Sunday’s Saratoga picks – Aug. 22

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Three-quarters of the way through the 2021 Saratoga meet and on the heels of a thrilling Alabama Stakes, Week 6 comes to a close with 10-race card topped by the $120,000 Summer Colony Stakes for older fillies and mares. 

A field of six entered the 9-furlong Summer Colony, named for the late Ned Evans’ Grade 1-winning mare who put on a show here in 2001 when she broke her maiden by 32 3/4 lengths. She later added an allowance win by open lengths that year and came back in 2002 to take the Grade 1 Personal Ensign. Most likely none of that ilk in this year’s Summy Colony but a balanaced group who fit the conditions as non winners of a graded stakes in 2021. 

Horologist came close, finishing three quarters of a length behind Royal Flag in the Grade 3 Shuvee the second weekend of the meet. She runs back for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott. 

The handicappers went over the card after a busy day Saturday and hope for some more winners. The race for top handicapper is awful tight at the top. Buckle up for the third to last Sunday of the meet with Travers Week on the way. Here are the picks for Sunday, Aug. 22. Good luck. 

JOHN SHAPAZIAN (93/286, 32.5 percent):
1-Four Dawn, Time For Cupid, Goddess Of Fire.
2-Penny Saver, Highly Devauxted, Fortineno.
3-Clench, Storm Advisory, Bronzed.
4-Shesadirtydancer, What A Trick, Lilly Simone.
5-Miss Peppina, Cazilda Fortytales, Quantatitivbreezin.
6-Opening Night, Lady Milagro, Shanghai Shamrock.
7-Angkor, Rhythm Section, Mud Pie.
8-Colormepazzi, Lyrical Poet, Zanno.
9-Horologist, Gibberish, Gold Spirit.
10-Rudy Rod, Voter Protection, Tallis.

TOM LAW (95/286, 33.2 percent):
1-Time For Cupid, Goddess Of Fire, Dover Dreams.
2-Penny Saver, Miss You Ella, Fortineno.
3-Clench, Eagle Pass, Bronzed.
4-Shesadirtydancer, What A Trick, Lilly Simone.
5-Miss Peppina, Cazilda Fortytales, Quantitativbreezin.
6-Lady Milagro, Opening Night, No Nannette No.
7-Angkor, Box N Score, Mud Pie.
8-Devious Mo, Kasim, Ahead Of Plan.
9-Horologist, Gold Spirit, Dunbar Road.
10-Voter Protection, Tallis, Bail Out.

CHARLES BEDARD (85/286, 29.7 percent):
1-Four Dawn, Time For Cupid, Goddess Of Fire.
2-Five Prizes, Seduce, Madamoussepousse.
3-Strolling, Bronzed, Genghis.
4-What A Trick, Athwaaq, Lilly Simone.
5-Miss Peppina, Cazilda Fortytales, Quantitativbreezin.
6-Shanghai Shamrock, Opening Knight, Lady Milagro.
7-Box N Score, Exult, Mud Pie.
8-Fast Break, Ahead Of Plan, Zanno.
9-Horologist, Gibberish, Dunbar Road.
10-Bail Out, Voter Protection, Tallis.

ROB WHITLOCK (80/286, 28 percent):
1-Time For Cupid, Four Dawn, Goddess Of Fire.
2-Penny Saver, Fortineno, Five Prizes.
3-Clench, Eagle Pass, Strolling.
4-Shezadirtydancer, What A Trick, Lilly Simone.
5-Thief Of Hearts, Bella Dominica, Cazilda Fortytales.
6-Opening Night, Shanghai Shamrock, No Nannette No.
7-Angkor, Exhult, Actuary.
8-Devious Mo, Kasim, Muchmorethanthis.
9-Gibberish, Gold Spirit, Horoligist.
10-Voter Protection, Tallis, Leading West.

JESSICA PAQUETTE (64/286, 22.4 percent):
1-Goddess Of Fire, For Dawn, Time For Cupid.
2-Fortineno, Madamoussepousse, Miss You Ella.
3-Strolling, Storm Advisory, Clench.
4-Lilly Simone, Mopolka, What A Trick.
5-Thief Of Hearts, Baba, Bella Domenica.
6-No Nannette No, Amore Fire, Opening Night.
7-Rhythm Section, Box N Score, Exult.
8-Lyrical Poet, Zanno, Kasim.
9-Gibberish, Dunbar Road, Thankful.
10-Boldish, Tallis, Leading West.