Monday’s Saratoga picks

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The fifth week of the 2018 Saratoga Race Course meeting comes to a close Monday afternoon with a throwback card – just nine races – and the $100,000 Evan Shipman for New York-breds.

The 9-furlong Evan Shipman attracted a field of eight, including last year’s Albany and Empire Classic winner Twisted Tom, Grade 3 winner Control Group and the first three from the Saginaw in Pat On The Back, Wine Not and Hit It Once More. The Evan Shipman goes as the eighth race on the card with a post time of 5:02 p.m.

Monday’s card also includes a two-turn maiden special weight, a turf sprint maiden for 2-year-olds and a $92,000 allowance-optional going 5 1/2 furlongs on the grass for older horses.

The Saratoga Special’s handicappers are back with their selections – with the paper set to return Thursday for the first of the final eight issues of the season – and looking for winners.

John Shapazian has found the most of the regular quartet, picking 82 winners from the 267 races run over the 27 days of the meet. He’s well clear of the other three and picking at a 30.7 percent strike rate.

Charles Bedard is second with 62 winners, just ahead of Tom Law at 61. Donald Phillips trails with 50 winners.

Here are the handicappers’ picks for Monday, Aug. 20. Be safe and good luck.

JOHN SHAPAZIAN (82/267):
1-Canadian Flyer, Belgian, Diodoro entry.
2-Wappinger, Stay Good, Puffin Patty.
3-Point To Remember, Domain, Big Muddy.
4-Introduced, Miss Hanna Jo, Ward entry.
5-Forest Blue, King Kranz, Missle Bomb.
6-Little Code, Arch Of Troy, Regal Dame.
7-Fairyland, Black Canary, Jumbo Bay.
8-Pat On The Back, Control Group, Twisted Tom.
9-Riendo, Lemon Blitz, Cuarenta.

CHARLES BEDARD (62/267):
1-Belgian, Rappel, Mohican.
2-Zecha, Stay Good, Gentle Annie.
3-Point To Remember, Domain, Labeq.
4-Super Simple, Ward entry, Miss Hanna Jo.
5-Missle Bomb, Forest Blue, Ranger In Paradise.
6-Little Code, Miko, Magician’s Vanity.
7-Black Canary, Miss Gossip, Picture Day.
8-Pat On The Back, Control Group, Can You Diggit.
9-Won’t Be Missed, Millies Party Boy, Riendo.

TOM LAW (61/267):
1-Belgian, Diodoro entry, Rappel.
2-Stay Good, Wappinger, Lutenanny.
3-Point To Remember, Domain, Big Muddy.
4-Timely, Miss Hanna Jo, Irish Hustle.
5-Missle Bomb, Forest Blue, King Kranz.
6-Lady Love, Rosebud’s Hope, Little Code.
7-Quality Time, Black Canary, Fairyland.
8-Twisted Tom, Control Group, Pat On The Back.
9-Lemon Blitz, Sir Frost, Riendo.

DONALD PHILLIPS 50(/267):
1-Belgian, Rappel, Mohican.
2-Lutenanny, Stay Good, Wappinger.
3-Fireball Shot, Point To Remember, Domain.
4-Timely, Introduced, Miss Hanna Jo.
5-Missle Bomb, King Kranz, Forest Blue.
6-Little Code, Lady Love, Magician’s Vanity.
7-Black Canary, Rumble Doll, Jumby Bay.
8-Pat On The Back, Can You Diggit, Twisted Tom.
9-Riendo, Millies Party Boy, Run For Boston.