Friday's Best Bet: Maxwell Esquire strikes it rich in Lucky Coin

Friday’s 9th race from Saratoga is the $120,000 Lucky Coin Stakes for four-year-olds and up dashing five and one-half furlongs on the turf course (Post Time 5:39 p.m. ET).

#5 MAXWELL ESQUIRE (7-2) finished in the top three in seven of his last ten starts and he won four of those races. Irad Ortiz Jr. was aboard for his last win, and he fired exacta shots in all three local turf outings including a late running win at this distance last summer.

#6 Backtohisroots (9-2) is a first time gelding making his first start in more than eleven months. He ran well in both local turf sprints last summer and will try to get involved late.

#8 Maven (5-2) was nowhere in the King’s Stand (G1) at Ascot June 15. Wesley Ward’s all or nothing type needs the early lead to succeed. He is tough when he breaks on top but never fires when he is headed in the early going.

#4 Pulsate (4-1) is 1-for-10 with five minor awards on turf. He can stalk or close and might be able to get a piece of this.

#3 Noble Emotion (6-1) has been sharp since moving to the Horacio DePaz barn. The early-pressing type has struck twice at Saratoga and figures to mix it up early under Jose Ortiz.

#7 Holiday Stone (6-1) exits an okay show finish in the Da Hoss Stakes Aug. 2. Just Might captured that race and clicked right back in the Chesapeake Stakes, and runner-up Francatelli returned to finish 3rd in the Parx Dash (G3). He can be used underneath.

#2 The Connector (15-1) is a competent turf sprinter with early-pressing speed. He won three times this year vs. lesser foes and hit the board in four of his last six stakes tries.

#1 Guildsman (20-1) won a couple stakes last summer but has had any luck in his last five starts. The late runner was nabbed out of his last for $80k and is hard to recommend in his current form.

Wagers:

#5 to win

Exacta 5-6/4-5-6

Trifecta 5-6-8/ALL/4

Superfecta 8/5-6/4-5-6/3-4-5-6-7 

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