Finally back on the turf today at Saratoga for the first time since Sunday…except the last two full field races where the Conductor had plays in. This meet has sucked the soul out of the Conductor. The middle part of the card is solid at least, let’s see if we can kick off the weekend strong. Skip.
Race 5: 5½ Furlongs. (Turf) F.OC 62500n2x
#4 Lady Milagro (6/1) – This filly missed the break last time and then rushed up chasing the pace 3-wide. It’s a race you can completely ignore and her prior turf races fit with this group. She should get the lead today, in a race without any other early pace. The 5 1/2 furlongs is perfect for her and she gets a weight break against this field. The scratches kill this race from a value perspective, but the Conductor will single her as the longest shot in a 4-horse field. Gate to wire.
Race 7: 6 Furlongs. S.Mdn 88k
#3 Canigetaloan (8/1) – This is a classic Saratoga maiden race chalk full of 1st time starters. This colt has the strongest work tab and will be an overlay with Pletcher and Chad Brown runners in the field. The Conductor also likes that Rosario takes the mount for a barn he almost never rides for.
Race 8: 1 Mile. (Inner Turf) G2 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes
#4 Ocean Vision (12/1) – This is by far the best race on today’s card. You can make a case for many, but the Conductor will take a swing with this colt from France at a juicy price. He has strong back class and has shown he can run well over a good turf course, which he’ll get today. The European shippers have dominated the American runners in the big turf races thus far this meet. Plus, all of the Americans in here have run on nothing but firm turf thus far in their careers.