The Sunday Special & Picks – Aug. 14

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Damon’s Mound rolls to victory in Saturday’s Saratoga Special for trainer Michelle Lovell. Tod Marks Photo.

The 2022 Saratoga meet rolls on as Week 5 comes to a close with a 10-race card Sunday topped by the $150,000 Mahony Stakes for 3-year-olds sprinting on the grass.

The 5 1/2-furlong Mahony attracted a field of seven led by Big Invasion, winner of the Grade 3 Quick Call way back on the first Sunday of the meet. He’s won five straight for trainer Christophe Clement and owners Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and is 1-2 on the morning line.

The handicappers take a look at the Mahony and the other nine races Sunday as a familiar face sits at the top spot on The Saratoga Special’s Power Grid.

John Shapazian continues at a torrid pace – what else is new? – and takes a six-win lead into Day 24. He’s picked 76 winners from 235 races, a strike rate of 32.3 percent. Tom Law continues to chase in second with 70 winners, with Charles Bedard (61), Rob Whitlock (59) and Jessica Paquette (53) rounding out the group.

Here are the picks for Sunday, Aug. 14. Good luck.

JOHN SHAPAZIAN (76/235):
1-Deccan Prince, Closethegame Sugar, Kbcya Leader.
2-Towhead, Forever Dixie, Beautifulnavigator.
3-Prairie Fire, Shadolamo, Cadeau de Paix.
4-Cost Basis, American Power, Fire Sword.
5-Sixth Street, Linear Thinking, She’s Stormy.
6-Chocolate Gelato, Firing Bullets, Upper Case.
7-Spungie, Instinctive, Home For Christmas.
8-Brattle House, Betsy Blue, Forever Dreaming.
9-Big Invasion, Editorial Comment, That’s Right.
10-Reckless Spirit, Brazillaire, Seaver.

TOM LAW (70/235):
1-Deccan Prince, Star Attitude, Rock Chalk.
2-Root Cause, Towhead, Shejustanicegirl.
3-Prairie Fire, Big Q, Cadeau de Paix.
4-Cost Basis, Fire Sword, Swiftsure.
5-Mrs. Green, Yamas, She’s Stormy.
6-Twin Mischief, Chocolate Gelato, Firing Bullets.
7-Out Of Sight, Spungie, Home For Christmas.
8-Brattle House, Betsy Blue, Sweet Solare.
9-Big Invasion, Editorial Comment, Cadamosto.
10-Reckless Spirit, Brazilloinaire, Relate.

CHARLES BEDARD (61/235):
1-Deccan Prince, Three Zero, Kbcya Later.
2-Towhead, Astrila, Root Cause.
3-Big Q, Prairie Fire, Guns Blazing.
4-Cost Basis, Ebben, Fire Sword.
5-Mrs. Green, Alessia, Parents Pride.
6-Take Charge Briana, Chocolate Gelato, Interpolate.
7-Spungie, Lady Thornhill, Out Of Sight.
8-Betsy Blue, Brattle House, Sweet Willemina.
9-Big Invasion, That’s Right, Editorial Comment.
10-Reckless Spirit, Brazillionaire, Seaver.

ROB WHITLOCK (59/235):
1-Star Attitude, Deccan Prince, Kbycya Later.
2-Moma, Forever Dixie, Towhead.
3-Prairie Fire, Big Q, Cadeau de Paix.
4-Cost Basis, Fire Sword, Ebben.
5-Yamas, Mrs Green, Libretto. 
6-Chocolate Gelato, Interpolate, Upper Case.
7-Spungie, Home For Christmas, Palace Gossip.
8-Brattle House, Betsy Blue, Halo City.
9-Big Invasion, Cadamosto, Sky And Sand.
10-Reckless Spirit, Brazzillionaire, Seaver.

JESSICA PAQUETTE (53/235):
1-Kbcya Later, Deccan Prince, Rock Chalk.
2-Moma, Root Cause, Towhead.
3-Big Q, Shadolamo, Cadeau de Paix.
4-Firesword, Swiftsure, Cost Basis.
5-Sixth Street, She’s All Class, Linear Thinking.
6-Take Charge Briana, Chocolate Gelato, Souper Slews Cash.
7-Lady Thornhill, Out Of Sight, Palace Gossip.
8-Brattle House, Forever Dreaming, Betsy Blue.
9-Determined Kingdom, Big Invasion, Editorial Comment.
10-Moon Hunter, Reckless Spirit, War Strategy.