White Abarrio at 10/1 in the Whitney saved the Conductor’s Saratoga Saturday from a financial standpoint. Castellano got Webslinger beat again and Maple Leaf Mel…well, what is there to say. The Conductor would be lying if he said he was excited to watch and play the races after that. He still isn’t feeling great this morning. This game can suck and it’s tough to knock the haters when breakdowns keep happening over and over and over. RIP Maple Leaf Mel, let’s get the winners home safely today.
Race 4: 1 3/8 Mile. (Inner) F.OC 62500n2x
#1 Frivole (7/2) – This filly was a solid stakes horse in France and she romped in her US debut two starts back. Last time she flopped as the favorite, but that effort can be excused. She was wide and far back behind a very slow pace over a yielding turf course. She draws the rail today and should get a much more favorable trip. The Conductor thinks she lays over this Saratoga field, and 5/2 is fair enough for him.
Race 7: 1 1/16 Mile. (Turf) F.MC 40000
#9 It Wasn’t Me (9/2) – This filly debuted last year over a quirky Kentucky Downs turf course. When she returned to the races last start, she ran a decent 2nd in a race taken off the turf. She gets back to the turf today and drops to the claiming ranks for the first time. She hasn’t gotten a fair shot on a typical turf course and she’s bred to be a mower. The Conductor thinks she’ll be an overlay in a competitive, but weak field.
Race 10: 1 1/16 Mile. (Turf) S.MC 40000
*Gullet Shot of the Day #9 Prix de West (8/1) – This colt had a no chance trip in his debut sprinting on the dirt in April. He took money vs tougher that day and has been working well since. Now, he drops in class and stretches out to a route on the turf. He’s bred to mow and has major upside moving to the turf for the first time.