Sunday’s Saratoga picks – Aug. 15

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Where does the time go? Week 5 of the 2021 Saratoga Race Course meeting comes to a close Sunday with a 10-race card topped by the $120,000 Galway Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on the grass. 

Feels like just yesterday we were previewing the companion race to the Galway, the Coronation Cup, and looking at the calendar it’s all the way back to July 18 for that one. Anyway, we can’t go back so we’ll only look ahead and Sunday’s card presents plenty of challenge for horseplayers and handicappers. 

Our handicappers continue to slug it out and we have a tight race at the top with perennial leader John Shapazian right in the hunt after a strong week. Here are the picks for Sunday, Aug. 14. Good luck. 

JOHN SHAPAZIAN (71/235, 30.2 percent):
1-Good Skate, Skeptical, John’s Protege.
2-Kiss The Sky, Ansel, Never Say Know.
3-Herald Angel, Fuddled, Defy Expectations.
4-Water’s Edge, Devil’s Code, Quickflash.
5-Tap N Glo, Celestial, Knowing Glance.
6-Black Licorice, Candy Monet, Write This Down.
7-Never Explain, Mira Mission, Treason.
8-Absolute Love, Subsidiary, Jessica.
9-Tuscan Queen, Goin’ Good, Illegal Smile.
10-Amortization, Summer In The City, Kubie Snacks.

TOM LAW (75/235, 31.9 percent):
1-Good Skate, Silipo, John’s Protege.
2-Pletcher entry, Kiss The Sky, Ansel.
3-Herald Angel, Defy Expectations, Sassy Melissa.
4-Water’s Edge, Devil’s Code, Quickflash.
5-Tap N Glo, Knowing Glance, Positive Sum
6-Write This Down, Prairie Tales, Black Licorice.
7-Hilliard, Hidden Enemy, Never Explain.
8-Mongolian Humor, Subsidiary, Absolute Love.
9-Goin’ Good, Bye Bye, Dr B.
10-Mirabell Mei, Amortization, Summer In The City.

CHARLES BEDARD (67/235, 28.5 percent):
1-John’s Protege, Pickering Circle, Silipo.
2-Kiss The Sky, Ansel, Never Say Know.
3-Defy Expectations, Sassy Melissa, Herald Angel.
4-Water’s Edge, Saratoga Pal, Devil’s Code.
5-Jester Calls Nojoy, Gimmick, Positive Sum.
6-Write This Down, Roxen, Black Licorice.
7-Mira Mission, Shady McGee, Never Explain.
8-Absolute Love, Jessica, Mongolian Humor.
9-Illegal Smile, Dr B, Star Devine.
10-Summer In The City, Kubie Snacks, Princess Pinky.

ROB WHITLOCK (65/235, 27.7 percent):
1-Good Skate, Pickering Circle, John’s Protégé.
2-Kiss The Sky, Never Say Know, Street Vendor.
3-Herald Angel, Social Whirl, Fuddled.
4-Water’s Edge, Devil’s Code, Him She Kisses.
5-Knowing Glance, Tap N Glo, Positive Sum.
6-Black Licorice, Write This Down, Orma.
7-Shady McGee, Devil’s Sky, Never Explain.
8-Mongolian Humor, Viradia, Persian Queen.
9-Bye Bye, Mischiefful, Dr B.
10-Summer In The City, Italian Twin, Amortization.

JESSICA PAQUETTE (46/235, 19.6 percent):
1-Baja Fog, Silip, Skeptical.
2-Street Vendor, Kiss The Sky, King Of Sting.
3-Social Whirl, Defy Expectations, Sassy Melissa.
4-Water’s Edge, Quickflash, Him She Kisses.
5-Tap N Glo, Positive Sum, Gimmick.
6-Write This Down, Black Licorice, Orma.
7-Shady McGee, Never Explain, Treason.
8-Mongolian Humor, Subsidiary, Viradia.
9-Star Devine, Illegal Smile, Goin’ Good.
10-Alpha Babe, Mazal Eighteen, Adriatic Rose.