The final weekend of racing at Saratoga in 2021 rolls along Sunday with a 12-race card topped by the Grade 1 Spinaway for 2-year-old fillies. 

Formerly run on Closing Day - with the thought of "spinning away back to Belmont" - the 7-furlong fixture now lands on the last Sunday of the meet. A field of nine entered, including two fillies who impressed on Opening Day in Pretty Birdie and Echo Zulu. Marylou Whitney Stable's Pretty Birdie won the Grade 3 Schuylerville for trainer Norm Casse and the meet's leading jockey Luis Saez and they're back wtih the daughter of Bird Song who is 3-1 on the morning line. Echo Zulu goes as the 8-5 favorite off a victory four races prior to the Schuylerville for Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen and jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. 

The race for leading trainer at the meet is all but over, with Chad Brown well clear. He's won 39 races at the meet, 11 more than Todd Pletcher and 15 more than early leader Mike Maker. The riding title is a bit more in doubt, with Luis Saez clinging to his lead over the rallying Irad Ortiz Jr. Saez leads by six heading into the penultimate day, 60-54. 

The fight for leading handicapper in The Saratoga Special is even closer, with John Shapazian leading Tom Law by two wins before Sunday's card. John has 129 wins, six shy of (what we believe) his record 135 posted in 2020. Tom lost his lead, fell behind, tied it up again and lost it again and trails and sits at 127. And don't look now, but Charles Bedard isn't far off the pace with 123 wins after a strong two-week stretch. Rob Whitlock sits fourth with a much improved 109 - he picked 97 winners a year ago - and rookie Jessica Paquette is fifth wth 84. 

Here are the picks for Sunday, Sept. 5. Be safe and good luck.  

JOHN SHAPAZIAN (129/392, 32.9 percent):
1-Sweet Lady Ivanka, Alsanah, Hope Over Fear.
2-Hollywood Gina, Sassy Melissa, Madam Maclean.
3-Coalition Building, Never Content, Balinese.
4-Lady Traveler, Song River, Off We Go.
5-Klaravich entry, Imwaytoocoolforyou, Thisladyisthe Law.
6-Ajaaweed, Clever Fellow, Risk Manager.
7-Classy Edition, Classic Lynne, N Y Fancy.
8-Jester Calls Nojoy, Amani’s Image, Malibu Kendall.
9-Trumpet Lilly, Command Point, Kemba.
10-Mystic Night, First Constitution, Portos.
11-Echo Zulu, Pretty Birdie, Dream Lith.
12-Colormepazzi, King Angelo, Veterans Beach.

TOM LAW (127/392, 32.4 percent):
1-Sweet Lady Ivanka, Alsanah, Hope Over Fear.
2-Sassy Melissa, Little Dutch Girl, Madam Maclean.
3-Coalition Building, Never Content, Balinese.
4-Song River, Lady Traveler, Spin A Yarn.
5-Klaravich entry, Thisladyis The Law, Imwaytoocoolforyou.
6-Clever Fellow, Caribbean Gold, Risk Manager.
7-Classy Edition, Belarus, Classic Lynne.
8-Jester Calls Nojoy, Malibu Kendall, Li Li Bear.
9-Command Point, Mopolka, Lucy's Cakes Fly.
10-Mystic Night, First Constitution, Superfecto.
11-Echo Zulu, Pretty Birdie, Girl With A Dream.
12-King Angelo, Neuro, Veterans Beach.

CHARLES BEDARD (123/392, 31.4 percent):
1-Speedometer, S Oh S, Sonnyneedsmoney.
2-Madam Maclean, Sassy Melissa, Lucky Latkes.
3-Hard Won, Coalition Building, Checksandbalances.
4-Lady Traveler, Spin A Yarn, Song River.
5-Klaravich entry, Imwaytoocoolforyou, Boss Cara.
6-Clever Fellow, Risk Manager, Eternal Summer.
7-Classic Lynne, Classy Edition, Summer Snow.
8-Jester Calls Nojoy, Armani’s Image, Li Li Bear.
9-Baseline Drive, Lucy's Cakes Fly, Command Point.
10-Mystic Night, You’re To Blame, Superfecto.
11-Girl With A Dream, Tarabi, Pretty Birdie.
12-Beautiful Karen, Veterans Beach, King Angelo.

ROB WHITLOCK (109/392, 27.8 percent):
1-Alsanah, Hope Over Fear, Sweet Lady Ivanka.
2-Madam Maclean, Little Dutch Girl, Sassy Melissa.
3-Coalition Building, Never Content, Blue Times.
4-Song River, Lady Traveller, Jade’s Jelly.
5-Klaravich entry, Isle Storm, Thismightbetheone.
6-Fair Haired Boy, Eternal Summer, Actuary.
7-Classic Lynne, Summer Snow, Classy Edition.
8-Jester Calls Nojoy, LiLi Bear, Malibu Kendall.
9-Baseline Drive, Claddagh’s Run, Lucy’s Cakes Fly.
10-First Constitution, Mystic Knight, Thomas Shelby.
11-Echo Zulu, Pretty Birdie, Girl With A Dream.
12-King Angelo, Veterans Beach, Volkert. 

JESSICA PAQUETTE (84/392, 21.4 percent):
1-Alsanah, Speedometer, Hope Over Fear.
2-Sassy Melissa, Little Dutch Girl, Khali Magic.
3-Coalition Building, Never Content, Checksandbalances.
4-Rivendell, Jades Jelly, Lady Traveler.
5-Thisladyis The Law, Milestone Payment, Soupster.
6-Eternal Summer, Actuary, Clever Fellow.
7-Classic Lynne, Classy Edition, NY Fancy.
8-Malibu Kendall, Handbelle, Texian.
9-Hohohoho, Kemba, Lucy’s Cakes Fly.
10-First Constitution, Superfecto, Mystic Night.
11-Sequist, Pretty Birdie, Girl With A Dream.
12-Scotty Brown, Veterans Beach, Dr. Blute.