September 6: Saratoga Analysis

Joseph CiracoCorrespondent ISeptember 6, 2009

2nd race: 

Nothing more difficult than maidens going seven furlongs-especially when most of the horses have never run before.

I like second time starter Ailalea with Edgar Prado aboard to win this race.  She bobbled her first time out but finished well.  I also like Dynazaper to close with Desormeaux.  6-3 is the play here

3rd race:

Lowther Street looks like the horse to beat here.  He was steadied last time and lost by just a neck.  Play him on top of Close Alliance and Birdrun.  1 over 4/5.

4th race:

En Fuego ran a pretty mediocre race last time out but that was on a yielding track.  With the blinkers back on today, I like this horse to wire the field.  8 on top of 6.7,9

5th race:

Silver Timber has the speed to make it four straight.  The extra five pounds should make it interesting but play the gelding on top of the 4,5 and 8.

6th race:

Linda Rice is on fire at the Saratoga meet and I like the second time starter Stellaluce with Alan Garcia to win this Maiden special. 

7th race:

Again, Linda Rice sends out a sharp horse in Pals First Lady.  Since Khan of Khans was scratched, I like the Rice/Garica combo to win this race as well.

8th race:

This is a two horse race between Ketubah and Mythical Yarn.  I really like the Christopher Clement horse to finish strong and win this turf race.

9th race:

Sal the Barber, Al Khali and Lime Rickey are the three main horses in this 10 furlong turf race.  I think Sal the Barber will edge out the 6 and 7 at a fairly decent price.

10th race:

Everyone is picking Hot Dixie Chick to easily win this race.  However, I really like Opus A to close strongly and catch the 4:5 morning line favorite.  Opus A should go off at 10-1+, so expect a very nice return.

11th race:

Better than Swiss and Runfromthestorm are the two class horses of this 5 1/2 furlong sprint and I expect Better than Swiss to win the finale today.