The Friday Special & Picks – Aug. 26

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John Velazquez, his family and colleagues celebrate his 1,000th victory Thursday at Saratoga. Tod Marks Photo.

Travers Weekend is here and everything kicks off with the annual Saratoga Showcase Day card for New York-breds.

Eleven races are on tap, including six stakes, and the handicappers are hungry for some winners.

Here are the picks for Friday, Aug. 26. Good luck.

JOHN SHAPAZIAN (104/315):
1-Maple Leaf Mel, Miracle, Song Parody.
2-Photon, Funny How, Clement entry.
3-Price Discipline, Barese, Montebello.
4-Chulligan, Boss Jim, Quick To Accuse.
5-Fingal’s Cave, Venti Valentine, Let Her Inspire U.
6-Lisa’s Vision, U Should B Dancing, Patria.
7-Andiamo A Firenze, Donegal Surges, Acoustic Ave.
8-Make Mischief, Wasp, Marvelous Maude.
9-Key Point, Who Hoo Thats Me, Listentoyourheart.
10-Bankit, City Man, Therapist.
11-Dressedforthefifth, Your Mission, On Palm Sunday

TOM LAW (99/315):
1-Maple Leaf Mel, Miracle, Song Parody.
2-Photon, Voleuse, Funny How.
3-Barese, Price Discipline, Montebello.
4-Chulligan, Quick To Accuse, Michael Leis.
5-Fingal’s Cave, Venti Valentine, Let Her Inspire U.
6-Lisa’s Vision, Patria, Leeloo.
7-Andiamo A Firenze, Acoustic Ave, Donegal Surges.
8-Make Mischief, Wasp, Runway Rumour.
9-Key Point, Who Hoo Thats Me, Anejo.
10-Bankit, City Man, Therapist.
11-Your Mission, On Palm Sunday, Addicted To You.

CHARLES BEDARD (81/315):
1-Maple Leaf Mel, Song Parody, Les Bon Temps.
2-Clement entry, Photon, Laochi.
3-Barese, Price Discipline, Montebello.
4-Chulligan, Michael Leis, Stow On The Wold.
5-Fingal’s Cave, Venti Valentine, Let Her Inspire U.
6-U Should B Dancing, Tis A Pity, Lisa’s Vision.
7-Andiamo A Firenze, Acoustic Ave, Donegal Surges.
8-Marvelous Maude, Make Mischief, Classic Lady.
9-Key Point, Who Hoo Thats Me, Listentoyourheart.
10-City Man, Bankit, Somelikeithotbrown.
11-Your Mission, Addicted To You, Whiskey Warrior.

ROB WHITLOCK (88/315):
1-Maple Leaf Mel, Song Parody, Miracle.
2-Voleuse, Funny How, Photon.
3-Price Discipline, Montebello, Barese.
4-Quick To Accuse, Chulligan, Boss Jim.
5-Venti Valentine, Let Her Inspire You, Fingal’s Cave.
6-Tis A Pity, Silver Fist, Lisa’s Vision.
7-Aidiamo A Firenze, Donegal Surges, I’m Wide Awake.
8-Pure Bode, Classic Lady, Marvelous Maude.
9-Key Point, Perfect Munnings, Anejo.
10-City Man, Cross Border, Jerry The Nipper.
11-Your Mission, Whisky Warrior, On Palm Sunday.

JESSICA PAQUETTE (72/315):
1-Les Bon Temps, Miracle, Song Parody.
2-Funny How, Photon, Voleuse.
3-Montebello, Price Discipline, Bossmakinbossmoves.
4-Chulligan, With Know Name, Quick To Accuse.
5-Fingal’s Cave, Ler Her Inspire U, Galaxina.
6-Leeloo, Aunt Virginia, Silver Fist.
7-Donegal Surges, Andiamo A Firenze, Acoustic Ave.
8-Marvelous Maude, Finest Work, Ice Princess.
9-Anejo, Listentoyourheart, Perfect Munnings.
10-City Man, Therapist, Ocala Dream.
11-Cash Bail, On Palm Sunday, Your Mission.

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