Let’s look at a couple of spots in the last Saturday of the Saratoga meet.
Race 6 – We’ll have to watch the board in this two-year old, seven-furlong Maiden Special Weight but we’re interested in #6 Bourbon Resolution (8-1) for trainer Ian Wilkes. Bourbon Resolution made a big wide move against a gold rail on July 29th for a trainer whose horses get better with racing. Now set for his third start, he’s poised for a step forward. #7 Venezuela (4-1) for Chad Brown and #2 Biblical (9-2) for Todd Pletcher, a half to Princess of Sylmar, could both take money and if one is extensively bet, we’ll certainly play that one with Bourbon Resolution.
Spinaway Stakes (Race 10) – The two favorites are #1 Separationofpowers (6-5) for Chad Brown, off a blowout debut win, and #4 Pure Silver (1-1), who is 3-3 and won the Adirondack last time. Both are talented, but both rode gold rails in their last starts. Pure Silver was also aided by a very slow pace. Our pick is #3 Lady Ivanka (9-2). She was impressive in her debut win, coming from just off the pace. She did beat a much weaker field (the runner-up came back to run eighth in a Maiden Special Weight race last week), but she’ll be a fair price and the gold rails were strong enough to make the two favorites a bit vulnerable today.