Our lead handicapper Michael Dempsey provides free horse racing picks from Aqueduct, Keeneland, Saratoga, Belmont Park, Santa Anita, Del Mar and Gulfstream Park throughout the racing season. Check back frequently for his free race selections as well as wagering picks from our handicapping staff.
Mike’s Free Selections for Thursday September 3:
Saratoga Race 6 Md Sp Wt (3:45 ET)
- No.1 Strike Midnight 12-1
- No.10 Ian Smith 3-1
- No.11 Spicy Blonde 6-1
- No.5 Rappel 7-2
Strike Midnight is a $150,000 Ocala purchase making his debut for the Gyamarti barn that is 9% winners with first timers. The colt has a nice pedigree, by Smart Strike out of a Seattle Dancer mare that has dropped eight winners including four turf winners and a trio of stakes winners, top earner Lead Story ($842,301). The colt has decent works including a bullet drill on Aug. 31 over the main track.
Ian Smith showed good early speed in his debut, pressing the early pace, opening up a lead heading for home and getting run down late, settling for the runner up spot. The blinkers go on for the Pletcher barn that is 23% winners with second out maidens. The $100,000 Ocala purchase is the first foal to race out of a Street Cry mare.
WIN: #1 to win at 6-1 better.
EX: 1,10 / 1,5,10,11
TRI: 1,10 / 1,5,10,11 / 1,3,5,10,11
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Last Updated Wednesday, September 2, 2015