Preview of Saratoga picks and bets for Sunday races

Saratoga Springs, the city north of the capital of New York is immersed in horse-related activity! The famous Meet is well past the halfway point, but that only means the best is yet to come…

NYRA will continue to deliver another major stakes schedule, and with the fields full, this should be another exciting fixture! Travers Day is coming, with so many betting opportunities. It’s time for another Sunday…not to be missed!

At we’ve got you covered, including all the action! It’s a good time for some of the best North American racing. Stay tuned! If you’re looking for picks elsewhere in the country this Sunday, be sure to check out our free horse racing picks via the gold button below. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter…Horseracing_USA!!!

Most likely winner: (Race 8: Baba #8, 3/1):

The folks at Black Sheep Squadron have some nice stocks, and I like their chances there. Most punters will have heard of the misfortunes of a certain Rudy Rodriguez. His horses aren’t running to orders, and something’s wrong. However, let’s not dwell on the macro-problems of this stable, and rather take each rider individually. I like the offspring of Uncle Mo, one of the best bulls of this era. A former contender, she showed some speed at the start of her races at Belmont. I especially like that she won on the Saratoga track. The restlessness and budding talent of Jose Gomez is fun to watch. This runner is a good square-priced bet…

Bet Recommendation: $100 Won, #8

Offset game of the day: (Race 5: Tiberius Mercurius #8, 8/1):

Looking for some value on this Saratoga map, I wouldn’t deny the power of this 6-year-old middle kid from Mike Maker. I realize that The Factor’s son has dropped from his previous levels. It was in the spring that he faced the tough OC and ALLW Co. We know this trainer can be “live” anytime, and he always pairs well with Three Diamonds Farm. Going down further the horse still has a 2 turn capability, and with Luis Saez in irons it’s a great game. Most will think his Clm40k effort was very poor last outing in Saratoga, but it’s a grass race…always a chance for redemption.

Stake recommendation: $100 bankroll, WPS #8 tier bet ($10-W, $15-P, $75-S)

Featured Race of the Day: (Race 9: Turf, 5½F, Bolton Landing S., $150,000, 2F):

Bolton Landing is one of those exhilarating stops on the Spa Stakes Trail. This year’s edition has a pair of Wesley Ward runners…both owned by Stonestreet Stables. Love reigns #2 is a beautiful filly by US Navy Flag who will be ridden by Irad Ortiz. She was last seen 4th in Queen Mary S. (G2) at Royal Ascot. It was one of those huge fields…Irad did his best. If she made the trip home well, then she’s a major player. His decoupled stable mate, No Kay Ever #3, also looks promising, just based on her weed pedigree – No Nay Never. Some might be skeptical that her first victory at Indiana Grand would give her a fabulous shot in New York, but she won convincingly. She could peak at the right time, and we know Tyler Gaffalione can make sprint decisions when it counts. I want to use these two Ward entrances, but I want to take a photo with a boxcar price. Tim Hamm has his share of starters, and as co-owner of this filly by Malibu Moon, he could find himself in the winner’s circle. His last race at Monmouth was a grass stakes speed fest, and it was a blistering pace. The good news is that Motown Mischief #10 gets a major pilot upgrade by putting Jose Ortiz at the controls. While his numbers might not look that special, this is Saratoga…so even 12% seems impressive…all things considered. Let’s use this one, which is sure to be a double-digit rating on the tote. Here is what I found…

Wagering recommendation: $2 Exacta Wheel, 10 w 2/3


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