Friday's Best Bet: Killybegs Captain can right ship in Tale of the Cat

August 08, 2019 10:09pm

Friday’s ninth race from Saratoga is the $100,000 Tale of the Cat Stakes for 3-year-olds and up dashing six furlongs on the main track (Post Time 5:18 p.m. ET).   

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#2 KILLYBEGS CAPTAIN (5-2) ran a big race to finish 3rd in the Nerud (G2). He was expected to contest the pace that day, but he stumbled at the start, and Promises Fulfilled controlled the tempo and won easily as the heavy favorite. He worked his way up to 2nd before finally settling for the show. He owns competitive numbers and should be in the hunt throughout if he breaks cleanly under his new rider Ricardo Santana Jr.

#3 Pat On the Back (2-1) is a sharp New York-bred with strong numbers. He likes this distance and has won here before.

#7 Bon Raison (12-1) rallied for the place behind He Hate Me July 19. He fits with these on his best day.

#4 He Hate Me (5-1) exits a sharp local optional claiming score at this distance. The 4-year-old gelding improved his numbers in his last four starts, and he figures to stalk the pace under Luis Saez.

#5 Skyler’s Scramjet (9-2) likes this distance but is not the most reliable performer. He figures right there throughout if he has his mind on running.

#8 Eight Town (12-1) missed by a neck when last seen at Belmont, and that race was more than ten months ago. The first time gelding drilled a local gate bullet Aug 2, and Joel Rosario rides for Brian Lynch.

#6 Ruler Of the Nile (15-1) keeps stepping up and winning. He exits an easy local extended sprint score, and he is 2-for-2 at this course and distance. He shoots for a four-bagger.


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August 2019 Best Bet Winners

Aug 7 - Mr. Buff/Dynamax Prime Exacta ($8.30)


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