The time has come. The biggest day at the biggest meet. It’s put up or shut up time for the Conductor. Will Saratoga defeat him? Or will he come out on top? Only time will tell, but Toga best believe the Conductor is coming out swinging. Protect your neck Toga, Let’s Ride.
Race 1: 1 Mile. (Inner Turf) OC 62500n2x
#8 Lemonist (4/1) – Last time was too long for him and he still ran a good 2nd at this level. 3rd off the layoff and shortening to his preferred distance, the Conductor gives him a major chance to upset the chalk.
Race 2: 6 Furlongs. Mdn 90k
7 Onward (7/2) – Drawn well to the outside for strong connections, this boy is well bred and working well.
Race 3: 1 1/16 Mile. (Turf) F.Mdn 90k
#5 New York Charmer (15/1) – Stretching out to a route and trying grass for the first time, this filly can drastically improve for top connections. She gets a rider upgrade and the Conductor will key her in the exacta and tri.
Race 4: 6½ Furlongs. Alw 92000n1x
#2 Dark N Cloudy (20/1) – He ran 2nd vs similar last start and has past performances above par for this level. He has good early speed and doesn’t need the lead to win. If he can sit just behind a hot pace, he’ll be very dangerous.
Race 5: 7 Furlongs. G1 Forego Stakes
#3 Mitole (4/5) – He was finally defeated last start after having a little trouble at the gate. The Conductor sees him rebounding today and putting on a show.
Race 6: 7 Furlongs. F.G1 Ketel One Ballerina Stakes
#6 Minit to Stardom (8/1) – She’s become a new animal this year in the Camejo barn. She wired the field to upset the Honorable Miss last time and the Conductor sees her having a chance to do the same today.
Race 7: 7 Furlongs. G1 H. Allen Jerkens Stakes
#1 Shancelot (1/2) – The Conductor wanted to take a shot against him from the rail, but his early pace edge looks too much for this group to handle.
Race 8: 1 1/16 Mile. (Turf) F.G2 Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa Stakes
#7 Scottish Jig (10/1) – Shortening in distance, she’s the lone speed in the race. She’s a nice price and looks to get a favorable trip setting a slow pace. The Conductor will key her in the exacta and trifecta. This race is wide open on the win end.
Race 9: 1 1/8 Mile. G1 Personal Ensign Stakes
#5 Wow Cat (5/1) – The Conductor will use this mare along with #4 Elate (7/5). She needed that last race off a long layoff, and this has been the goal for Chad all along. The Conductor sees her running back to her Breeders Cup Distaff effort, which will give her every chance.
The Conductor will TOSS #1 Midnight Bisou (6/5)
Race 10: 1½ Mile. (Inner Turf) Grade 1 Sword Dancer Stakes
#7 Annals of Time (5/2) – This Grade 1 winner was dominant last time and has the most talent in the field. The majority of the Conductor’s play will go through him.
Backups: #6 Ya Primo (7/2), #5 Pillar Mountain (10/1)
Race 11: 1 1/4 Mile. Travers G1 Runhappy Travers Stakes
*Gullet Shot of the Day #7 Mucho Gusto (6/1) – The Conductor’s Travers Preview
Race 12: 5½ Furlongs. (Turf) S.OC 40000n2x
#11 Discretionary Marq (4/1) – Dropping out of open company, his early speed will put him in a great spot turning for home.
Race 13: 1 1/16 Mile. (Inner Turf) F.Mdn 90k
#1 Aymara (12/1) – 2nd off the layoff, she was favored last time and ran like a short horse. She has talent and the Conductor sees her running a big effort today.