The Sunday Special & Picks – Aug. 28

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Epicenter and Joel Rosario stole the show Saturday, winning the 153rd Travers Stakes with authority. Tod Marks Photo.

Week 7 of the 2022 Saratoga Race Course meeting comes to a close Sunday with a 10-race card topped by the Grade 1 Ballerina Handicap for older fillies and mares and Better Talk Now for 3-year-olds on the grass.

Champion female sprinter Ce Ce returns to Saratoga for the 7-furlong Ballerina and takes on a good group led by Obligatory, Bella Sofia and Lady Rocket and Goodnight Olive. The Ballerina goes as the ninth race at 5:39 p.m. ET.

The handicappers are back and looking for winners. The race for the top spot tightened a bit after Saturday’s Travers Day card, with John Shapazian holding a three-win lead over Tom Law. John has 112 winners for the meet.

Here are the picks for Sunday, Aug. 28. Good luck.

JOHN SHAPAZIAN (112/339):
1-Akayla, Candle, Xigera.
2-Endowed, Higher Quality, Cryo.
3-Abuse Of Power, Corns entry, Bustin Bullet.
4-Sidekick, Gasoline, Abundant Honor.
5-Devil’s Outlaw, Microphone, Irwin.
6-Alpha Bella, High Class, Love To Shop.
7-Freedomofthepress, Train To Artemus, O’Gotten Girl.
8-Wit, Legends Can’t Die, Napoleonic War.
9-Ce Ce, Obligatory, Bella Sofia.
10-Rocket’s Red Glare, Steady On, Be There.

TOM LAW (109/339):
1-Xigera, Akayla, Mademoisellejackie.
2-Cryo, Endowed, Bold Victory.
3-Abuse Of Power, Mispelled Moon, Tweaqued.
4-Sidekick, Gasoline, Abundant Honor.
5-Microphone, Devil’s Outlaw, Shawdyshawdyshawdy.
6-Lovin’ On The Run, Love To Shop, Soledad.
7-Freedomofthepress, O’Gotten Girl, Train To Artemus.
8-Wit, Napoleonic War, Legends Can’t Die.
9-Ce Ce, Obligatory, Caramel Swirl.
10-Java Buzz, Rocket’s Red Glare, Steady On.

CHARLES BEDARD (90/339):
1-Xigera, Candle, Freydis The Red.
2-Endowed, Bold Victory, Cryo.
3-Abuse Of Power, Corms entry, Bustin Bullet.
4-Gasoline, Abundant Honor, Sidekick.
5-Tiwanaku, Microphone, Rodriguez entry.
6-Alpha Bella, Nursekringledances, High Class.
7-Freedomofthepress, Beautiful Karen, O’Gotten Girl.
8-Wit, Napoleonic War, Emboite.
9-Obligatory, Ce Ce, Bella Sofia.
10-Java Buzz, Rocket’s Red Glare, Super Quality.

ROB WHITLOCK (97/339):
1-Candle, Xigera, Akayla.
2-Endowed, Eloquist, Bold Victory.
3-Abuse Of Power, Handal entry, Misspelled Moon
4-Gasoline, Sidekick, Cloud Forest.
5-Microphone, Colosseo, Shawdyshawdyshawdy.
6-Love To Shop, High Class, Lovin On The Run.
7-Train To Artemus, Freedomofthepress, Summer At The Spa.
8-Wit, Riot House, Legends Can’t Die.
9-Ce Ce, Goodnight Olive, Obligatory. 
10-Upper Level, Java Buzz, Super Quality.

JESSICA PAQUETTE (75/339):
1-Candle, Akayla, Justifiable Belle.
2-Never Change, Endow, Cryo.
3-Mispelled Mooon, Smokin Hot Kitty, Abuse Of Power.
4-Bold Looker, Side Kick, Cloud Forest.
5-Microphone, Call Me Harry, Exult.
6-Love To Shop, Soledad, The Great Maybe.
7-Summer At The Spa, Train To Artemus, Freedomofthepress.
8-Legends Can’t Die, Wit, Serifos.
9-Obligatory, Ce Ce, Lady Rocket.
10-Steady On, Upper Level, Broadway Jimmy.

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