0/3 Saturday at Saratoga left the Conductor sucking his thumb on Sunday. The train needed maintenance on the Lord’s day, so we kept it in the station. There were a few sacrifices made to the pony gods as well. It’s a new racing week, and it looks like today is the only day in the forecast without rain. We need to make them pay early. This glorious weather will not leave. It’s Travers week, Skip.
Race 6: 7 Furlongs. S.Mdn 88k
#3 Mischief Joke (9/5) – This colt continues to steadily progress and the extra furlong should benefit him today. A first time starter will have to be very good to jump up and beat him. He’ll be a tepid favorite, but the Conductor will single Mischeif Joke to start the pick 5 while other passengers will spread.
Race 7: 1 5/8 Mile. (Turf) John’s Call Stakes
#8 Sy Dog (5/1) – He showed talent last year and looks to be rounding back into form after his last start. He ran a strong late pace figure closing into a slow pace that day and will mow be making his 3rd start off the bench. He’s a Grade 3 winner and his best race last year came going 3 turns over this Saratoga turf course. The two favorites will be hammered in here, so his morning line may be light too. He can beat this group.
Race 9: 7 Furlongs. S.OC 45000n2x
*Gullet Shot of the Day #8 Prince of Pharoahs (6/1) – This gelding continues to improve with each start in the Dutrow barn. Last time at Belmont he failed as the favorite, but that can be excused. He pressed a hot pace going a mile that day and the Ductor loves the cutback to 7 furlongs. Irad’s mounts for Dutrow have been live lately and this gelding looks no different. He looks to get a perfect trip pressing the inside speed in the 2-path.