Alright, the Ductor has had enough of the slop. Finally, we get to Jim Dandy day and it looks like we’re getting back to a fast track and turf racing. The Ductor’s best bet of the meet so far is on the docket. Time to hit’ em where it hurts . Skip.
Saratoga Race 8: 6 Furlongs. – G1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt H.
#9 Special Reserve (9/2) – This is a very salty, competitive field and there are many ways you can go. This gelding is in sharp form and has an early pace edge over this group. Drawn well to the outside, he’ll have the lead as they turn for home and the Ductor will take a shot he scampers away at a decent price.
Race 9: 1 1/8 Mile. – G2 Jim Dandy Stakes
*Gullet Shot of the Day #4 Keepmeinmind (6/1) – The Ductor is salivating to bet this colt. Essential Quality will win easy if he repeats his Belmont, but the Ductor sees him regressing, especially with his main target being the Travers. Keepmeinmind continues to be up against tough pace scenarios and he finally took a big step forward last time. With the blinkers on he can lay a little closer to the pace and he has two bullet works over the Toga dirt. He wasn’t too far behind Essential Quality as a 2 year old and the Ductor thinks this is the spot where he turns the tables. The graveyard of favorites will claim another victim and the Ductor will pull the lever.
Race 10: 1 3/8 Mile. (Inner Turf) G2 Bowling Green Stakes
#3 Breakpoint (10/1) – This Chilean superstar was hammered at the windows last time and had no chance being so far back behind a tepid pace. That race was likely a prep for this spot anyway and the Ductor like that Chad stays aggressive with him. This race is wide open and anything over 6/1 is worth a play.