We enter the final week of the Saratoga meeting on Wednesday which features a $161,541 Pick 6 carryover after longshots ruled the day on Sunday.
Despite Beau Liam paying $2.80 and Montauk Daddy returning $7.20 no horseplayer solved the Pick 6. The other four winners paid $22.20, $18.80, $43.60 and $22.60.
Wednesday’s Pick 6 starts with the fifth race on the card, a $16,000 claimer for non-winners of two going 1 1/8-miles on the main track. Lokoya Road looks tough as the 9-5 morning line favorite.
The sixth race is a $25,000 maiden claimer for New York breds going six furlongs on the main track. Ten were entered with the James Bond trained Big Little Risk the 3-1 morning line favorite.
Race seven is a state bred first level allowance race going 5 ½ furlongs on the turf. The race drew 13 with a dozen to start. The Tom Morley trained Social Whirl is the 7-2 morning line favorite but it is a wide open race. Athena Dancer (10-1), Jill’s a Hot Mess (9-2) and Highway Queen (10-1) each look likely to offer some value.
In the eighth race a field of seven will go nine furlongs in a first level allowance race. The Todd Pletcher trained Vindictive is the 9-5 morning line favorite. The colt broke his maiden in his last outing going nine furlongs over the Spa main track.
With Anticipation Wednesday’s Feature
The ninth is the feature, the $150,000 With Anticipation (G3). Seven juveniles will go 1 1/16 miles on the inner turf. The Shug McGaughey trained Limited Liability was a very impressive maiden winner in his debut on July 31.
“I was very impressed with his race. I’ve been very impressed since he ran, too,” McGaughey said. “He’s training awfully well. I’m looking forward to it. I think he deserves to be in there.”
The nightcap is a state bred maiden special weight race going 1 1/16 miles on the outer turf. The race drew a full field of 12 and is a tough final leg of the sequence.
Jorge Abreu sends out Acushla (7-2) for her third career start. Christophe Clement debuts Tingling Mint (8-1) and the Phil Gleaves trained Vivazano (6-1) was beaten just a neck last out in her eighth career start.
Let’s head out Saratoga for Wednesday’s featured race of the day:
Saratoga Race 9 The With Anticipation G3 (5:39 ET)
1 Limited Liability 7-5
6 Coinage 6-1
4 Portfolio Company 9-5
3 Gooch Go Bragh 4-1
The favorite was a good looking maiden winner in his debut for the Shug barn. The colt raced next to last early over good ground here on July 31 and came with a good late rally to take over late and draw clear to win by nearly three lengths. The runner up Sweeping Giant was a Pletcher firster and he came back to run a good second in his next start on Aug. 28. The fourth and seventh place finishers came out of our top pick’s maiden race to run seventh and eighth in her next outings. The colt is by Kitten’s Joy and the first foal to race out of a Blame mare. The colt has put in a quick work tab since his maiden score and looks as if he still has a ton of upside. He looks tough here with the main knock how low the price goes.
This gal is making his first start on turf here for the Casse barn that is 13% winners (with a +ROI) moving runners from dirt to turf. The colt broke his maiden in his second career start drawing off to win by 7 3/4 lengths with his speed figure coming up on the light side. He then tracked the early pace and could not make up any ground late in a third-place finish in the Rick Violette going six furlongs over the main track here. The $450,000 son of Tapit is out of the G1 winner Bar of Gold who finished up her career by winning the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) at 66-1. While she was best on dirt, she did win the state bred Yaddo here in 2017. Note Casse does have a couple of turf drills into him and if he takes to the surface switch, he can be in the mix here at a decent price.
This filly was sent off at 6-5 in his debut and did not disappoint here over good ground going 1 1/16 miles on turf. The Brown trainee chased the early pace, took over the lead heading for home and opened up, and managed to hold on by 3/4 of a length. Four here beat have come back to run with a second and a third the best finishes. This colt is out of a Wild Again mare that has dropped three other turf winners and a pair of stakes winners, top earner graded stakes winner Charming Kitten ($1 million).