SaratogaBets Handicapping - Kevin Cox's Saratoga Selections & Analysis - 8/7


Decent day for us here yesterday with a profitable three bagger, two ice cold exactas of $13 & $19, a cold double of $29, and two rolling pick threes of $1,038 & $437.  

Today's Beatable Favorite(s): None

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Saratoga - 8/7


Race  1

1.Spiritual King



#6 SPIRITUAL KING showed zilch in the comebacker, but posted a couple of couple of decent turf numbers just before that and is back in for a tag today. Slim margin. #1 KLICKITAT nearly went all the way when making his first 2020 start down at Elmont on the 12th, but got nabbed on the line in a nearly identical spot. Race goes through him. #8 SELFMADE was a gamely and decently clear runner up when going long and on the lawn for the first time and is logical once again.  OFF TURF: 7-4-5-8-6


Race  2

1.Cobra Kai 

2.Bohemian Ruby


#1 COBRA KAI ( "Sweep the leg!" ) begins his working life in the second half of today's early daily double, and this $5,000 bred animal ( who went for 10X that amount across the street last year ) is well bred for this trip -- as the 380 Tomlinson figure belies. 'Miah has a 3 for 6 mark with those fitting all this exact criteria ( any jock ) with mutuels of $10 x 2 & $16 & is 1 for 1 with today's pilot. It's two days short of a year since Barclay had a NYB, March foaled male debut in a maiden special weight sprint ( Hmmmm...what was that horse's name again? ), and he and he has another won here with #2 BOHEMIAN RUBY. This one hasn't shown much in the morning, but we're assuaged by the fact that the aforementioned shotcaller is two for three with FTS'ers within all today's parameters ( any rider ), w/ both paying nine clams. Many were picking COTTON when the #6 debuted down at Elmont on the 12th of July, as the 2-1 shot finished second that day, and the bloodlines tell us that the result was likely not an aberration. 


Race  3

1.Sun Summers

2.Music of Life

3.Seeking Revenge

#6 SUN SUMMERS got the job done at the level just below this one 41 days in the rear, and ended up in a new barn afterwards for all his efforts. The good news is that Maker's on the Mark with first off the claim mid level turf stayers who scored 17-67 days ago, as he's 5:2-3-0 in that regards; always good when the pre-claim pilot returns. #2 MUSIC OF LIFE has been a part of the superfecta in all three starts off the bench, and Gargan is a tight 3-7 with mid level turf routers in the 68-96 day zip code at 15-1 or less ( $8 & $4 x 2 ). #7 SEEKING REVENGE has won the last two times she's been available for purchase and has done well at the trip.  OFF TURF: 9-10(MTO)-5-4-1  NOTE: AS OF 11:32, DUE TO A LATE SCRATCH THE #8 WILL BE OUR 3RD SELECTION.


Race  4 

1.Baseline Drive

2.Hot Button

3.Mischief Reigns

#7 BASELINE DRIVE was a bit tardy to the party & immolated some baccala down at Hallandale Beach on 6/24, but two of three returnees from that day got their photos taken next time out, with a negligible Beyer change amongst the triad. According to DRF Formulator, Chad Brown ( who's on a 2 fer 33 streak of late ) is three of three with second time starters under these conditions ( 3YO fillies ) who were off the board 21-67 days back & ridden by Javier ( $7 & $4 x 2 ). #6 HOT BUTTON has a couple of nice moves on the docket for today's initial foray and is well bred for this sorta deal. #3 MISCHIEF REIGNS is another with green coursing through her veins, but went for 1/4th of the stud fee at auction, so take a gander during the warmups if at all possible.  OFF TURF: 5-3-1-7-6


Race  5

1.Kept True



#4 KEPT TRUE hasn't faced the starter in nearly five months, but owns a win & a placing off a break in the action, is one for two right here, 2:1-1-0 @ this distance of ground, and has a 4:2-1-1 mark with today's pilot. Slightest of margins in a race with no first draft eliminations. #6 JENNEMILY has won three of four ( with the lone blemish being directly in front of a layoff line ) and seems to dig the waters up here. As this one has more than earned back the 35K purchase price from five starts ago, The As-Man puts the four year old in for a $62,500 tag this afternoon so the connections can cash out nicely. #5 VAST has a touch of back class & completed the exacta in her lone "2nd off the L/O" try. 


Race  6 

1.Mad Maddy

2.Royal Approval 

3.Leia Marie

These three and no more for all our rolling action.  #7 MAD MADDY has been a jealous bridesmaid in her three starts to date, but it's not for a lack of effort as this one has shown some mettle each & every time ( including a recent heat vs. the lads ). No worse than 3rd for all you show punters out there. #5 ROYAL APPROVAL had a wasted trip to Royal Ascot, as Ward gal got trounced over there, finishing 17th of 18 over there, and is obviously in a more palatable spot today. #4 LEIA MARIE has been working lights out for today's first call to the post, and runner who was bred for just 20G went for 20X that amount just a stone's throw from here, so is obviously well meant.  OFF TURF: 3-6(MTO)-7-2-4  NOTE: AS OF 11:33, DUE TO A LATE SCRATCH THE #3 WILL BE OUR 3RD SELECTION.


