Saratoga selections: Monday, Aug. 31

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A very memorable Travers Stakes is in the books and there’s only a shade more than week to go in the 2015 Saratoga Race Course meeting. Still plenty of time to get out of the hole, pick up some shipping money or to pad the already swelled bankroll.

It’s been a tough meet for many, but with every racing day comes opportunity. Ten races Monday, so 10 opportunities.

The second edition of the $100,000 Better Talk Now Stakes is Monday’s feature.

There’s a good battle for top handicapper in The Saratoga Special, with Gaile Fitzgerald holding a two-win lead over defending champ John Shapazian. Gaile’s got 95 winners from 339 races, a strike race of 28 percent.

It’s a chasm back to third, where Tom Law and Chad Summers are tied with 79. Charles Bedard trails with 74.

Here’s The Special’s picks for Monday, Aug. 31:

John Shapazian (93/339):
1-Ready For Summer, Ave’s Halo, Conspirer.
2-Farraj, Kick Off, Up My Alley.
3-First Service, Myfourchix, Golden Gem.
4-Roll Tide Roll, Tennessee, Proven Commodity.
5-Fitpitcher, On Leave, Lady Carrington.
6-Fine Instincts, Strong Incentive, Star’s Bella Vita.
7-Crisolles, Rosalind, Patsy’s Holiday.
8-Prospero, Looking Cool, Congenial.
9-Offering Plan, A Lot, Nucifera.
10-Self Starter, Tempietto, Forty Purrs.

Tom Law (79/339):
1-Sunrise Kitty, Conspirer, Ave’s Halo.
2-Kick Off, Street Jersey, Farraj.
3-First Service, My Super Nova, Myfourchix.
4-Proven Commodity, Tennessee, Longfor The City.
5-On Leave, Wessex, Time And Motion.
6-Strong Incentive, Fine Instincts, Star’s Bella Vita.
7-Rosalind, Crisolles, La Madrina.
8-Prospero, Looking Cool, Barrister Jim.
9-A Lot, Nucifera, Offering Plan.
10-Tempietto, Forty Purrs, Key To The Bridge.

Gaile Fitzgerald (95/339):
1-Ave’s Halo, Sunrise Kitty, Conspirer.
2-Farraj, Kick Off, Street Jersey.
3-First Service, Myfourchix, Golden Gem.
4-Roll Tide Roll, Juan And Bina, Tennessee.
5-Fitpitcher, On Leave, Lady Carrington.
6-Fine Instincts, Strong Incentive, Star’s Bella Vita.
7-Rosalind, Crisolles, Patsy’s Holiday.
8-Looking Cool, Congenial, Prospero.
9-A Lot, Nucifera, Offering Plan.
10-Self Starter, Tiz Time To Shake, Banco Dinero.

Charles Bedard (74/339):
1-Liberty Fuze, Ready For Summer, Conspired.
2-Street Jersey, Farraj, Saratoga Wildcat .
3-First Service, Miss Valued, Myfourchix.
4-Tennessee, Roll Tide Roll, Juan And Bina.
5-Fitpitcher, American Doll, Believe In Bertie.
6-Hundred Year Storm, The Strip, Fine Instincts.
7-Patsy’s Holiday, Rosalind, Distorted Beauty.
8-Prospero, Looking Cool, Congenial.
9-Nucifera, A Lot, High Noon Rider.
10-Key To The Bridge, Forty Purrs, Veya.

Chad Summers (79/339):
1-Ready For Summer, Sunrise Kitty, Klesaris entry.
2-Farraj, Kohlhase, Street Jersey.
3-First Service, Sonora, Myfourchix.
4-Tennessee, Roll Tide Roll, Proven Commodity.
5-Barbados Kitten, Lady Carrington, American Doll.
6-Lanas Fortune, Written In Stars, Hundred Year Storm.
7-La Madrina, Distorted Beauty, Crisolles.
8-Looking Cool, Tizmas, Barrister Jim.
9-A Lot, Offering Plan, High Noon Rider.
10-Key To The Bridge, Forty Purrs, Bubba’s D’oro.