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Let the summer fun begin!!! It’s finally here, folks, opening day at Saratoga. I can think of no better way of getting celebrating than jumping right into the early Pick 4 pool. Hopefully we can kick things off on a positive note. The action starts with a maiden special weight for two year old fillies so let’s start there…
Race 2 – I am going to go three deep right off the bat with Know It All Anna, Vinolicious, and Wall Street Lady. Know It All Anna is the field’s lone second time starter and the only one with any experience at all. She goes out for Rudy Rodriguez and if she can improve she may just have a say in it. Vinolicious is a firster from Wesley Ward’s barn and we all know how dangerous he is with two year olds. She gets the services of Frankie Dettori and I’m sure Ward would love to get him a win opening day at the Spa. Wall Street Lady is another first time starter who is going out for Tony Dutrow. Dutrow is lethal here at Saratoga and must be respected. It should also be noted that if there are any scratches this race that Todd Pletcher has one that looks ready to roll in Overspending. If she gets in she might even be a single.
Race 3 – The Schuylerville came up light with only 5 fillies lining up in the gate and I will be singled to one of them in Todd Pletcher’s Fashion Alert. In Todd I trust. There are some nice fillies in here though I must admit. I gave a long hard look to Team Valor’s newly acquired Tulira’s Castle, but seeing it is her first time on dirt I thought that was enough of a question mark to side against today. Take Charge Brandi looked nice in breaking her maiden as Corey Lanerie didn’t move a muscle on her. I’m not sure she is as quick as my top choice though so I sided against in the Pick 4.
Race 4 – I don’t do this too often, but I am hitting the all button here. I just think every one of them has a shot to win. Comebacker’s Judy Legend and Mumtaazah may be tough, but we can’t be positive of that either. Magsamelia may be lone speed, but if either of the first time starters in M B and Tee or Street Blush show speed they may just work out a really nice trip. The Jimmy Jerkins' entry may be able to wake up off the barn change. He shows great stats, albeit a small sample, for both new acquisitions and off of long layoffs. And as for the other two comebackers, Premura for Shug and Julia Tutwiler for Mott, I just didn’t feel confident in chucking them. They are the wild cards in my eyes.
Race 5 – In the closing leg I went three deep with Can’thelpbelieving, Duke of Perth, and Special Agent. Can’thelpbelieving should be real tough for Graham Motion dropping out of a stakes at Belmont. If anyone can get them too run long it is surely Graham. If he doesn’t fire though, that’s where the other two come in. Duke of Perth is making is stateside debut for trainer Todd Wyatt and gets Rosie in the saddle. He is a bit of a wild card, but I thought I would take a shot. As for Shug’s Special Agent I think after chasing a loose on the lead winner last out he will get a nice pressing trip today.
The Play – A fifty cent Pick 4 will cost $36 ... 2-6-8 with 4 with ALL (8) with 3-8-10