The Thursday Special & Picks – Aug. 11

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Tom Amoss celebrates his latest milestone with family Wednesday at Saratoga. Tod Marks Photo.

Week 5 of the Saratoga meet flashed from the gate Wednesday and the second half of the 2022 season officially goes Thursday.

Day 21 awaits horseplayers and horsemen and The Thursday Special has it covered. The $150,000 Galway tops the 10-race card, with post time for the 5 ½-furlong turf stakes for 3-year-old fillies set for 5:39.

Have a great day and good luck.

By the Numbers

22 1/4: Margin of victory by Drink The Wind in Wednesday’s second race

4,000: Wins for trainer Tom Amoss after he saddled Isolate to victory in Wednesday’s Tale Of The Cat Stakes

Worth Repeating
“I got my degree in 1983 from LSU and went straight to the racetrack – no business interviews, just grabbed a shank and started walking horses.”
Trainer Tom Amoss

License Plate of the Day
2THEG8 – New York (Thanks to reader Greg Russo).

Thursday’s Saratoga picks – August 11

JOHN SHAPAZIAN (70/204):
1-Salt Cay, Catching Cupid, Patrick The Great.
2-Olive Kat, Angleinka, Weekend Fun.
3-Dame Cinco, Preposterous, Clara Belle.
4-Barrage, Ruse, Ghost Giant.
5-Sense A Giant, Mr. Connecticut, The Sleepychipmunk.
6-Curly Larry And Mo, Impressor, Donegal Surges.
7-Winter Pool, Grumps Little Tots, Kershaw.
8-Echo Foxtrot, Backyard Money, H.T. Xena.
9-Empress Tigress, Breeze Easy, Poppy Flower.
10-Jocosity, La Victoria, Aleste.

TOM LAW (60/204):
1-Patrick The Great, Catching Cupid, Salt Cay.
2-Invaluable, Angelinka, Olive Kat.
3-Dame Cinco, Clara Belle, Belarus.
4-Prince Of Pharoahs, Ghost Giant, Ruse.
5-Mr. Connecticut, On Palm Sunday, The Sleepychipmunk.
6-Impressor, Mama’s Gold, Donegal Surges.
7-Winter Pool, Claytnthelionheart, Kershaw.
8-Cupids Girl, Backyard Money, Echo Foxtrot.
9-Derrynane, Empress Tigress, Poppy Flower.
10-Jocosity, Succulent, Aleste.

CHARLES BEDARD (58/204):
1-Patrick The Great, Salt Cay, Catching Cupid.
2-Invaluable, Olive Kat, Bustin Bay.
3-Belarus, Dame Cinco, Clara Belle.
4-Straw Into Gold, Barrage, Ghost Giant.
5-Addicted To You, Uragano, Mr. Connecticut.
6-Curly Larry And Mo, Max Foster, Blame It On Daddy.
7-Pioneer Spirit, Truculent, Winter Pool.
8-Echo Foxtrot, Bella Principessa, Maybe Later.
9-Empress Tigress, Makin My Move, Poppy Flower.
10-Jocosity, Saratoga Chrome, Aleste.

ROB WHITLOCK (52/204):
1-Catching Cupid, Coldwalker, Sight Unseen.
2-Angelika, Violent Point, Bay Jewel.
3-Dame Cinco, Belarus, Clara Belle.
4-Ruse, Barrage, Ghost Giant.
5-Mr. Connecticut, Sense A Giant, On Palm Sunday.
6-Curly Larry And Mo, Ramblin Wreck, Impressor.
7-Air Attack, Grumps Little Tots, Kershaw.
8-Maybe Later, Cupids Girl, H. T. Xena. 
9-Poppy Flower, Breeze Easy, Have A Good Day.
10-Jocosity, Bavarian Creme, Saratoga Chrome.

JESSICA PAQUETTE (46/204):
1-Catching Cupid, Patrick The Great, Salt Cay.
2-Olive Kat, Angelinka, Jen’s Battle.
3-Dame Cinco, Belarus, Preposterous.
4-Ruse, Barrage, Ghost Giant.
5-On Palm Sunday, Sense A Giant, Addicted To You.
6-Impressor, Mama’s Gold, Donegal Surges.
7-Truculent, Air Attack, Kershaw.
8-Echo Foxtrot, Backyard Money, Len Lo Lady.
9-Empress Tigres, Poppyflower, Breeze Easy.
10-Succulent, Jocosity, Alaste.