Damn, 0/2 with two complete no shows Wednesday has the Conductor scratching his head to start week 2 at Saratoga. You need a goldfish memory in this game and we’re already onto the next card. Nothing like a nice hole to start the week. Skip.
Race 3: 5½ Furlongs. (Turf) Alw 50000s
#5 Highly Flammable (3/1) – This gelding drew the 9 post last time and pressed 3-wide uncovered the entire turn. He still was right there when the hit the wire and got the bronze medal even though he was best. With a much better post and shortening half a furlong today, he’ll take the podium this time.
#4 War Terminator (15/1) – The Conductor thinks we can spice up this trifecta with a bomb underneath too. This gelding also pressed 3-wide uncovered the entire way in his last start from the 9 hole. He’ll benefit from a better post and the shorter Saratoga sprint distance. Contessa’s starters have been running sneaky well lately.
Race 4: 1 Mile. F.Clm 32000
#2 With This Vow (3/1) – This mare ran huge on the turf last start, off the bench for the Dutrow barn. She had a bad turf trip pressing 3-wide uncovered the entire turn and still ran 2nd. She stretches out on dirt today and will be all alone on the lead. With a speed favoring Saratoga dirt track, she’ll be tough for the favorite #3 Pretti Extreme (1/1) to catch down the stretch.
Race 7: 1 Mile. (Inner Turf) S.OC 45000n2x
*Gullet Shot of the Day #6 Grape Nuts Warrior (15/1) – He’s probably not good enough to beat the favorites in here, but the Conductor thinks he will run well and hit the board. He had a bad trip last time going 3-wide into the first turn, then pressing a quick pace 3-wide and uncovered the entire 2nd turn. He rightfully tired late and now cuts back in distance to a two turn mile. Grape Nuts Warrior looks primed to run his best today and fill the train back up with coal and then some.
Race 10: 1 Mile. (Inner Turf) New York Stallion Series Stakes
#8 Twenty Six Black (5/2) – The Conductor sees this colt turning the tables on the favorite #7 Ramblin’ Wreck (7/5), who beat him last time. Twenty Six Black has impressed Mr. Ductor in each start this year. He was uncovered the whole way pressing 3-wide last time and was just nailed at the wire. He still galloped out in front and he’ll be up close to much slower fractions stretching out today. He’ll end the Conductor’s winning horizontal tickets.