Well, we they could have run just fine on the turf Friday. There wasn’t a drop of rain all day. The Conductor’s frustration is growing. He wants full turf fields an quality prices please. Pony gods shape up. Saratoga only comes once a year. Onto Saturday. Skip.
Race 6: 5½ Furlongs. (Turf) F.G3 Caress Stakes
#5 Wakanaka (8/1) – Only a 5-horse field isn’t ideal, but the Conductor likes the longest shot on the board. This mare looks to be rounding into form making her 3rd start off the layoff and ran sneaky well last time. She was hung 4-wide on the turn and grinded out a solid 3rd vs classy competition. She has a major class edge of this field, and although the Conductor doesn’t like the turnback on turf much, she’s 2 for 3 with a 2nd at today’s distance. She’ll be mowing down the stretch and get the train into high gear.
Race 8: 1 1/16 Mile. (Inner Turf) OC 62500n1x
*Gullet Shot of the Day #8 Mercante (10/1) – The Chad Brown entry probably wins this race. However, we can still extract value when the Conductor only likes one other horse. This colt made just his 2nd turf start last time going 1 1/8 mile and took another step forward. He pressed 3-wide uncovered on both turns and was still only beaten by one length. The Conductor likes the shorter distance for him today and that he has experience going two turns. Many of the other contenders in here are exiting one turn Belmont races. Mr. Ductor will be screaming for him to pull off the upset, but if not 1/8 exacta will do.
Race 10: 6 Furlongs. Alw 149500n1x
#8 Accretive (8/5) – The Conductor hates to give out chalk, but this Saturday card is slim pickings. Mr. Ductor was very impressed with this gelding’s Amsterdam performance at Saratoga last summer. He lays over this field on talent and looks to be working well for Chad Brown off the bench. Sometimes you need to take the free square and move along. Skip