeds Of Time, Violent Trick, Absolute Love.
6-November Rein, Saratoga Chrome, Kant Hurry Love.
7-Mused, Madam Maclean, Rivendell.
8-Easy To Bless, Patty H, Polished Gem.
9-Value Proposition, Therapist, Sacred Life.
10-Fancy Feline, Baudi Moovan, Kreesa La Wrote.

JESSICA PAQUETTE (2/10):
1-T Loves A Fight, Mihos, Girolamo’s Attack.
2-Tamburro’s Sox, Quick Return, Arms An Armor.
3-Timeless Journey, Giacosa, Chocolate Cookie.
4-Fortuna, Bellacolla, Flaming Rouge.
5-Annika Gold, Absolute Love, Viradia.
6-Let Her Inspire U, Tough Street, Kant Hurry Love.
7-Rivendell, Amendment Nineteen, Too Sexy.
8-Riding On A Winner, Patty H, Greatest Love.
9-Corelli, Delaware, Logical Myth.
10-Fancy Feline, Uncle’s Gem, Baudi Moovan.