Poor Sunday at Belmont to close the meet, but nobody cares about that now. Our wait is finally over. Saratoga is finally here. Will you hammer the right horses and make all your dreams come true? Or will we find you in the sewer on September 5th? Don’t worry, the Conductor will guide you on your journey. As long as you stay close to the railroad, you will survive. Rainy forecast this weekend is a downer, but the Conductor is planning for on the turf Thursday. Let’s build some momentum early. Skip.

Race 1: 1 1/8 Mile. F.OC 50000n1x

#1 Virtual Reality (3/1) – This filly’s debut win at Belmont was impressive. She looked dead on the turn as she was boxed in on the inside and losing ground. Once Franco got her clear to the outside, she re-rallied, finished strong, and was game to get the win. Her big gallop out suggests she’ll like the added distance today and Chad Brown will win his first of many this meet in the opener.

Race 3: 5½ Furlongs. (Turf) F.Clm 35000n2L

#10 La Aguililla (6/1) – The Conductor touted this mare after her last turf start three back and she flopped in the slop. She hasn’t run well on the dirt since, but now switches back to turf and takes on much weaker today. It’s still only her fifth start in the Jacobson barn and Irad hops back aboard. She ran very well in her last turf race with a heinous trip, chasing 4-wide uncovered the entire turn. The Conductor will give her one more shot returning to the lawn at what should be a square price.

Race 8: 1 Mile. (Inner Turf)  Alw 50000s

*Gullet Shot of the Day #9 Foliage (20/1) – This race is wide open and this gelding is stepping up in class after a nice win last time. He had a good trip that day, but he also had a massive gallop out. He’s run well vs allowance company in the past, and stretches out to a mile for the first time in his career. Making his 3rd start in the Joe Sharp barn, he’s rounding into form and has major upside. He can hit the board and light up the Saratoga tote.


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