Wednesday’s Saratoga picks – August 22

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Travers Week is here and Week 6 of the 2018 Saratoga Race Course meeting starts Wednesday with a 10-race card topped by the $75,000 Michael G. Walsh Novice hurdle and $100,000 John’s Call for older horses going 13 furlongs on the grass.

Wednesday’s card starts with the 2 3/8-mile Walsh, which drew a field of seven led by last-out allowance winner Boss Man, Johnathan Kiser runner-up Mutasaawy and Grade 3 National Hunt Cup winner Surprising Soul.

An overflow field of 16 entered the John’s Call – including four main track only runners. Call Provision, winner of an 11-furlong allowance-optional the first Saturday of the meet, is the 3-1 favorite for the John’s Call. Trained by the meet’s leading trainer, Chad Brown, Call Provision is 3-for-5 at Saratoga for Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence. Highland Sky is the 4-1 second choice off a fifth in the Grade 2 Bowling Green for Barclay Tagg.

The Saratoga Special’s handicappers took their lumps on Monday’s card – barely eking out a winner – and are back for another cut.

John Shapazian still leads with 83 winners from 276 races through the first 28 days of the meet, a strike rate of 30.1 percent. Charles Bedard is second with 63 winners, just ahead of Tom Law at 62. Donald Phillips trails with 50.

Here are the picks for Wednesday, Aug. 22. Take care and good luck.

JOHN SHAPAZIAN (83/276):
1-Boss Man, Surprising Soul, Mutasaawy.
2-Promises Broken, Special Risk, B Three.
3-Achilles Warrior, Party With Friends, Halladay.
4-Smiles From Sadie, Hit A Provisional, Brown entry.
5-Testosterstone, Blugrascat’s Smile, Mr. Buff.
6-Business Expense, Super Dude, Keep Quiet.
7-Mrs. Orb, Makin’ Out, In Denile.
8-Broken Border, Vortex Road, Driven By Speed.
9-You’re To Blame, Call Provision, Highland Sky.
10-Wild Type, No Limit Babe, Change Of Control.

CHARLES BEDARD (63/276):
1-Mutasaawy, Boss Man, No Wunder.
2-Promises Broke, Special Risk, Preziosa.
3-Stroll Daddy, Halladay, Party With Friends.
4-Smiles From Sadie, Hit A Provisional, Danielle’s Pride.
5-All About Ashley, Bluegrascat’s Smile, Mr. Buff
6-Admiral Blue, Keep Quiet, Business Expense.
7-Mrs. Orb, Adorina, Makin’ Out.
8-Broken Border, Driven By Speed, Vortex Speed.
9-You’re To Blame, Call Provision, Wake Forest.
10-No Limit Babe, Wild Type, Change Of Control

TOM LAW (62/276):
1-Boss Man, Mutasaawy, Surprising Soul.
2-Promises Broken, Special Risk, B Three.
3-Real Money, Gearhead, Egoli.
4- Danielle’s Pride, Hit A Provisional, Smiles From Sadie.
5-Cause I’m Alex, Mr. Buff, Testosterone.
6-Business Expense, Keep Quiet, Super Dude.
7-Mrs. Orb, Makin’ Out, Adorina.
8-Broken Border, Driven By Speed, Bareeqa.
9-Highland Sky, Patterson Cross, Rocketry.
10-Wild Type, Change Of Control, The Leeman Dinner.

DONALD PHILLIPS (50/276):
1-Mutasaawy, Boss Man, Swellelegent.
2-B Three, Promises Broken, Special Risk.
3-Stroll Daddy, Gearhead, Egoli.
4-Danielle’s Pride, Hit A Provisional, Smiles For Sadie.
5-Blugrascat’s Smile, Mr Buff, Holy Week.
6-Keep Quiet, Business Express, Decisive Triumph.
7-Mrs. Orb, Adorina, Makin’ Out.
8-Broken Border, Vortex Road, Table Of Six.
9-Rocketry, Call Provision, Highland Sky.
10-No Limit Babe, Wild Type, Bel Cuore.