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 Saturday July 23:
Saratoga Race 6 Md Sp Wt (3:49 ET)
- No.6 Forge 7-2
- No.1 Conquest Reformo 4-1
- No.8 One Liner 3-1
- No.2 Pretty Boy Flash 8-1
Forge is a $375,000 Keeneland purchase making his debut for the Chad Brown barn that is 19% winners overall with first timers. Here at the Spa with juvie firsters going back five yeas the trainer is 21% winners (with a +ROI). The colt is by Harlan’s Holiday (14% winners with debut runners) out of a stakes placed Latent Heat mare, her first foal to race. A near bullet work out of the gate on July 16 should have this guy real to go at first asking.
Conquest Reformo was off a beat slow and made a good late rally to finish in the runner up spot last out going 4 1/2 furlongs at Churchill Downs in his debut, sent off at just under 6-1 in a field of seven. Casse hits at a 25% clip with second out maidens but had a tough meeting here last summer, going just 3 for 42. He earned a decent figure in is debut and figures to move forward off that effort. He is out of a Victory Gallop mare that has dropped two winners. The extra ground here should suit him.
WIN: #6 to win at 5-2 or better.
EX: 1,6 / 1,2,6,8
TRI: 1,6 / 1,2,6,8 / 1,2,4,6,8
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Last Updated Friday, July 22, 2016