|Squeeky likes Stephanie's Kitten and Kitten's Queen|
Welcome Friends to the Turk and The Little Turk. I'm usually not a big Saratoga player, I'm just not that good picking winners on the dirt track, but that doesn't stop me from trying. I've had good luck and a respectable ROI on the turf course, especially when fast and firm, and hence today's handicap is a route across the grass, the Grade 1 Diana.
I have had good years at Saratoga. I like dry weather years, and I've learned I have to play it nearly every day to get the feel for the pace, closing positions and winning paths. When I'm not prepared to fully engage at SAR I don't do as well. It's not superstition or the racing Gods, it's about consistent handicapping and honest post race analysis of what you did right and wrong as a handicapper and a gambler.
On a turf course, I look for where the pace is going to come from and who has the best late turn of foot. I bet turf races consistently and that allows me to pick more winners than losers. Picking the winner isn't always my end game as I'm an exotic player and who wins isn't always my primary concern. I'm usually fixated on who's not going to be in the Top Four and how many horses I have to cover to get the top four right. Anyways, this year is zooming by and I can't believe Saratoga is here, but it is, so let's get it on!
|Win||Hard Not to Like/4||A|
|Exotic||Lady Lara (Ire)/7||C+++|
|Also Ran's||My Miss Sophia/6||C++++++|
|Waltzing Matilda (Ire)/5||C|
|Saratoga Race 10: Post Time 6:07 ET||The Diana G1|
|1 1/8 Miles on Mellon Turf||For F&M 3 YO and Up|