Tuesday, July 22, 2014

July 23, 2014: Saratoga Quick Picks

Race 2: Maiden Special Weight (5f): #6 Kisses for Romeo (M/L 5/1)
This isn't the easiest of two-year-old races to dissect, but Kisses for Romeo is by Malibu Moon, whose progeny are often fairly precocious. She's the first filly out of a G3 placed turf router, who is a half to MSW Golden Strategy. I mostly like that this gal logged a bullet work over four furlongs locally leading into this race for a trainer who has a touch better record at Saratoga than overall. 
Others to consider: #3 Empressive Humor (M/L 4/1), #8 Overspending (M/L 7/5)

Race 8: $25,000 Claimer (7f): #5 Shankopotamus (M/L 15/1)
Six-year-old son of Greatness enters here off lower level win and first up for new trainer Jeremiah Englehart. Englehart's stats for horses making their first start with him, horses who won last out, and claimers up by 50% or more are all very good. Not to mention the form of his most recent win has come back solid with the second, fifth, seventh, and eighth place finishers all winning next time out. The only negative I can find is that Englehart's recent record at Saratoga isn't great, but other than that, all signs point to this fellow being ready to run. 
Others to consider: #8 Photon (M/L 12/1), #3 Bernie the Maestro (M/L 6/1)

Race 9: G2 Lake George (8.5f, turf): #1 Daring Kathy (M/L 6/1)
This may be a class test, but I think this daughter of Wildcat Heir out of a Kingmambo mare is more than up to the task. Undefeated in three starts on turf, Daring Kathy appears to prefer to be on the lead, but can sit just off the pace, if necessary, which will be important considering there's a wire-to-wire winner in Speed Seeker, who may very well end up being a bit keen in what will only be her second career start, in this field. Her win two-back came up strong with the second and third place finishers winning next time out, the latter of which won in a stakes. She's won twice at this distance and looks to make it four-straight for the red hot David Fawkes barn. Velazquez gets the mount. 
Others to consider: #7 A Little Bit Sassy (M/L 5/2)

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