Preview of Saratoga’s picks and bets for Friday’s races

Saratoga Springs, the town north of New York’s capital is teaming up with horse-related activities…and yes, the Clydesdales are in town! The famous Meet is already halfway through, 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. Wait for it… Week 5 is moving!

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 Friday, 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!!!

Summary of all the issues…

Race 3: Dirt, 6F, John Morrissey H., $125,000, 3+

This year’s edition of the Morrissey features an eclectic group of runners. Saffie Joseph leads the way NY Traffic #6. Son of Cross Traffic, the 5-year-old colt continues to represent this Triple Crown Trail class of 2020. Irad Ortiz will be on board again, and there is no doubt that his mount is class in this field. I’ve never particularly liked this router, but it deserves respect when it comes to its ability to soundly beat a bunch like this. Joseph continues to have a strong ’22 campaign. I’m going to use his horse, but I much prefer a class riser like Rob Atras’ St. Selby #1. This trainer has had some great wins on the Thursday card, and the luck could continue with this gelding by Kantharos. Michael Dubb is an owner who uses this conditioner quite often, and with Kendrick Carmouche back on board, his talent could transcend the business. It’s going to take a monumental effort, but winning an open company ALLW92k race at Belmont was a superb test.

Wagering recommendation: $2 Exacta Cold, 1 w 6

Race 6: Dirt, 6F, Union Ave S., $125,000, F&M 3+

Named after this famous thoroughfare in Saratoga Springs, we head to the post for another challenging dirt sprint. This race has proven to be particularly difficult, and without a prohibitive favorite it will provide an excellent betting opportunity. by John Kimmel Secret Love #2 will take some cash, and rightly so with John Velazquez in irons. This filly by popular sire Not This Time (Epicenter Dad), is still looking to get back on track after several misfires against co stakes. Kimmel is knowledgeable when it comes to these types of opportunities, but I want to turn to Tallie Lynch Eloquent Speaker #6 as my first choice. This Flatter mare has had many trainers over the past year, but she has a versatility that is quite appealing. Lynch is a former jockey turned conditioner, and she has a knack for making the most of talent when you least expect it. The best news is that driver Tyler Gaffalione is getting on board, and last week in Saratoga he’s starting to get hot. When this happens, you better support his mounts because he can mount one live. This entry has a good level of fitness and the price will be right. Which choice !

Stake recommendation: $25/$50 WP #6

Race 8: Dirt, 1 mile (Wilson Chute), Evan Shipman H., $125,000, 3+

The Wilson Chute is the perfect location for this year’s Shipman. Of these races in New York State, I’m all for trying to find a way to verify Steve Asmussen’s class power Banknote #1. The 6-year-old son of Central Banker returns to the United States after finishing 6th in the Godolphin Mile (G2) on the Dubai WC undercard. It was quite a leap from the competition he was used to…here’s the main question…Can he get fit after the break and be sharp with Joel Rosario at odds of 9/5? I’m skeptical… Sometimes these international shippers struggle to get back to the racetrack, and let’s face it, there’s little value here. Instead, let’s not deny Jim Ryerson’s ability Market Alert #6. He won well in the $100,000 Saginaw last time out at Belmont, and Jose Ortiz picked up his first win in a month yesterday. I like this gelding by D’Funnybone because he loves rhythm. He’s raced nearly every month this year, and the Wellspring Stables homebred will be pushing double digits on the tote chart. Another option that I like is that of Michelle Giangiulio Sea foam #7. Venerable runner, he always provides a sustained effort. When it comes to a horse for the course, this son of Medaglia d’Oro is one to watch with a record at The Spa of 6/4-1-0. Kendrick Carmouche has the mount again, and chances are this one will get at least some, if not all, of the money. Here’s the bet…

Wagering Recommendation: $2 Trifecta Box, 1/6/7

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