The pools will be a tad smaller than the rest of the day, but here’s a great chance to go after maidens and state-bred races on this marquee day. Granted, these are about as well-bred maidens as you’ll find anywhere. But, it’s still maidens and state-breds, so there’s usually some toss-outs and opportunities.
Three Alarm Fire came out sharp debuting at a mile at Belmont and showed great debut speed. Six weeks off, he’s been working well lately. Cosmic Gold goes for the very sharp Trombetta barn and could benefit from a pace battle up front. Plus, there’s always threats from the several expensive 2-year-olds, but unknown, first-time starters here, so price this risk accordingly.
Potthast goes for the sizzling Graham Motion barn and showed enough speed to win last time out. His running line in that race suggests he could appreciate the stretch-out. There are still other contenders — and the stretch-out is always an unknown, regardless of your sire. But, it doesn’t feel like the deepest field, so I’d be happy with 3-1 for the win.
Ocala Jim is running quite well since entering the David Donk barn. I always like to see a horse responding to this change, and it’s promising to see the connections go for the slightly-larger purse here on Travers Day. Last time out, he beat his main rival here, Blue Pigeon, who was returning from an 8-month layoff. Blue Pigeon should be better today.
What I’m thinking of playing:
I’m considering playing a rather skinny P3 (but multiple times)with the above 5 horses. I will also probably spread in the first a bit to tie with the other 2. I’ll also be looking to push these opinions out to the Pick 5, which spans races 1 through 5, and the early P4 on races 2 through 6. Good luck!
Image: Doug Kerr, Saratoga Springs. Copyright 2011.