Four picks and recommended wagers for Saratoga on Friday:
Race 3 – Pick #7 Mosienko (7/2 ML) - Click here to bet with TVG
Mosienko won as the favorite when facing conditioned claimers for the first time and returning to dirt. She was claimed off that effort by Robert Falcone Jr., who is 4 for 16 (25%) with horses first off the claim. Stretching out to seven furlongs should not be a problem as she made a middle move to gain the lead and draw off to win last out. Joel Rosario rode that race and comes back to ride here.
Race 4 – Pick #1 Café Americano (2-1 ML) - Click here to bet with TVG
Winner of the Grade 3 Pucker Up at Arlington Park last year drew the rail and shows good works for career debut. Café Americano is the longer price of the two Chad Brown entrants here. She doesn’t have great early speed but she usually finishes full of run. Despite facing older horses for the first time, she is classy enough, especially with Irad Ortiz Jr. retaining the mount to get the job done.
Race 8 – Pick #7 (6-1 ML) - Click here to bet with TVG
Sometimes we need to take a leap of faith in hopes of a certain situation happening. Morning line favorite Tale of the Union has the ability to win, but Had problems leaving the gate in three of her four career starts. She did win last out, but as she moves up in class, she won’t be able to get away with bad starts and win. If this happens here, there is enough speed in the race to make her work and tire in the stretch. So Kazmania should be full of run in the stretch drive and get up in time for the victory versus these with irad Ortiz Jr. aboard. The addition of blinkers seemed to have gotten her to focus better and she has worked well at her home base of Penn National for this spot.
Race 9 – #4 Mr. Alec (3-1 ML) - Click here to bet with TVG
What can be said that hasn’t already been said abut Christophe Clement this meet. His runners have never been better and with Joel Rosario aboard, (9 for 24 38% this meet on turf), this combo has been lethal to their opponents. Mr. Alec cuts back in distance after an impressive victory last out and will wire the field for the victory here.
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