We have another multi-bet card on the agenda on Sunday, this time at Saratoga in Saratoga Springs, NY. Along with Saratoga, you can find our Gulfstream Park Daily Double and Pick 3 selections on the blog Sunday. Yesterday was Haskell Saturday at Monmouth Park in New Jersey. If you had Authentic it was a good day. Authentic scored the win for Bob Baffert by a nose at the wire. Fortunately, we were on the winning side of that late duel.
What an exciting finish it was, with Ny Traffic showing tremendous kick in the stretch to nearly reel him in. That’s a horse and rider that believed he was clear, but you can’t take anything for granted in a $1,000,000 race. Whether it was a Mike Smith issue or not will be cleared up for Authentic’s next race, which is likely going to be the Kentucky Derby on Labor Day Weekend. He didn’t look interested in finishing, though.
The Travers Stakes on August 8 is the next race to circle. The Travers will take place at Saratoga with another $1,000,000 purse up for grabs. That’s the only race left on the schedule with 100 points awarded to the winner. If race teams want to be entering the Kentucky Derby, that’s going to be the last big opportunity on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. The stakes are smaller at Saratoga on Sunday, but let’s try to make the best of it with a winning ticket or two. Head below for our free Saratoga Daily Double and Pick 3 selections for July 19, 2020.
Post Time: 1:44 p.m. EST
Distance: 6 ½ Furlongs
Race 2 is our starting point for the first leg of our multi-bet at Saratoga on Sunday. Deep Sea and Lazarus Project might get into a good battle in the stretch in this race, which features 6 ½ furlongs for a $32,000 purse. Lazarus Project is 5 for 52 in his career and getting a class drop today. Will that be enough to get Lazarus Project to the winner’s circle? He fell well short in his most recent performance on June 12 in a $46,000 event.
Lazarus Project finished 6th for the second time in two races. He was 6th on March 2 in another $46,000 race. In his last five races, Lazarus Project has finished 2nd, 4th, 3rd, 6th, 6th. In the 2nd place race, that was for a $46,000 purse as well. He’s getting a much needed downgrade in class, as he searches for his first win since February 2, 2019. The win on that day was a $32,000 purse, so this is right back where he left off then. Lazarus Project has been winless in 14 straight races following that win. In a recent July 7 workout, Lazarus Project completed 4 furlongs with a time of 50.66 seconds.
Deep Sea is a winner in 7 of 31 races in his career. He is looking for his first win since December 30, 2018 today. Deep Sea has gone winless in 11 straight events, so he and Lazarus Project have been on a similar trajectory. He has finished in the top-3 in three straight races. Deep Sea has also placed in back-to-back races, finishing 2nd on May 17 in a $31,000 event and a 2 ½ length loss in his most recent outing on June 28 for $32,000. His latest workout was a good effort with a time of 48.78 seconds over 4 furlongs. I’m with Deep Sea in Race 2.
Post Time: 2:20 p.m. EST
A handsome purse of $72,000 will get the attention of seven horses in Race 3 on Sunday at Saratoga. In Front and Dovima have my attention in Race 3. In Front has gone 0 for 5 to open her career, so she hasn’t been in front at the wire yet. She has finished 4th, 4th, 2nd, 6th, 3rd in five races. Her best performance was on November 30, 2019 at Aqueduct. In Front finished 2nd behind Silver Kitten by 2 ¼ lengths in that $70,000 event.
In her most recent outing, In Front was strong for 3rd in a $64,000 race. In Front is coming off a nice morning workout on July 6 with a time of 48.69 seconds. This horse was purchased for $475,000 in September of 2017. There is way more expected out of her than what we’ve seen so far. With only five races on her resume, there’s time for her to bounce back and get going, but you expect a little more out of a $475,000 horse at this point. Today very well could be the day that changes her fortunes around.
Dovima is coming off her debut on June 13 at Belmont Park. It was a promising first-time run for Dovima. She beat ten horses to place behind the winner, Cost Benefit, by a nose. Dovima should excellent kick in the stretch and nearly stole the win away from Cost Benefit, who had the lead from the ¼ pole to the wire.
She was purchased for $440,000 last April and is expected to produce. Her workouts have surely been impressive, with consistent times under 50 seconds over 4 furlongs. In her most recent morning outing, Dovima was clocked at 48.62 seconds. Dovima will find her way on my ticket on Sunday at Saratoga. The $440,000 investment for her backers should pay off today in Race 3.
Post Time: 2:54 p.m. EST
Race 4 features a $54,000 purse on the dirt over 6 furlongs of racing. A duel could be in the cards in this event between Releasethethunder and Candy Cornell. Both horses are in good form and should be in the mix. Releastthethunder has a bit of stakes experience with entries in the Roar Stakes (Black Type) and Golden Fever Stakes (Black Type). The Roar Stakes on April 20, 2019 didn’t play out well, with Releasethethunder finishing 6th.
However, he bounced back after that for 3rd in the Roar Stakes, a $82,000 stakes race. Since then, Releasethethunder has finished 3rd, 1st, 3rd, 5th, 3rd. In his win, he beat Quizzical Cajun by a nose for a $50,000 purse. Overall, he’s 2 for 13 in his career. Against this field on Sunday, Releasethethunder should be able to compete. This isn’t the most difficult assignment that he’s seen before.
Candy Cornell is 2 for 19, so doesn’t have a better win percentage than Releasethethunder. Although, I like the form that he’s been in of late. In his previous three outings, Candy Cornell has finished 1st, 2nd, 2nd. He cleared Town Champ by 4 lengths for an easy $90,000 score on March 15. Candy Cornell followed up to place on April 10 to miss out by 2 ¾ lengths against Absolutely Aiden. In any case, Candy Cornell was able to beat ten other runners in that event.
In his latest outing on July 10, Candy Cornell placed 2nd again for the second time in a row. He was 4 lengths back of Early Mischief as the favorite in the race. Just a week later, Candy Cornell will be back out on the track looking for a win after getting dropped in class. Candy Cornell has gotten used to competing for purses in the $70,000-$90,000 range, so this should be an easy assignment for him. Weaker company in Race 4 should help Candy Cornell do one better than he did on April 10 and July 10.