SARATOGA – 7/19/2023
RACE 1: 1-3-6-8
#1 FREDDY FLINTSHIRE is the most decorated jumper in the field and should be tough to handle off a brief layoff following a pair of solid efforts to begin 2023.
RACE 2: 2-3-7-1
#2 CLOUD FOREST is the one to beat dropping back into the maiden claiming ranks after a good effort most recently in a deep and competitive MSW event. He fits well here from a rail draw that has been advantageous going this mile.
RACE 3: 1-5-6-7
#1 MADDIE’S GRACE is the one to beat returning off a brief break and getting Irad Ortiz, Jr. in the irons. She has the tactical speed to be a player from the outset and will be a deserving heavy favorite.
RACE 4: 2/2B-3-5-1
#2 BACK RING LUCK is supposed to control this race on the front end as a likely favorite having scored last out against lesser. He is a hardened veteran who has competed favorably around these parts against better and should be dangerous if left alone on the front end.
RACE 5: 3-7-9-1
#3 RUN SMITTY RUN turned heads in an eye-opening win two starts back on dirt at Aqueduct. Granted, he had a big pace to run at that afternoon but also exploded late in a race that yielded some solid subsequent efforts. The pace should be there for him today and that makes him a player at a square price.
RACE 6: 6-7-1-2
#7 GINUCCHA is a first timer by Maximus Mischief with good workouts. The dam has dropped three winners from four to race and this barn has done very well with 2YOs over the years. Tab the tote action for more clues.
RACE 7: 10-3-9-7
#2 MASTEROF THE TUNES stretches out in distance and has been successful going long in the past. Irad Ortiz, Jr. gets aboard and that will drive the price down but she comes from a barn that rarely gets a ton of attention.
RACE 8: 4-2-5-1
#4 SIXTYTHREECALIBER drops in class and gets Lasix again for trainer Tom Amoss. She has run well so far at 4YO when you consider the inside trip that dogged her in the La Troienne in the early May. Her tactical speed is a weapon given the way this race shapes up on paper.
RACE 9: 6-3-8-5
#6 LITTLE MOMBO goes 2nd off a layoff and has pedigree for turf being out of a mare who won 3x on the grass. She has tactical speed as well for connections that have done well year in and year out at the Spa. The price here will be the basis of her appeal and she gets a jockey on board who is at his best with frontrunning types.
RACE 10: 9-3-1-2
#9 ORANGE FREEZE scored last time out and now goes first off a claim for trainer Bill Morey. She is a late running type who’ll be helped by the expected hot pace and and this barn is good off the claim.