Dickey’s Saratoga “Spot Play” for Wednesday, July 31

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.
1st Race: 
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.
8th Race:
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.

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds
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