*#1 Catalina Cruiser (4/1) – He’s being forgotten about for a horse that has only lost one career start. He also looks to get a good trip sitting behind a hot pace. He’ll be on the Conductor’s tickets and thinks his price will float up a bit higher.
#2 Hog Creek Hustle (20/1) – This is a little too short and too tough for him to be a legit contender. He could come running for 3rd at best.
#3 Firenze Fire (12/1) – This colt has run some very fast races, but they’ve all come at Belmont Park. The price will be the deciding factor for the Conductor, but he’s leaning against him.
#4 Mitole (9/5) – The Conductor can’t knock him, but he can’t separate him from the other logical contenders. He won’t be pressing him like others may.
#5 Engage (15/1) – He’s not in this class, 3rd at best.
*#6 Shancelot (4/1) – This colt has shown brilliance in his young career. The Conductor cannot ignore his potential and must use him. He’ll be the Conductor’s win bet if he goes off above 3/1. Navarro will make sure he has his vitamins.
#7 Whitmore (15/1) – This gelding’s best days are behind him, he’s a contender for 3rd.
#8 Landeskog (12/1) – Scratched
#9 Imperial Hint (4/1) – He is a serious sprinter and is drawn well to the outside. He’s been nails in his last two starts and he’ll be on all the Conductor’s tickets.
#10 Matera Sky (30/1) – He should have stayed in Japan.
The time has come. The biggest day at the biggest meet. It’s put up or shut up time for the Conductor. Will Saratoga defeat him? Or will he come out on top? Only time will tell, but Toga best believe the Conductor is coming out swinging. Protect your neck Toga, Let’s Ride.
Race 1: 1 Mile. (Inner Turf) OC 62500n2x
#8 Lemonist (4/1) – Last time was too long for him and he still ran a good 2nd at this level. 3rd off the layoff and shortening to his preferred distance, the Conductor gives him a major chance to upset the chalk.
Race 2: 6 Furlongs. Mdn 90k
7 Onward (7/2) – Drawn well to the outside for strong connections, this boy is well bred and working well.
Race 3: 1 1/16 Mile. (Turf) F.Mdn 90k
#5 New York Charmer (15/1) – Stretching out to a route and trying grass for the first time, this filly can drastically improve for top connections. She gets a rider upgrade and the Conductor will key her in the exacta and tri.
Race 4: 6½ Furlongs. Alw 92000n1x
#2 Dark N Cloudy (20/1) – He ran 2nd vs similar last start and has past performances above par for this level. He has good early speed and doesn’t need the lead to win. If he can sit just behind a hot pace, he’ll be very dangerous.
Race 5: 7 Furlongs. G1 Forego Stakes
#3 Mitole (4/5) – He was finally defeated last start after having a little trouble at the gate. The Conductor sees him rebounding today and putting on a show.
Race 6: 7 Furlongs. F.G1 Ketel One Ballerina Stakes
#6 Minit to Stardom (8/1) – She’s become a new animal this year in the Camejo barn. She wired the field to upset the Honorable Miss last time and the Conductor sees her having a chance to do the same today.
Race 7: 7 Furlongs. G1 H. Allen Jerkens Stakes
#1 Shancelot (1/2) – The Conductor wanted to take a shot against him from the rail, but his early pace edge looks too much for this group to handle.
#7 Scottish Jig (10/1) – Shortening in distance, she’s the lone speed in the race. She’s a nice price and looks to get a favorable trip setting a slow pace. The Conductor will key her in the exacta and trifecta. This race is wide open on the win end.
Race 9: 1 1/8 Mile. G1 Personal Ensign Stakes
#5 Wow Cat (5/1) – The Conductor will use this mare along with #4 Elate (7/5). She needed that last race off a long layoff, and this has been the goal for Chad all along. The Conductor sees her running back to her Breeders Cup Distaff effort, which will give her every chance.
Jim Dandy Day at the Spa, what a treat. Let’s Ride.
Race 1: 5½ Furlongs. (Turf) MC 40000
#6 Blacktop Legend (6/1) – Making his 2nd start off the claim for Gary Guillo, this gelding cuts back to a sprint after pressing a hot pace going a route last time.
Race 2: 6 Furlongs. Mdn 90k
#5 Bossy Bride (8/1) – He’s run well closing into slow paces in his young career. He looks to get a good trip today.
Race 3: 5½ Furlongs. (Turf) Clm 25000
#4 Psychic Energy (9/2) – 1st off the claim for Linda Rice, she’s heating up.
Race 4: 5½ Furlongs. Mdn 90k
#5 Kawalski (4/1) – Well bet in his debut, he got off to a slow start and ran well to close for 3rd into a slow pace. With experience, the Conductor sees him taking a big step forward.
Race 5: 1 1/16 Mile. (Inner Turf) OC 62500n2x
#5 Prioritize (10/1) – Chad Brown will likely win this race with either the #2 or #7, but the Conductor will key this boy in the exacta. Making his 3rd start off the layoff, he’s had no pace to run at in his last two starts. With a fair setup he’ll be right there at the wire.
Race 6: 6 Furlongs. F.S.Alw 80000n1x
#9 More Mischief (9/2) – Making her 2nd start of the year, she’s steadily progressing and looks to get a perfect strip up close to a slow pace.
#7 Sweet Meadow List (8/1) – Switching back to dirt, there is noting to knock about her dirt efforts.
Race 7: 1 1/16 Mile. (Turf) Mdn 90k
#5 Economic Policy (5/2), #2 Blanket of Roses (6/1) – Chad Brown
Race 8: 6 Furlongs. Alw 92000n1x
#9 Overdeliver (3/1) – Cutting back to a sprint, he looks to get a perfect staking trip drawn to the outside with a wicked pace up front.
Race 9: 6 Furlongs. G1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap
*Gullet Shots of the Day #2 Strike Power (6/1) and #7 Do Share (15/1) – The Conductor sees the favorite #1 Mitole (1/1) vulnerable in here. Strike Power ran a monster race behind Catalina Cruiser last start and will put mighty pace pressure on Mitole, who must send from the rail. The Conductor thinks Strike Power has a major chance to pull the upset and will also give Do Share one more shot. There is a possibility of a pace meltdown in here and Do Share will be flying late at a juicy number.
#3 Ya Primo (8/1) – Watch the replay of her last start in Chile. She has major trouble at the start and still obliterates a 15-horse field. The Conductor doesn’t care who she beat, she has talent and is in Chad Brown’s hands.
Race 11: 1 1/8 Mile. G2 Jim Dandy Stakes
*Never a Doubt Feature Race Lock of the Day #4 Global Campaign (2/1) – In a race devoid of pace, the Conductor sees him controlling the race on the front end. Gate to wire, #5 Tacitus (7/5) will be too far back to run him down.
Race 12: 1 Mile. (Turf) Clm 30000n2L
#4 My Macho (5/1) – He’s lightly raced and trending in the right direction.