Wednesday’s Saratoga picks – Aug. 23

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Travers Week is here. The field is set – Tapwrit was pegged as the morning-line favorite in the field of 12 for the Midsummer Derby – and the sixth week of racing at Saratoga Race Course gets underway Wednesday with a 10-race card that features the $100,000 John’s Call and a solid steeplechase stakes.

The $75,000 Michael G. Walsh Novice going 2 3/8 miles over hurdles starts the card at 1 p.m. The race attracted a field of 10 led by Jonathan Kiser Novice runner-up Moscato and Kiser fourth and beaten favorite Surprising Soul.

The John’s Call goes as the eighth race on the card with a 5:02 p.m. post. The 1 5/8-mile turf stakes drew a field of seven led by 9/5 favorite Red Rifle, Infinite Wisdom and Nessy.

The Saratoga Special’s handicappers race continues to be close with defending champ John Shapazian asserting himself a bit more with just 12 days of racing remaining. Shapazian picked five winners Monday to take a two-win lead into Wednesday, bringing his seasonal record to 87-for-278 (31.3 percent). Charles Bedard, who led the group from the start until passed by Shapazian over the weekend, is second with 85 wins. Gaile Fitzgerald is third with 73 and Tom Law trails with 67.

1-My Afleet, Wigwam Baby, Moscato.
2-Destin, Flashy Jewel, Donegal Moon.
3-Machismo, Elusive Mischief, Strike.
4-Enduring Erin, Lady Paradime, Frostie Anne.
5-Consumerconfidence, Spectrolite, Daddy’s Home.
6-Zap Zap Zap, Oiseau de Guerre, Le Pin.
7-Tapella, Tiz Super, Parade.
8-Infinite Wisdom, Red Rifle, Nessy.
9-Nevisian Sky, Voodoo Song, Zigarch.
10-I Miss My Father, Money Laundering, Souper Colors. 

1-Moscato, My Afleet, Zio Elio.
2-Donegal Moon, Destin, Seeking The Soul.
3-Elusive Chief, Machismo, Spirit Fly.
4-Frostie Annie, Enduring Erin, Arewehavingfunyet.
5-Consumerconfidence, Spectrolite, Daddy’s Home.
6-Le Pin, Oiseau de Guerrero, Hill entry.
7-Tapella, Tiz Super, Parade.
8-Red Rifle, Infinite Wisdom, St Louie.
9-Nevisian Sky, Voodoo Song, Yummy Bear.
10-Nut Nut, I Miss My Father, Money Laundering.

TOM LAW (67/278):
1-My Afleet, Moscato, Zio Elio.
2-Destin, Donegal Moon, Seeking The Soul.
3-Machismo, Devine Entry, Strike.
4-Enduring Erin, Frostie Anne, Lady Paradime.
5-Daddy’s Home, Spectrolite, Consumerconfidence.
6-Oiseau de Guerre, Le Pin, New In A Drive.
7-Tapella, Parade, Economies Of Scale.
8-Nessy, Infinite Wisdom, Red Rifle.
9-Nevisian Sky, Voodoo Song, The J Y.
10-I Miss My Father, Souper Colors, Mast Step.

1-My Afleet, Bobabout, Moscato.
2-Flashy Jewel, Destin, Donegal Moon.
3-Machismo, Devine entry, Strike.
4-Frostie Anne, Enduring Erin, Arewehavingfunyet.
5-Baby Bear’s Soup, Daddy’s Home, Consumer Confidence.
6-Zap Zap Zap, Oiseau De Guerre, Le Pin.
7-Tapella, Bogulator, Presumptuous.
8-Infinite Wisdom, Red Rifle, Nessy.
9-Nevisian Sky, The J Y, Voodoo Song.
10-Souper Colors, Money Laundering, Fullback Foye.