Sunday's 9th race from Saratoga is the $85,000 Alydar Stakes for 4-year-olds and up traveling a mile and an eighth on the main track (Post Time 5:50 p.m. ET).
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#3 SPINOFF (5-1) is probably the only entrant with the ability to give deserving favorite Endorsed a run for his money. Todd Pletcher’s colt looked like he was really going places after finishing 2nd in the LA Derby (G2) in just his fourth career start last year. He flopped in the Kentucky Derby (G1), Belmont Stakes (G1), and Belmont Derby (G1) after that, and followed those losses with a sharp course/distance victory in the optional claiming ranks. He finished an even 4th in his needed 7f return April 25, and missed by a neck in a wet track stakes at this distance May 17. A mile around one turn was too short for him July 2, and the tactical type can bounce back at his winning venue and distance. He’s the value play.
#1 Endorsed (7-5) is really good if you disregard his graded starts. He is 0-for-5 in the graded ranks with one runner-up finish in the Westchester (G3). He is 4-for-5 with a 2nd in his other five outings, and he is perfectly spotted in this restricted stakes route. He has clearly faced the best company and should score if he runs his best race.
#3 to win
Exacta Box 1-3
August 2020 Best Bet Winners
Aug 3 - Peaceful Feeling/Be Nimble Exacta ($43.40), Trifecta ($59.65)
Aug 6 - Thissmytime/Bimini/Time to Two Step Trifecta ($25.85)
Aug 7 - Jackie's Warrior/Therideofalifetime Exacta ($28.80)
Aug 8 - BODHICITTA ($11.20), Quinella ($34.80)