Sunday’s Saratoga picks – Sept. 6

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And then there were two. Only two days remain in the 2020 Saratoga Race Course meeting and Sunday’s penultimate card features a dozen races including the Grade 1 Spinaway, Grade 2 Honorable Miss Handicap and restricted Lucky Coin.

The day starts at 12:45, so shake off the Kentucky Derby Day cobwebs and get to work.

The 7-furlong Spinaway leads off the stakes as the ninth race at 5:11 p.m. ET. A field of six 2-year-old fillies are entered, including Saratoga maiden winners Irish Constitution and Lady Lilly. Beautiful Memories, who pulled up after stumbling at the break as the 3-5 favorite in the Opening Day Schuylerville Stakes, is the 9-5 choice on the morning line.

Older female sprinters go next in the Grade 2 Honorable Miss Handicap. Grade 1 Come Dancing, last year’s Ballerina winner with a 2-for-4 mark at Saratoga, starts from the rail as the 8-5 choice. The 6-furlong Honorable Miss is the 10th race at 5:45.

The $85,000 Lucky Coin, a 5 ½-furlong turf event restricted to non-winners of a sweepstakes in 2020, attracted a field of nine led by defending champ Shekky Shebaz, Gidu and Pulsate.

The handicappers went to work after Woodward and Derby Day and they’re back looking for more winners.

Winners have been in ample supply for the team this season and John Shapazian, on top of our standings for almost the entire season, will lock up another crown. He’s hitting at a 32.8 percent strike rate in 2020, with a record of 126-for-384. Tom Law continues to chase in second with 114 winners, while Charles Bedard (103) and Rob Whitlock (91) continue to search for scores.

The handicappers participated in the first – and hopefully last – Saratoga Special Kentucky Derby $100 bankroll challenge and only Charles cashed. He correctly made a $5 exacta wager with four horses – including Derby winner Authentic – on top of Tiz The Law. The Derby exacta paid $41 and Charles cashed for $102.50.

Here are the picks for Sunday, Sept. 6. Be safe, stay healthy and good luck.

JOHN SHAPAZIAN (126/384, 32.8 percent):
1-Fouette, Jordan’s Leo, Bellamore.
2-Cardiac Kitten, Tenure, No Bang No Boom.
3-Cold Hard Cash, Majestic West, First Rate.
4-Obsessed, Klaravich entry, Dreams Of Tomorrow.
5-Mo Dean, Lutescoot N Boogie, Blue Times.
6-Keota, A Little Faith, Bean Counter.
7-Chocolate Cookie, Calidad, Theodora Grace.
8-Tiz He The One, Lusitano, American Power.
9-Beautiful Memories, Guana Cay, Lady Lilly.
10-Blamed, Come Dancing, Bye Bye J.
11-Gidu, Shekky Shebaz, Readyforprimetime.
12-Tatterazzi, Super Cute, Positive Skew.

TOM LAW (114/384, 29.7 percent):
1-Jordan’s Leo, Fouette, Caramel Swirl.
2-Wild William, Bourbon Currency, Bad Beat Brian.
3-Cold Hard Cash, First Rate, Majestic West.
4-Klaravich entry, Ethos, Dreams Of Tomorrow.
5-Mo Dean, Berning Question, Leia Marie.
6-Keota, A Little Faith, Bean Counter.
7-Sainte Mere Eglise, Madison Parc, Chocolate Cookie.
8-Tiz He The One, Last Judgment, Releasethethunder.
9-Beautiful Memories, Irish Constitution, Guana Cay.
10-Come Dancing, Blamed, Pink Sands.
11-Shekky Shebaz, Pulsate, Gidu.
12-Positive Skew, Leeway, Super Cute.

CHARLES BEDARD (103/384, 26.8 percent):
1-Fouette, Thisladyis The Law, Malibu Curl.
2-Fevola, Tenure, Cardiac Kitten.
3-Cold Hard Cash, Blood Moon, First Rate.
4-Obsessed, Dreams Of Tomorrow, Complex System.
5-Jane Grey, Mo Dean, Lutescoot N Boogie.
6-Malibu Mischief, Keota, A Little Faith.
7-Dancing Kiki, Chocolate Cookie, Calidad.
8-Tiz He The One, Releasethethunder, American Power.
9-Beautiful Memories, Esplanande, Vequist.
10-Come Dancing, Lady’s Island, Bye Bye J.
11-Shekky Shebazz, Fig Jelly, Pulsate.
12-Positive Skew, Dipping In, Leeway.

ROB WHITLOCK (91/384, 23.7 percent):
1-Thisladyisthelaw, Fourtte, Bellamore.
2-Gins And Tins, Cardiac Kitten, Bourbon Currency.
3-Blood Moon, First Rate, Majestic West.
4-Ethos, Brown entry, Dreams Of Tomorrow.
5-Mo Dean, Lutescoot N Boogie, Blue Times.
6-Bean Counter, Keota, Brass Ring.
7-Madison Parc, Chocolate Cookie, Dancing Kiki.
8-Lusitano, Tiz He The One, American Power.
9-Beautiful Memories, Lady Lilly, Guana Cay.
10-Lady’s Island, Blamed, Come Dancing.
11-Readyforprimetime, Shekky Shabazz, Pulsate.
12-Leeway, Tatterazzi, Stuy Town Baby.