5 key horses to play in Saturday’s Saratoga contest

August 18, 2018 07:16pm
Daddy Is A Legend wins 2018 Lake George
Photo: Chelsea Durand/NYRA

Saturday’s Saratoga Survivor contest at DerbyWars.com offers a possible prize pool of $2,000 and a bonus jackpot of $150 to any player who is the only person to survive all nine races. The contest runs from Races 2 to 10 and includes two graded stakes, the Lake Placid and the Alabama.

Here are five key horses to consider using when you are playing in the contest:

Race 2

This maiden special weight for 2-year-olds going a mile and a sixteenth on the turf is an exceptionally difficult way to start the contest considering that race drew a full field and includes only two horses with any racing experience. You can watch the board for horses getting bet, but you still don’t know how they will perform.
Southern Bridge has experience, ran well, and was bet down in the last few minutes of his debut. He rallied down the stretch for Bill Mott, whose young runners usually improve in their second start.

Race 5

Our Girl Abby
is a horse that hits the board, which is a great Survivor quality. Her first Saratoga start this summer had her losing a head bob. This will be her second start for excellent claiming trainer Danny Gargan.

Race 6

This is another 2-year-old race where most of the runners are making their first career start. Again, experience is preferred, and
Wild Medagliad’oro made a big closing move from ninth to finish second in his debut after racing seven wide. Any improvement here should find this one in the winner’s circle.

Race 8

The Lake Placid (G2) has a very talented field of seven which includes last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner, Rushing Fall. No doubt that she will attract the majority of the contest picks. Picking a different horse gives the opportunity to make a big contest move if by chance Rushing Fall does not run her race.
Daddy Is a Legend won the Lake George with her finest performance for Saratoga specialist George Weaver. Even if the favorite wins, Daddy Is a Legend should be expected to hit the board.

Race 9

In the Alabama (G1), the 10-furlong distance is uncharted territory for all of these 3-year-old fillies, so just about anything could happen. This is another race to play against the favorite.
Talk Veuve to Me will be second choice and is a horse that should continue to improve and is most likely to finish in the top three and maybe Midnight Bisou will show some effects from her rigorous 2018 campaign.

Good luck, and enjoy the Saturday Saratoga Survivor contest.


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Matt Shifman has been on the Horse Racing Nation staff since 2011 and currently serves as Assistant Editor. Matt covers Aqueduct, Belmont Park, Monmouth Park, and Saratoga in his two HRN blogs, Racing at the Jersey Shore and New York State of Racing.

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