We are back at it today at The Spa. I am fired up as I am coming off my best day of the season with five in 10 races on Sunday. I changed my approach a bit. Went back to what I know and it worked!
The feature race at Saratoga today is the $135,000 Tale of the Cat Stakes. The race covers 7 furlongs on the dirt for horses four years old and up who have not won a graded stakes in 2022.
The morning line favorite is Southern District for Chad Brown with Manuel Franco aboard at 7-5. This Union Rags sired entry has been in the money all four starts in 2022, winning three times with a third, Southern District has won three in a row.
Mr. Phil for Rob Atras has won 3 of 4 this year but was fifth in the Grade 2 True North Stakes last time out. It was the horse's first race against graded stakes company despite 32 career starts.
Irad Ortiz will ride Awesome Gerry for Saffie Joseph. This horse has two wins in allowance company and a third in the Hanshin Stakes at Churchill Downs. Joseph usually has horses loaded and ready when he enters them at this level and is always a threat at Saratoga. Figure in the component of Irad riding and this could be the horse to beat.
Here are my picks for the rest of the Wednesday card:
Race #1 is for the jumpers and I don't pick those races so I will begin with Race #2.
Good luck everyone! Enjoy the cooler temperatures at "The Spa."