Saratoga has another card today with a total of nine races for $598,000 in prize money. The stakes will go up the next two days, with $940,000 available on Saturday and $976,000 on Sunday. The running of the $400,000 Fourstardave Handicap on Saturday and $500,000 Diana Stakes on Sunday stands out this weekend at Saratoga. There aren’t any Kentucky Derby runners participating this weekend, nor will you see any until Labor Day Weekend at Churchill Downs.
You’ll have to be patient, but the Super Bowl of horse racing is almost here. It’s going to be a subdued event for obvious reasons, but the fact a Triple Crown bid is alive makes things a little more exciting if you’re a horse racing fan. Tiz the Law, whose hometrack is Saratoga, will garner the most attention in the next two weeks. Manny Franco will sit out another day at Saratoga again on Friday. Head belo for our free Saratoga picks for August 21, 2020.
Post Time: 1:44 p.m. EST
Distance: 1 ⅛ Miles
Race 2 gets us going at Saratoga on Friday. This event will be for $72,000 covering 1 ⅛ miles on the dirt. The Angry Man and Ashiham should be involved in the stretch. It could develop into a duel. The Angry Man has been coming close in his previous three outings.
After finishing 4th as a rookie on December 7, 2019 at Aqueduct, The Angry Man has placed 2nd in three straight performances. In his most recent race, The Angry Man finished 2 ½ lengths behind Doswell for a $72,000 purse on August 8. Prior to that, he lost by 2 lengths in the same class against Oak Hill.
The Angry Man deserves to be running in this class, as he’s shown the ability to get in the money on multiple occasions. The Angry Man was originally bought for $180,000 in 2018 and sold a year later for $85,000, so at least one person doesn’t see anything in him, though.
He’s been running well, though, and should eventually find the winner’s circle. It could be today, but it won’t be easy with Ashiham lining up in the gate as well. Ashiham is in search of his first win, too.
Ashiham has finished 4th, 2nd, 4th, 2nd, 3rd in his career. A little more inconsistent, but his assignments have been slightly more difficult, and Ashiham was an expensive purchase. With a price tag of $800,000, Ashiham is expected to start finding wins soon. This class should be winnable for him. Look for Todd Pletcher to have Ashiham ready to go on Friday.
Post Time: 4:06 p.m. EST
Distance:1 1/16 Miles
We’re off to Race 6 at Saratoga for our next selection. This event will cover 1 1/16 miles on the inner turf for a $74,000 purse. New Day Dawning would be an intriguing option if the race was moved over to the main track on the dirt.
However, it’s expected to be a beautiful day in Saratoga Springs, so it is not likely that’s happening. With New Day Dawning probably out, my attention turns to Make Or Break and Princesa Caroline.
Make Or Break is 1 for 9 in her career and has gone 5th, 2nd, 3rd, 6th since winning the top prize out of a $46,000 purse. That was a 9 ½ length blowout for Make Or Break, which prompted a change in class up to a higher level.
It hasn’t gone particularly well, but Make Or Break was able to get into the money a couple of times to earn something. In his most recent outing, Make Or Break finished 6th. He is trying to regain his form, and if that happens Make Or break might be able to surprise.
Princesa Caroline is 50% in her young career with a win and 3rd in the $100,000 Jimmy Durante Stakes (Gr. 3) on November 30, 2019. Nothing at all wrong with that performance against a tough field. As a first-time runner, Princesa Caroline won by 3 ½ lengths for a $75,000 purse on September 28, 2019.
Following a layoff, Princesa Caroline is back on the track in another $75,000 outing. Princesa Caroline has been running in good form in morning workouts in August. She has completed 4 furlongs with times of 49.33, 47.87, and 49.66 seconds. There isn’t any reason why she shouldn’t return to her post with a strong performance.
Post Time: 4:41 p.m. EST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
Race 7 will be our final pick at Saratoga today. If you want to keep betting, there are two more races on the card. This is another dirt race, covering 6 ½ furlongs for a $62,000 purse. Flat Awesome Jenny is a dangerous horse now that she is down in class. She was a winner on June 20 at the $45,000 level by a head over Shemakesmehappy before testing herself in the Molly Pitcher Stakes (Gr. 3). That was too tough for Flat Awesome Jenny, as she finished 9th in the $262,500 event.
She didn’t belong in that race, but is back down at a more manageable level of $62,000. Flat Awesome Jenny looked good in a morning workout on August 8 with a time of 48 seconds. Expect Flat Awesome Jenny to have a much better performance versus easier competition on Friday. Putting her in a $262,500 was overreaching by her trainer and likely unnecessary given her abilities. Overall, Flat Awesome Jenny is 6 for 18 in her career.
Jump for Joy is 8 for 26 in her career and has been in good form recently. She placed 2nd on June 19 at Belmont Park in a $47,000 race, then followed up in better form on July 18. Jump for Joy beat Letmetakethiscall for a $57,000 purse on July 18. Jump for Joy had a half length lead at the top of the stretch and dug in to extend the lead for a 1 ¼ length win. I’m on Jump for Joy to follow up and take a trip to the winner’s circle. This should be a close one between Flat Awesome Jenny, with Jump for Joy edging ahead late.