Race  7


2.Mo Flash

3.Excess Capacity

#3 ARCHUMYBABY has finished first and third in her two starts since being transferred over to Orlando Noda, has a 3:1-1-1 record over this oval, and really digs this trip, as the 5:3-2-0 mark belies. Oh yeah -- toss in a 5:3-1-1 boxscore with Looie in the stirrups. Mild choice in a tight affair. #7 MO FLASH makes her third start off the respite today, and got the job done both times she's done such -- on the dirt. That's reason enough to chunk in. #6 EXCESS CAPACITY is back in for the price claimed from two back, and goes from Reylu to Irad, which is the equivalent of getting Lasix for the first time. 


Race  8 


2.Silky Blue


#2 TATTERAZZI hasn't been in action since early April, but that's okay, as Terranova is a terror with those who have won, going long on the lawn off hibernations of 77-177 days ( 3YO's & upwards ), as he's a poyfect 5 for 5 in that area ( $6, $8, $24, $7 & $28 ). Play of the day. #1 SILKY BLUE was all out to get up by a honkah when procuring the sheepskin to the tune of $40 two hundred miles southward last out, and draws snugly for today's initial stretchout; you may get some value here once again. #2 GIACOSA has gone 38-58-61-71 in her quartet of outings thus far, so who quite knows where her ceiling is?  OFF TURF: 5-7-6(MTO)-8-9


Race  9 




Today's featured race is the Saratoga Special, and for some history on this event  -- won the most times by ol' "Banana Nose", Eddie Arcaro -- please go to this link .  #3 GARAPPOLO scored in smart fashion on the 3rd of July to get his first win, and Breen gets the green with maiden breaking dirt sprinters at 15-1 or beneath, as he's a sensational 10 for 19 with that kind ( $3 x 2, $8 x 2, $13, $10, $18, $5, $6 & $7 ). Saez aboard back to back runners with solid trainer stats. #7 MOMOS went coast to coast like butter and toast right outta the box on opening weekend here for C-Squared, and the 415 Tommy says to us that there's ample room for improvement. #1 PAPETU showed improvement in the BSF dept. when facing winners for the first time ( a tally ) and that's never easy to do. Johnny V, gets the call for a barn he's had some success with. 


Race  10




We close out the day with a couple'a solid Formulator stats, so let's get to 'em directly... #2 TILSA: Thomas a jazzy 6 for 9 with mdclm. routers on the sod who missed getting some bread 27-64 days back, and the mutuels for that sampling were $7 x 3, $16 & $4 x 2. #4 TESORINA: W.W. is a sharp 3-4 when giving his turf sprinters the biggest drop in the game ( 98 days or more ) and taking the hood off for the first time ( $4, $5 & $8 ). #6 YELLEN is a $60,000 auction purchase who has earned back about $40,000 thus far, but when you factor in about $42,000 in trainer, vet & blacksmith fees, the connections are down about $62,000, hence the tag last time out & today. A win & a claim would result in just about a 2K loss overall, so you can assume all systems will be "go" for this 2nd part of the uncoupled entry with our secondary selection.  OFF TURF: 2-11(MTO)-7-6-3 

Saratoga         ( Current ):     30-163     ( $274.90 ) Beatable   Favorites   4-9  ( 44.4% )   Favorites Win %       64-164 ( 39.3% )( As of Friday morning )

Belmont               ( Final ):     30-249     ( $278.60 ) Beatable  Favorites  7-19  ( 36.8% )    Favorites Win %      92-249 ( 36.9% )

Gulfstream           ( Final ):     58-468    ( $865.50 )  Beatable  Favorites  2-22  ( 9.1% )      Favorites Win %    161-468 ( 34.4% )

Aqueduct Winter  ( Final ):     65-427    ( $615.10 )  Beatable  Favorites  8-18  ( 44.4% )    Favorites Win %:   174-427 ( 40.8% ) 

Graded Stakes ( Current ):       5-24        ( $45.00 )  Beatable Favorites    N/A   (  N/A )      Favorites Win %:     10-24   ( 42.5% )

All Triple Crown, Breeders' Cup, Selected Grade 1's and Travers full days  ( These are also counted in the "Dirt Tracks" category ):

( 2013-2020 Final ) 64-411  ( $581.30 ) Beatable Favorites: 18-56 ( 32.1% ) Favorite's Win %: 139-411 (33.8%)  +/-: -29.2% against a 16.8% takeout  

Poly Tracks2013-16  (All Final): 85-568          ( $819.20 )  Beatable Favorites : 15-68      ( 22.1% )Favorite's Win %: 163-587      ( 27.7% ) +/-: -27.6%  against a 15.6% takeout

Dirt Tracks  2013-20 (All Final):2599-13167 ($22,277.40) Beatable Favorites : 352-1263( 27.9% )Favorite's Win %: 5006-13250 ( 37.8% ) +/-: -15.4%  against a 16.8% takeout

Cumulative Stats    (All Final): 2684-13735 ($23,096.60)  Beatable Favorites : 367-1331( 27.6% )Favorite's Win %: 5188-13837 ( 37.5% ) +/-: -15.9%  against a 16.7% takeout