By Ryan Dickey:
To paraphrase the 1997 hit song “Tubthumping” by British rock band Chumbawamba, I got knocked down, but I got up again.
It has been a disaster picking winners at Saratoga, but you’ll never keep me down. I’m coming right back at it with two spot plays today, and we’ll start right at the drop, as I have a lean in the opener.
The first race is a starter allowance for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up going a 11/16-miles on the turf. Nine starters are slated to go to the gate, and the one I like to take the opener today is #7 KEOTA for trainer Jason Servis and jockey Jose Lezcano.
Lezcano hasn’t had a stellar meet, but I think he’s game enough to get the job done in the opener. Play #7 Keota over the 3, 4, and 8 in exacta and trifecta keys.
The horse I like the MOST at Saratoga today is in race 8, the 10-1 morning line shot #6 THEATERINTHEROUND, trained by Raymond Handal and ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr. This one is coming off a nice win at Belmont at the end of June and has a win to her credit in her only career try at Saratoga.
Although I don’t think I’ll get 10-1 on her today, she’s worth a LARGE win bet for me. Box with the 2 and 4 in this race for exacta and trifectas.