With Saratoga opening tomorrow, the Conductor will keep the train in the station and give you passengers some time to prepare. He’ll give you some specific plays tomorrow, but he’s already done the heavy lifting. It’s an absolute handicapping battle with these cards. Full fields and all connections pointing their horses for a win at the Spa. The Conductor will be sure to press when he’s up and chase when he’s down. May the Pony Gods bless us this meet, Let’s Ride.
Race 1: 1 3/16 Mile. Clm 14000n3L
#6 Tiz No Bluff (5/1) – 3rd off the layoff, he looks to build on a very strong last race. He pressed a hot pace and then blew away the competition.
Race 2: 5 ½ Furlongs. (Turf) Mdn 90k
#1 Cain V and D C (30/1) – The major step up in class off a year layoff and recent bullet works give the Conductor a funny feeling in his left knee. He’ll key him in the trifecta.
Race 3: 1 1/8 Mile. Alw 92000n1x
*Never a Doubt Best Bet of the Day #7 The Rock Says (4/1) – This colt has faced full fields and pressed hot paces in every start. He’s improving, and the Conductor is going to look to shippers on dirt early in the Saratoga meet with how weak the Belmont fields were.
Race 4: 1 Mile. (Turf) Clm 35000n3L
#8 Bemma’s Boy (12/1) – 1st off the claim for Maker, he’s switching back to the lawn where he’s run his best.
Race 5: 5 ½ Furlongs. S.F.Mdn 78k
#5 Big Q (12/1) – Rosario doesn’t ride for Guillo often and he hopped aboard an 12/1 debut winning filly for him last week. The Conductor is intrigued.
Race 6: 5 ½ Furlongs. (Turf) S.Alw 80000n1x
#11 Elenzee (5/1) – This gelding has an early pace advantage over this field. Always dangerous in a turf sprint.
Race 7: 1 /18 Mile. (Turf) F.S.OC 40000n2x
#10 Wegetsdamunnys (6/1) – 3rd off the layoff, she’s had no pace to run at and has closed well in her two starts this year. She looks primed for a peak effort.
Race 8: 6 Furlongs. F.G3 Schuylerville Stakes
*Gullet Shot of the Day #3 His Glory (15/1) – The Conductor will go for glory here. This filly looked like the goods in her debut romp and will be ignored because she’s shipping from Indiana. Other runners have come back to improve their speed figures by 30 points, which tells the Conductor her effort was much faster than it looks on paper.
Race 9: 5 ½ Furlongs. (Turf) G3 Quick Call Stakes
#10 Sombeyay (6/1) – 3rd off the layoff, he showed talent on dirt as a 2-year-old and has a little turf in his pedigree. He’s been working well on turf, so the Conductor will trust Pletcher.
Race 10: 1 1/16 Mile. (Inner Turf) F.MC 40000
#5 Darling of the Spa (6/1) – With that name debuting on opening day at Saratoga for Chad Brown? She was only 10k at the Keeneland sale so running for a tag doesn’t scare the Conductor.