Saratoga Racetrack: Grade 1 Vanderbilt, Grade 2 Honorable Miss and Entire Card

Joseph CiracoCorrespondent IAugust 7, 2011

The rain will have an impact on the track today at Saratoga
The rain will have an impact on the track today at SaratogaA. Messerschmidt/Getty Images

The rain has already caused all three turf races to be switched to the main track, so all picks will reflect an off track.  At the moment, the track is listed as muddy, but could reach good.


First Race:  I absolutely love Malibu Artiste to win this five-and-a-half furlong race as the mare is undefeated over the main track at Saratoga and likes the off track.  The main threat will be Tempest Storm with Ramon Dominguez. 

Second Race: Notesfromabroad looks to be the play with Cornelio Velasquez riding for Linda Rice.  I really like the work outs over the Saratoga track.  Flea Flicker, Victory Island and Shot Gun Pennie look to be dangerous and will be in my exotic bets.

Third Race: I'm going to roll the dice with morning line 30:1 choice There Goes Molly, who has won her only race over a wet track by almost seven on May 4.  D'Oratory and Life's Measure will be in my partial triple key.

Fourth Race: This appears to be a two-horse race between Starry and Silver Meeting.  Both three-year-old fillies have had strong works over the Saratoga dirt recently.  I don't like 6:5 morning line favorite Purple Cat despite a blistering 59.4 five-furlong work on July 25 at Belmont.

Fifth Race: This is off the turf and I'm going to go with Saratoga Silver and Sugar Beach who are two of the three main-track-only entries. 

Sixth Race: I've gone back and forth on this race but I'm going to go with Nacho Saint to win over Washington Rules and City Trooper.  Ramon Dominguez rides 3:1 morning line favorite Bulaga for David Fawkes, but I don't like this gelding's chances today.

Seventh Race: Little Larkey over Page by Page and long shot Red Hot Baby.  Todd Pletcher sends out Gambling Gerladine with John Velazquez that could be the post time favorite.

Eighth Race: This 6 1/2 furlong race should be a great betting race, as the group of horses entered all seem evenly matched.  I think Dark Nebula has a slight advantage over Wicked Mizz, Salsa Mambo and Crespano.

Ninth Race: The Honorable Miss has a small field of five but all five horses seem capable of winning.  I love Tar Heel Mom to edge Irish Gypsy and Wild News.  Tar Heel Mom is 2-for-3 at Saratoga and has five wins in nine tries over the off track.

10th Race: The Grade One Vanderbilt is all about Trappe Shot.  The heavy 7:5 morning line favorite, this talented four-year-old colt has six wins in nine career starts.  Despite that, I'm going with long shot Bank Merger to run him down.  Bank Merger is 2-for-2 over the off track and likes the Saratoga main track. 

11th Race: Pure Kraft and Positive Carry are my top horses and should be played with Allen's Star and Casanova Giant.  This race was scheduled for the turf, but is now a nine-furlong race on the dirt.