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Saturday Racing Picks: Saratoga

TVG racing expert Emily Shields is back this week with picks for Saturday's races at Saratoga
Emily Shields
Sat, August 8, 10:33 AM

It is time for the 151st $1 million Runhappy Travers Stakes (G1) at  Saratoga in New York, with 2020 Belmont Stakes (G1) hero Tiz the Law leading a field of eight. There are five stakes races on an action-packed card, starting in Race 7 and goes through Race 11.

Saratoga Race 7 - $300,000 Ballerina Stakes (G1) - Click here to bet with TVG

#1 Serengeti Empress (5-2) shortens up here after running in mostly two-turn races her entire career. The Grade 1 winner, who took the 2019 Kentucky Oaks, was second by a half-length over this trip last year in an impressive duel, and should love the return to this track and distance. Luis Saez will ride for the first time on the Tom Amoss trainee. #7 Come Dancing (3-1) returns to Saratoga where she is two for three. Carlos Martin is back at the helm on this Malibu Moon filly who has won half her 16 starts. #4 Bellafina (9-5) is a multiple Grade 1 winner of over $1.5 million but has yet to prove she can ship and win.

Saratoga Race 8 - $200,000 Troy Stakes (G3) - Click here to bet with TVG

#2 American Sailor (12-1) is a huge price but has been running well in 2020. The City Zip gelding typically runs strong speed figures and gets Tyler Gaffalione up for this. #1 Imprimis (8-5) returns off a nine-month layoff, and is a too-short price in a wide-open competition. #4 Shekky Shebaz (5-2) is unbeaten on the court and has been working very well.

Saratoga Race 9 - $150,000 Waya Stakes (G3) - Click here to bet with TVG

Best Bet: #1 Mrs Sippy (6-5) has been off since the Breeders’ Cup in November, but trainer Graham Motion knows how to get them ready and she was a Grade 2 winner in her United States debut here last summer. #7 Fools Gold (5-1) would not be a surprise at a price; the Chad Brown trainee is the defending champion of this race.

Saratoga Race 10 - $300,000 Longines Test Stakes (G1) - Click here to bet with TVG

#5 Gamine (3-5) is a deserving favorite and so far has not been headed in three starts. Saratoga is known as the Graveyard of Favorites and this race has several capable fillies, including #6 Venetian Harbor (8-5) who was so impressive at Santa Anita earlier this year and shortens up to sprinting again. #2 Perfect Alibi (20-1) is unbeaten on the court, including a Grade 1 last year, and the Mark Casse-trainee should go better since she has had a 2020 prep.

Saratoga Race 11 - $1,000,000 Runhappy Travers Stakes (G1) - Click here to bet with TVG

#6 Tiz the Law (even) is a deserving favorite in both this and the 2020 Kentucky Derby (G1) next month. The son of Constitution has won five of six starts and is a three-time Grade 1 winner for Barclay Tagg and Manny Franco. He faces tough competition from #3 Uncle Chuck (5-2), who is unbeaten and comes from the Bob Baffert outfit. Neither #4 Max Player (6-1) or #2 Country Grammer (6-1) would be much of a surprise, either.

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