The Sunday Special with picks – July 24

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Nest blows the field away in Saturday’s Coaching Club American Oaks. Tod Marks Photo.

How about that showdown Saturday? Nest turned it into a romp with a 12 1/4-length win over Secret Oath. The only way to top it would be to offer another one Sunday; and that’s exactly what awaits fans at Saratoga Race Course.

Clairiere and Malathaat, 1-2 in the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps on Belmont Stakes Day last month, meet again in the Grade 2 Shuvee. The American Graded Stakes Committee figures to have some work to do after this renewal, and a likely return to Grade 1 status for the longtime filly and mare fixture looms.

Here’s your Special for Sunday, July 24. Enjoy.

Worth Repeating

“It’s what we’ve come to expect from him every breeze. It looks like he’s going effortlessly, keeps going on the gallop out. She had to reach up and grab him at the half-mile pole galloping out just to get him pulled up. He’s a super mover, efficient and on cruise control.”

Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher on Life Is Good, who breezed 5 furlongs Friday in 1:02.05.

“Lorita did a fantastic job with him at Belmont and his numbers continued to go forward. For a 3-year-old, those are all the boxes they need to check.”

Trainer Joe Sharp on assistant Lorita Lindemann and Rick Violette Stakes winner Practice Squad

Names of the Day, by Miles Clancy
Phantom Snoke, Fourth Race. The 4-year-old gelding is by Ghostzapper out of Smoke Signals.

Baba, Ninth Race. The 4-year-old filly is owned by Black Sheep Squadron Racing Stable.

Emboite, Tenth Race. The 3-year-old colt is out of Dancing Shoes. Emboite is a type of ballet step. 

Sunday’s Saratoga picks

JOHN SHAPAZIAN (25/82):
1-Faithful And True, Bourbon Bash, Bat Flip.
2-Icon, Once A Giant, Ampersand.
3-Power Agenda, Rice entry, Taco Bean.
4-Bronx Bomber, Phantom Smoke, King Angelo.
5-Malathaat, Clairiere, Crazy Beautiful.
6-Rarify, Key Of Life, Kaling.
7-Bisset, Idea Generation, Treasured Gem.
8-Swiftsure, Kinetic Sky, Emerald Express.
9-Baba, Osiria, A Little Faith.
10-Cheeky Tico, Smoke And Heat, Funding Gap.

TOM LAW (19/82):
1-Bat Flip, Blazing Success, Bourbon Bash.
2-Ampersand, Icon, Once A Giant.
3-Power Agenda, Rice entry, Taco Bean.
4-Phantom Smoke, Swashbuckle, King Angelo.
5-Malathaat, Clairiere, Crazy Beautiful.
6-Key Of Life, Kaling, Randomized.
7-Idea Generation, Love Tank, Treasured Gem.
8-Kinetic Sky, Swiftsure, Totalizer.
9-Boxing Day, Nota Bene, A Little Faith.
10-Street Vendor, What A Dude, Pivotal Mission.

CHARLES BEDARD (28/82):
1-Bourbon Bash, Bat Flip, Blazing Sevens.
2-Once A Giant, Amadeus Music, Ampersand.
3-Power Agenda, Rice entry, Doctor Love.
4-Quickflash, Phantom Smoke, Swashbuckle.
5-Malathaat, Clairiere, Exotic West.
6-Key Of Life, Take Charge Briana, Rarify.
7-Born Dapper, Treasured Gem, Empress Isabel.
8-Emerald Express, Totalizer, Swiftsure.
9-Baba, Osiria, A Little Faith.
10-Floki’s Flight, What A Dude, Street Vendor.

ROB WHITLOCK (19/82):
1-Bat Flip, Upgrade, Faithful And True.
2-Ampersand, Once A Giant, Icon.
3-Power Agenda, Doctor Love, Rice entry.
4-Phantom Smoke, Shiraz, Swashbuckle.
5-Malathaat, Clariere, Crazy Beautiful.
6-Watch This Munny, Kaling, Vahva.
7-Love Tank, Idea Generation, Treasured Gem.
8-Kinectic Sky, Swiftsure, Totalizer.
9-Osiria, Neon Summer, Boxing Day.
10-Street Vendor, What A Dude, Smoke And Heat.

JESSICA PAQUETTE (21/82):
1-Blazing Sevens, Upgrade, Bat Flip.
2-Once A Giant, Ampersand, Amedeus Music.
3-Raw Courage, Power Agenda, Moonshiningbright.
4-Quickflash, Bronx Bomber, Battle Station.
5-Clairiere, Malathaat, Crazy Beautiful.
6-Rarify, Key Of Life, Vahva.
7-Bisset, Born Dapper, Love Tank.
8-Swiftsure, Kinetic Sky, Bold Victory.
9-Chasing Cara, Baba, Osiria.
10-Cheeky Tico, What A Dude, Good Medicine.

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Tom Law

Tom Law is the managing editor of ST Publishing, Inc., parent company of thisishorseracing.com and The Saratoga Special. He lives in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
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