The Thursday Special & Picks – Aug. 25

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Girl Dad (inside), claimed for $35,000 last time out and making his first start on the dirt, holds off stablemate Bluegrass Parkway to win Wednesday’s John’s Call Stakes at Saratoga. Tod Marks Photo.

Travers Week kicked off Wednesday and rolls along Thursday with a 10-race card topped by the $135,000 Riskaverse Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on the grass.

A field of 11 entered the Riskaverse, a restricted 1-mile stakes on the inner turf for fillies which have not won a sweepstakes other than state-bred at 1 mile or over. The group includes Canisy, winner of an Opening Day optional on the grass at Saratoga for Christophe Clement; and Skims, who exits three straight graded stakes for trainer Shug McGaughey.

The handicappers fared well on Wednesday’s card, which featured a canceled steeplechase and five off-the-turf events. They’re back for more Thursday and the picks for Thursday, Aug. 25 are below. Good luck.

JOHN SHAPAZIAN (102/305):
1-Monterey Peninsula, Naked And Famous, Supersonic.
2-Lady Caraggio, Playlist, Dontlookbackatall.
3-Cryo, Royal Spirit, Icarus.
4-Ee Yah, Royal Mover, Western Ghent.
5-Dust Devil, Direct Order, Kumar.
6-Light Stars, Rocky Sky, Beside Herself.
7-Tiwanaku, The Grey Wizard, Danzigwiththestars.
8-Liquidity Provider, Precursory, Tizzy In The Sky.
9-Skims, Customer List, Canisy.
10-Storm Shooter, Digital Future, Spettro.

TOM LAW (97/305):
1-Supersonic, Necromancer, Naked And Famous.
2-Playlist, Lady Caraggio, Essaouira.
3-Hard Rye Guy, Merci, St. Joe Louis.
4-Royal Mover, Ee Yah, Secret Thunder.
5-Direct Order, Giocare, Dust Devil.
6-Rocky Sky, Light Stars, Queen Bourbon.
7-Modern Science, The Grey Wizard, Saranac.
8-Liquidity Provider, Tizzy In The Sky, Alessia.
9-Skims, Canisy, Wonka.
10-Digital Future, Uncle George, Sandrone.

CHARLES BEDARD (81/305):
1-Necromancer, Supersonic, Naked And Famous.
2-Illicit, Cant Keep Me Down, Essaouira.
3-St. Joe Louis, Cryo, Merci.
4-Royal Mover, Ee Yah, Secret Thunder.
5-Dust Devil, Giocare, Direct Order.
6-Rocky Sky, Light Stars, Beside Herself.
7-Orchestration, Modern Science, James Jones.
8-Tizzy In The Sky, Allessia, Lute Player.
9-Skims, Canisy, Faith In Humanity.
10-Storm Shooter, Uncle George, Milano.

ROB WHITLOCK (86/305):
1-Supersonic, Monterey Peninsula, Moon Warrior.
2-Lady Caraggio, Can’t Keep Me Down, Essaouira.
3-Writeitontheice, Ancient Times, Royal Spirit.
4-Royal Mover, Secret Thunder, Warman Road.
5-Dust Devil, Amount, Direct Order.
6-Good Measure, Rocky Sky, Champagne Ivy.
7-Timanaku, Saranac, Danzigwiththestars.
8-Liquidity Provider, Tizzy In The Sky, Precursory.
9-Skims, Wonka, Canisy.
10-Fomo, Spettro, Uncle George.

JESSICSA PAQUETTE (72/305):
1-Naked And Famous, Supersonic, Monterey Peninsula.
2-Essaouira, Can’t Keep Me Down, Playlist.
3-Icarus, Fast Gordon, Ancient Times.
4-Secret Thunder, Ee Yah, Royal Mover.
5-Direct Order, Dust Devil, Warrior In Chief.
6-Good Measure, Queen Bourbon, Light Stars.
7-Search For Truth, The Grey Wizard, Snow’s Island.
8-Liquidity Provider, Handbelle, Dover Dreams.
9-Wonka, Skims, Canisy.
10-Napa Spirit, Spettro, Digital Future.

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