USTA Play of the Day
by Michael Carter
Saratoga Casino and Hotel Race 6 (Pick 5)
Date: 7/21/2018 Carryover: $0 Guarantee: $7,777
Ticket: 1,2,5/2,4,6/5,6,8/7,8/5,8 – Cost: $54.00 (.50 base)
Yesterday’s Recap – Yesterday’s play we would have hit the Pick 4 twice with a scratch in the first leg had our single in the last leg come home to score. The Pick 4 (1,7/1/3/2) was a little chalky but still returned $57.80 for a .50 investment.
Race 6: #1 ARTFUL WAY draws the inside tonight after a tough effort against Open company last time out. He was stung to the opening quarter in that effort facing some very tough company, look for a bounce-back effort this week. #2 FOILED AGAIN doesn’t need an introduction, a winner of 100 races and over $7.5 million dollars he is iron tough. He gets a good draw after taking some time off after his win at Harrah’s, I expect him to be forwardly placed. #5 RISE UP NOW is my price play of the race with Jordan Stratton in the sulky. He handled the move up in class with grace last week, look for an even better effort tonight.
Race 7: #2 BIT OF A LEGEND N was stung to the first quarter last week and after making the front, he tired towards the end of the mile. He scored two starts back in the Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield Park showing he could still hang with stakes company. #4 EVENIN OF PLEASURE has been ultra-consistent since entering the barn of trainer Jennifer Bongiorno. He has a little bit of tactical speed but is a horse that often likes to trip out. Look for him to be in a good position early and be coming late. #6 ROCKIN RON has been hit or miss over the past couple of weeks and tonight he gets a tough draw to the outside with post six. He has a lot of early speed, so expect him to be in the mix early.
Race 8: #5 SPREESTER gets a good draw this week, but is facing some very tough company. She is 5/2 on the morning line, but I have a feeling she will probably float up some. I look for her to get into a good early spot and try to have to close on the leaders. #6 NERIDA FRANCO N has won two of her last three starts and has looked very sharp at Harrah’s Philadelphia. Tonight she faces one of her biggest tests and if she passes I would look for her to face stakes company. #8 LADY SHADOW reappeared at Saratoga a couple of weeks ago and has been racing very well at the half-mile facility. post eight might be a tough test, but look for her to be around early.
Race 9: #7 ELYSIUM LINDY has won two straight and will probably be close to favoritism. He has been racing against some good company at Yonkers and should handle this field no problem. #8 CHARMED LIFE was parked the mile last week at Yonkers Raceway after winning two starts back. His start in the Charlie Hill was visually impressive, I look for him to rebound here.,
Race 10: #5 FUNKNWAFFLES scored off a perfect trip last week after some tough races in the Graduate and the Ben Franklin. He draws well tonight and should continue the improvement against some strong company. #8 STARZNHEAVEN has won six of his last six races including a 1:51.1 score right here at Saratoga last out. He picks up Gingras tonight and he should be on the scene late.