Head2Head: Saratoga late Pick 4
by Molly Jo Rosen
Another day, another Head2Head battle with my friend Andrew Champagne. If memory serves, we're tied at two apiece... so let's attempt to break the tie with the late Pick 4 at Saratoga...
Here are my thoughts while I await his...
Saratoga race 9 | 3: 59 pm ET G2 Ballston Spa for 3&up F&M going 1-1/16 mi. (T)
1-Nellie Cashman: she was denied on this turf course last year in the G2 Lake Placid ~ she's better now than she was then - don't forget her 2-Centre Court: if she gets it together again, she's a monster 7-Filimbi: looking for 3rd straight & training great
Saratoga race 10 | 4:33 pm ET G1 King's Bishop for 3yo going 7f
One of my favorite races all year & always one where I try to avoid the ALL button...
2-Wildcat Red: bred to be a freakish sprinter & nice to see him back at it 3-Myositis Dan: always right there at the wire 4-Noble Cornerstone: training lights out seeking 3rd straight win 8-Coup de Grace: ability's there if he gets the trip
Saratoga race 11 | 5:08 pm ET G1 Ballerina for 3&up F&M going 7f
4-My Miss Aurelia: I may've started her bandwagon & I ain't leavin' my homegirl now 6-La Verdad: too consistent to ignore 7-Voodoo Tales: training lights out & looking for 3rd straight 8-Hot Stones: flattered by G1 Personal Ensign finish & cuts back to what could be her favorite distance
Saratoga race 12 | 5:45 pm ET G1 Travers for 3yo going 1-1/4 mi.
1-Commanding Curve: Hasn't won since breaking his maiden last November, but he was the Derby runner-up. 2-Bayern: Speedster has won his last two by a combined 14-3/4 lengths. 3-Charge Now: Derby winner Super Saver's half-brother is a head from being a stakes winner. 4-V. E. Day: Versatile former turf runner hasn't done much wrong in his career & gets Castellano aboard. 5-Viva Majorica: Owns a big win sprinting over a muddy track, but is prone to troubled trips. 6-Tonalist: Belmont winner also cruised to victory in the Peter Pan over a sloppy surface. 7-Wicked Strong: He's run one bad race in nine career starts & he took the Jim Dandy nicely over most of this field. 8-Kid Cruz: His jockey is winning just about everything this meet & maybe excuse the Jim Dandy loss for the race coming 3 weeks after the Dwyer win. 9-Ulanbator: If he gets a clean trip, he's definitely one to talk about for the exotics. 10-Mr Speaker: In off game Belmont Derby win, but has to successfully transfer solid turf form to the dirt.
Molly Jo's ticket on the $.50 minimum ... 1,2,7 / 2,3,4,8 / 4,6,7,8 / 2,4,6 ... $72 total