Monday’s Saratoga picks – July 31

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The second week of the 2017 Saratoga Race Course meeting comes to a close with another nine-race Monday card topped by the $100,000 Coronation Cup for 3-year-old fillies going 5 1/2 furlongs on the grass.

Like many of the grass races so far at the meet it looks like a good test for our handicappers. Since The Saratoga Special doesn’t print a Monday or Wednesday edition our regular quartet of handicappers publish their picks in this space every week.

Charles Bedard continues at a torrid pace, leading the four with 31 winners from 92 races. Defending champ John Shapazian moved out of the basement and is next with 23 winners, followed by Monday birthday boy Tom Law (21) and Gaile Fitzgerald (20).

Here are The Saratoga Special handicapper’s picks for Monday. Good luck.

JOHN SHAPAZIAN (23/92):
1-Battlement, Miss Kentucky, Pray For Bourbon.
2-Oiseau de Guerre, Peace Speaker, Now In A Drive.
3-Moana, Smile Big, Blenheim Palace.
4-Joopster, Duncastle, Day Of Reckoning.
5-Shadow Rock, Starship Wildcat, Aktabantay.
6-Frost Lady, Believe Indeed, My Good Venezuela.
7-Minsky Moment, Blame The Thief, Winston’s Chance.
8-Morticia, Indian Mantuana, No More Babies.
9-Souper Colors, Dab, Lake Surprise.

GAILE FITZGERALD (20/92):
1-True Charm, Battlement, Miss Kentucky.
2-Makeamericagreat, Mohican, Peace Speaker.
3-Moana, Smile Big, Stay Found.
4-Shane’s Jewel, Joopster, Day Of Reckoning.
5-Aktabantay, No Hiding Place, Shadow Rock.
6-Frosty Lady, Charming Clare, Morethanawarning.
7-Minsky Moment, Royal Ekati, Winston’s Chance.
8-Hidden Mystery, India Mantuana, Morticia.
9-Dab, Martino, Souper Colors.

TOM LAW (21/92):
1-Battlement, Pray For Bourbon, Miss Kentucky.
2-Peace Speaker, Now In A Drive, Oiseau de Guerre.
3-Moana, Blenheim Palace, Smile Big.
4-Duncastle, Joopster, Shane’s Jewel.
5-Aktabantay, Shadow Rock, No Hiding Place.
6-My Good Venezuela, Charming Clare, Morethanawarning.
7-Minsky Moment, Royal Ekati, Blame The Thief.
8-Morticia, Hidden Mystery, Indian Mantuana.
9-Dab, Saratoga Colonel, Lake Surprise.

CHARLES BEDARD (31/92):
1-Battlement, Miss Kentucky, Pray For Bourbon.
2-Now In A Drive, Peace Speaker, Makeamericagreat.
3-Moana, Blenheim Palace, Smile Big.
4-Duncastle, Day Of Reckoning, Shane’s Jewel.
5-Shadow Rock, Aktabantay, Tale Of E Dubai.
6-My Good Venezuela, Frosty Lady, Charming Clare.
7-Minsky Moment, Blame The Thief, Royal Ekati.
8-Morticia, Epping Forest, India Mantuana.
9-Dab, Nut Nut, Souper Colors.