The Saratoga Special intern and 2014 National Handicapping Contest qualifier Billy Blake will serve up some wagering advice for This Is Horse Racing during this year's Saratoga Race Course meeting. He starts with Saturday's $500,000 guaranteed late pick 4, which caps a big card at the Spa that includes the Grade 3 Sanford Stakes and Grade 1 TVG Diana Stakes.
Race 8 Selections: 3, 6, 9
The skinny: Taghleeb (3) shouldn't have to worry about wide trip with this post, should gobble up the turf late. Toss last race for Flashlight (6); will face some pressure to his outside with Plainview but enticing at 10-1 on the morning line. Market Outlook (9) another good looking one in the Brown barn on the turf.
Race 9 Selections: 6, 7, 8, 11
The skinny: Expecting Awesome Slew to fly from the rail, setting things up for one of the four on the ticket in the Sanford. He's Comin In Hot (6) has speed, too, but perhaps rating will be key to victory. Paynes Prairie (7) is well posted, can sit just off and make a run at them in the stretch. Not going to let Cocked And Loaded (8) knock us out and Uncle Vinny (11) had excuse last out in the Tremont. Clean break could be recipe for success.
Race 10 Selections: 2, 4, 5, 7
The skinny: Nice edition of the Diana, first Grade 1 of the meet. Stephanie's Kitten (2) should have plenty of pace to close into with Kitten's Queen, Tepin and My Miss Sophia most likely pressing each other early. Hard Not To Like (4) reunites with John Velazquez and Waltzing Matilda (5) has every right to keep improving off win in American debut. Lady Lara (7) may appreciate added ground.
Race 11 Selections: 1, 2, 3, 8, 11
The skinny: Tricky $50,000 claimer to close out the card. In addition to some others, also using Longshot Cool (8) - turning back second start for David Jacobson, coming off a wide trip last out and has run against much tougher on dirt recently.