Saratoga Picks for Saturday, July 28
Race 8 – Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt, $350,000
6 furlongs-Dirt6/5 on the morning line Imperial Hint will most likely use the Alfred G. Vanderbilt as his first prep for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Imperial Hint should win the race, but they don’t call Saratoga the Graveyard of Favorites for nothing. Prices have been huge. There could be another one in the Alfred G. Vanderbilt with 8/1 on the morning line Done Deal. The Ian Wilkes trainer posted a fantastic work over the Saratoga dirt on July 21. I’m putting Done Deal on top. If the pace sets up correctly, Warrior’s Club could be tough at 9/2. The D. Wayne Lukas trainee has a win and a second in 2 races at The Spa. Imperial Hint is a logical choice to finish third. Again, he could blow these off the track, but it’s unlikely he’s geared up for this event on Saturday.
- First: Done Deal
- Second: Warrior’s Club
- Third: Imperial Hint
Race 9 – Grade 2 Bowling Green, $250,000
1 3/8 miles-Inner Track TurfThe Grade 2 Bowling Green isn’t wide open this year. Sadler’s Joy, Hi Happy, and Money Multiplier figure to battle each other for top honors. Chad Brown trains Money Multiplier, which is why he’ll offer the worst odds of the 3. Who wins from the triumvirate? I like Sadler’s Joy. He’s finished second in both the Grade 1 Man O’War and the Grade 1 Manhattan in his last couple of races. But, he’s got a sweet 2 wins from 4 races over Saratoga’s inner track. Hi Happy should finish second. He won the Grade 1 Man O’War at 1 3/8 miles over Belmont’s inner turf track. The third in the Manhattan wasn’t bad while Pletcher gets them ready off the bench. Money Multiplier is a solid horse. There’s a chance he bounces off the United Nations effort, though.
- First: Sadler’s Joy
- Second: Hi Happy
- Third: Money Multiplier
Race 10 – Grade 2 Jim Dandy, $600,000
1 1/8 miles-DirtWith Good Magic running in the Haskell Invitational on Sunday, favoritism in the Jim Dandy will fall on Todd Pletcher’s best 3-year-old, Vino Rosso. Vino Rosso, the fourth place finisher in the Belmont Stakes, should finish no worse then second in this. He’s tough to put on top just because it’s hard to see how this race unfolds. That happens in short fields like the Jim Dandy field on Saturday. The pick is Tenfold. The Steve Asmussen trainee has improved in every race he’s run. He finished third in the Preakness before the spirited fifth place finish in the Belmont. Tenfold could easily win this. Vino Rosso will punch his ticket for second place. The third place horse should be Flameaway. The pace setup on Saturday is much kinder for the front running colt then what he found in the Ohio Derby in his last although there’s a chance both Vino Rosso and Tenfold pressure Flameaway from the outset.
- First: Tenfold
- Second: Vino Rosso
- Third: Flameaway