Alabama Stakes Saratoga

0/1 Thursday and off the turf Friday at Saratoga has the Conductor itching to fire his coal this weekend. The forecast looks good Saturday, so we SHOULD be on the turf throughout. We have a nice menu in front of us headlined by the Alabama Stakes. Time to eat, let’s Ride.

Race 3: 5½ Furlongs. (Turf) F.Alw 149500n1x

#2 Georgees Spirit (9/2) – The Conductor has been waiting for this filly to pop back up after her seasonal debut at Aqueduct. She showed talent last year and her race last time was exactly what you want to see in a race off the bench. She waited patiently behind a slow pace and galloped out in front of the group. Georgees Spirit finally shows back up at Saratoga today, where she broke her maiden. She draws well, will have a hot pace to run at, and gets a major rider upgrade to Prat. She’ll start our Saturday off right.

Race 9: 1 1/4 Mile. F.G1 Alabama Stakes

#9 Taxed (8/1) – It’s always a good feeling when you like a price in the feature. This filly has turned into a new animal as a 4-year-old. She romped off the bench in the Black-Eyed Susan two starts back and was best last time in the Indiana Oaks with a terrible trip. She was far back behind a tepid pace and ran a monstrous late pace figure after a wide move on the turn. Bejarano stays in the saddle, which is a concern. However, she’ll be a square price and is still worth a bet. Hopefully he Conductor will owe more coal to Uncle Sam after they hit the wire.

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Race 10: 1 Mile. (Inner Turf) OC 62500n2x

#2 Napoleonic War (7/2) – This gelding ran incredibly well off the bench from the 12-post last time at Saratoga. She was 4-wide and uncovered around both turns and just tired the final half furlong. Now she draws well to the inside and will be dead fit in her 2nd start off a layoff. These other rivals have gotten themselves involved in a land war in Asia. Skip

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