I’m back at home. Despite the slew of bad opinions, I still had a great time in Saratoga and I’m looking forward to going back later in the meet.
Apparently, more thunderstorms arrived overnight so I’ll tread lightly and give out just two opinions today.
Monday, July 28
Race 5: Claiming $20,000B at 1 1/8 miles
6 – Here He Fitz
HERE HE FITZ (#6) has run a bit better than it appears on paper in each of his last two starts. Two back he was chasing a very fast pace and made a premature move to the front in a race that fell apart late, yet he was still able to battle on gamely to the wire. Then last time he broke a step slowly and was out of position for the entire race while racing in traffic. I believe he’s best when he’s placed close to the front, which should work out well today in a field lacking much early pace. He has really woken up ever since breaking his maiden and I believe his best effort can beat this field.
$15 Win 6
Race 8: The Honorable Miss (G2) at six furlongs for fillies and mares
7 – My Wandy’s Girl
I respect what La Verdad has accomplished and think that she is immensely talented, but she has quite the task ahead of her today with so much speed signed on to her outside. In the past, I know that she’s been able to out-break and outrun her competition in these situations, but I don’t know that she’s ever faced the sort of early lick that R Free Roll and Red Velvet bring to this race. I’m taking a shot against her with MY WANDY’S GIRL (#7), who is the only horse to have beaten La Verdad in her last ten races. That day, My Wandy’s Girl benefited from an aggressive ride, but today Irad Ortiz, Jr. should be able to take her back and let things play out up front. My Wandy’s Girl is coming off a performance that is better than it appears when she attacked a very fast pace in the Ruffian and still held on gamely in the stretch before succumbing to the closing Fiftyshadesofhay in the final strides. She appears to be in excellent form and, with the right pace setup, I think she can run them all down.
$15 Win 7