Saratoga continues to torcher the Conductor with two brutal 2nds at 7/2 and 15/1 Sunday. Mr. Ductor doesn’t play this game for 2nds. He wants his picture taken and the train needs more coal fast. Week 3 starts now. Skip.
Race 5: 1 1/16 Mile. (Inner Turf) Clm 35000n2L
#3 Watasha (6/1) – This gelding stretched out to a route for the first time last start for Maker. He got a good setup after steadying at the start that day, but still made nice little 3-wide uncovered move on the turn. He was claimed out of that race by the scorching hot Linda Rice barn, and she drops him in class to take on weaker today. Watasha draws a nice inside post and will obviously step forward for Linda.
Race 9: 1 3/8 Mile. (Inner Turf) F.Alw 149500n1x
*Gullet Shot of the Day #11 Anatolian (6/1) – The Conductor is hoping this filly draws in, we only need one scratch. She ran a very strong 2nd two starts back and then “failed” as the favorite last time over a yielding turf course. The Conductor found the tape of that race very interesting. She had a good trip, but Irad pump faked the whip the entire stretch. This was a possible stiff job and something didn’t seem right. She’ll get back to firm turf today and the connections may have been waiting for her to get a win at Saratoga. You can’t sneak her by Mr. Ductor.
— The Pony Conductor (@ponyconductor) July 19, 2023
Race 10: 1 1/6 Mile. (Turf) S.MC 40000
#12 Waflr (10/1) – This gelding may not be good enough, but the Conductor has to mention him to the passengers. Last time sprinting he was well back sprinting behind a slow pace and had a mammoth gallop out. That race was a clear prep to stretch him back out to two turns today and he’ll take a big step forward in his 3rd career start. He’ll easily be double digit odds and has upside.