Friday Racing Picks: Saratoga
Four recommended wagers from John DaSilva on another great card at sunny Saratoga.
RACE 3 – Pick #6 Voting Agreement (2-1 ML) - Click here to bet with TVG
It’s a rarity at Saratoga that you don’t see a Chad Brown turf runner entered in a race that he is not the morning line favorite. This is one of those cases. Voting Agreement broke her maiden in her career debut at the Spa last year. She was then laid off for ten months and came back to finish third as the favorite at Belmont going longer this level. Now she makes her third career start. Javier Castellano, who hasn’t had the greatest of starts at the meet, retains the mount and while the public may gravitate to Fair Hills shipper Peaceful from the Mike Stidham barn, we aren’t ready to discard this Brown trainee yet when making second start off the layoff.
RACE 4 – Pick #5 Malarkey (7/2 ML) - Click here to bet with TVG
Linda Rice has been one of the hottest trainers since the start of the meet. She seeks to continue her winning ways with Malarkey, who ran second in the slop at this claiming level while going shorter last out. In Malarkey’s last start over this course, she showed nothing in the mud last year. But in 2018, she led every steps of the way to break her maiden going six and a half furlongs. Jose Ortiz, who is married to Linda’s niece Taylor, retains the mount and they should stalk an expected solid pace and take over the lead in the stretch and then drawing away to the victory.
RACE 5 – Pick #5 Going Going Gone (8-1 ML) - Click here to bet with TVG
After tiring in her career debut on June 18, Going Going Gone was transferred from Dermot Magner to the Rudy Rodriguez barn. The daughter of Orb has worked well since then a and switches to Irad Ortiz Jr to ride. She also adds blinkers and Rudy wins at 36% when adding blinkers to his trainees. She should show improved early speed versus these but not necessarily set the pace.
RACE 9 – Pick #3 Flap Jack (12-1 ML) - Click here to bet with TVG
One of the good up and coming trainers to watch for is Jack Sisterson. He has shown good success since taking over training of the Calumet horses. Sisterson sends Flap Jack back into stakes company and turf after a conditioned allowance victory at Thistledown on Ohio Derby day. Now the horse comes into this race with a bullet work on turf at Saratoga. Flap Jack only competed once in his career on turf, a second place finish at Arlington Park going a mile on Arlington Million Day. With Tyler Gaffalione in the irons and the cuts back to sprint, Flap Jack looks primed for an upset and possibly looks to go off higher than his morning line odds.