Monday’s Saratoga picks – Aug. 14

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The midpoint came and went over the weekend and the fourth week of the 2017 Saratoga Race Course meeting comes to a close with a nine-race card Monday.

The $100,000 Saratoga Dew for older New York-bred fillies and mares highlights the day’s action, along with a solid allowance going 5 1/2 furlongs on the grass and a couple maiden races going the same trip.

The print edition of The Saratoga Special returns Thursday but it doesn’t stop our handicappers from making selections for Monday’s card. We’re in the midst of a good race for top honors with defending champion John Shapazian tied at the top with Charles Bedard. Shapazian, who along with Bedard have 65 winners, made up six wins last week to knot things up and he’ll no doubt keep racking up the wins with 19 days remaining in the meet.

The race for third – and to stay out of the basement – is also decent with Gaile Fitzgerald three ahead of Tom Law, 54-51.

Here are the handicapper’s selections for Monday, Aug. 14. Good luck.

John Shapazian (65/212):
1-Champagne Ruby, Non Finisce Mai, Hot Yankee.
2-Vigor, Hollywood Royal, e Five entry.
3-Happy Farm, Baby Bear’s Soup, Holding Aces.
4-Gidu, Pocket Book, Blue Lute.
5-Scatnap, She’s Stunning, Overdramatic.
6-Win With Pride, Keepingitquiet, Any Questions.
7-Battlement, Heavenly Score, Tizanillusion.
8-Literata, Flattermefabulous, Jc’s Shooting Star.
9-Musical America, Snag, River Of Dreams.

Gaile Fitzgerald (54/212):
1-Champagne Ruby, Everything Magic, Non Finise Mai.
2-Vigor, e Five entry, Hollywood Royal.
3-Happy Farm, Junket, Baby Bear’s Soup.
4-Gidu, Pocket Book, Scatjack.
5-Scatnap, Novique, Miss Tutu.
6-New Jersey John, Win With Pride, Any Questions.
7-Battlement, Heavenly Score, Orecchiette.
8-Literata, Flattermefabulous, Jc’s Shooting Star.
9-Musical America, River Of Dreams, Snag.

Tom Law (51/212):
1-Champagne Ruby, Hot Yankee, Non Finisce Mai.
2-Vigor, Hollywood Royal, Boom Boom Boom.
3-Baby Bear’s Soup, Holding Aces, Happy Farm.
4-Pocket Book, Gidu, Blue Lute.
5-She’s Stunning, Scatnap, Overdramatic.
6-Win With Pride, Any Questions, Keepingitquiet.
7-Battlement, Tizanillusion, Orecchiette.
8-Jc’s Shooting Star, Literata, Jcs American Dream.
9-Musical America, River Of Dreams, Snag.

Charles Bedard (65/212):
1-Champagne Ruby, Non Finisce Mai, Everything Magic.
2-Vigor, e Five entry, Hollywood Royal.
3-Baby Bear’s Soup, Happy Farm, Holding Aces.
4-Pocket Book, Gidu, Paris Cruise.
5-Scatnap, She’s Stunning, Novique.
6-Win With Pride, Any Questions, Keepingitquiet.
7-Tizanillusion, Annathela, Orecchiette.
8-Literati, Jcs American Dream, Jc’s Shooting Star.
9-Karma Delight, Snag, Unexplained.