We are set for a big day of racing at Saratoga Springs on Saturday. The stakes racing begins today, though, with the running of the $100,000 Coronation Cup Stakes. It’s an appetizer before the $750,000 Whitney Stakes (Gr. 1) and $500,000 Personal Ensign (Gr. 1) tomorrow. Along with those two big events, there’s also four other stakes races all worth $200,000 or more. Saratoga will offer a total of $2,483,000 on Saturday. That’s a far cry from the $608,000 available today, but it doesn’t mean we can’t turn it into money. There are three races that I’ve shortlisted at Saratoga today that could be of some interest to you.
Saratoga isn’t the only racetrack on Saturday with big races. The $100,000 Shared Belief Stakes at Del Mar is a prep race for the Kentucky Derby. A total of 95 points is available to put towards entry into the Kentucky Derby. For race teams with enough points already, the points don’t mean much, but there are still horses looking to get in with a late surge. There are only three prep races left following Saturday, the $1,000,000 Travers Stakes (Gr. 1) next week at Saratoga is the biggest of all on the schedule. Head below for our free Saratoga picks for July 31, 2020.
Post Time: 1:44 p.m. EST
Distance: 6 Furlongs
6 furlongs on the dirt will get us started at Saratoga on Friday. Race 2 features a $36,000 purse, which is one of the smallest races of the day at Saratoga. Getoffmyback and O Shea Can U See are on my shortlist for the event. O Shea Can U See is 5 for 32 in his career and is coming off a tough run after nice consistency. He finished 3rd, 1st, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 2nd, 6th and now down in class again after finishing 6th on July 22. That race was for $49,000, with O Shea Can U See running below expectations.
The two wins for O Shea Can U See were for $22,000 purses. Thereafter, O Shea Can U See moved up to $36,000 and placed 2nd on February 8, losing by 5 ½ lengths. He is definitely capable of running in this class against this competition. However, O Shea Can U See is going to be up against a tough runner in Getoffmyback. The horse that O Shea Can U See lost to on February 8 was against Getoffmyback.
Getoffmyback was the favorite in that race and lived up to expectations. He was 1st out of the gate and continued to build on the lead until he was 5 ½ lengths ahead at the wire. It was a solid wire-to-wire victory for Getoffmyback. That was the first of two straight wins for Getoffmyback. After that victory, he won on June 6 in his latest outing by 2 lengths over Fox Red in a $34,000 event.
Since September 14, 2019, Getoffmyback has finished 1st, 1st, 5th, 2nd, 1st, 1st. He has been strong in this class and should be close at the wire again on Friday. Stakes racing is a bit too difficult for him, but a $36,000 race, this should be within his range. Look for Manny Franco, who will be aboard Tiz the Law in the Kentucky Derby, to get Getoffmyback to the winner’s circle on Friday.
Post Time: 5:14 p.m. EST
Race 8 is the prelude to the Coronation Cup Stakes at Saratoga on Friday. This is the third largest purse of the day at Saratoga, with $64,000 available over 6 furlongs on the dirt. Jewel of Arabia and Flashpackinbarbie are ones to note on the shortlist. Flashpackinbarbie is 2 for 3 in her career with wins at Aqueduct and Belmont Park. She won as a first-time runner on April 6, 2019 over Irish Banker in a $62,000 event. It was an impressive 8 ¼ length win for Flashpackinbarbie. She was clear of the field by 4 ½ lengths at the top of the stretch and didn’t let up.
Her follow up effort on July 27 was a disappointment, with Flashpackinbarbie finishing next to last in 11th for a $80,000 purse. That was too much for Flashpackinbarbie, but she was able to respond on July 2 to win in a $34,000 event. She edged away at the wire to win by 2 ¼ lengths. Flashpackinbarbie has shown that she can run at this level, though that was back more than a year ago. If she won easily last April in a similar event and it wasn’t close. However, is the form still there for Flashpackinbarbie?
I think she is going to run close, so you can’t ignore Flashpackinbarie in Race 8. Heading into this race, she has completed 4 furlongs in 50.40, 48.60, 50.33, 50.04, and 48.72 seconds in the morning. Jewel of Arabia should be her toughest opponent in this one. I’ve backed Jewel of Arabia before, as recently as July 10, which was a successful pick.
Jewel of Arabia won by 7 lengths in a no doubter over Blitchon Lady. She was up by 5 ½ lengths at the top of the stretch and faced no competition in the stretch. In four career races, Jewel of Arabia has been in the top-3 in all of them. In three straight outings, Jewel of Arabia has finished in the top-2, so she has been in good form since last August.
She doesn’t race much, but when she has entered races, Jewel of Arabia has been involved in the stretch. Jewel of Arabia is coming off a couple of strong workouts, with recorded times of 47.67 seconds at 4 furlongs and 36.85 seconds at 3 furlongs. I’m going back to the well with Jewel of Arabia after she came through for us on July 26. Another win should be within reach today.
Race 9 – Coronation Cup Stakes
Post Time: 5:46 p.m. EST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
It’s feature time at Saratoga on Friday. The Coronation Cup Stakes will take place on the turf over 5 ½ furlongs of racing for a $100,000 purse. She’s My Type and Artie’s Princess are going to be tough horses to compete with. Miss J Mckay is my outsider pick which makes it on my shortlist as my third favorite horse.
However, She’s My Type and Artie’s Princess are going to be firmly enriched on my shortlist in Race 9. She’s My Type is 2 for 5 in her career, with the highlight of her career a win in the Ginger Brew Stakes on January 4. She opened her career with back-to-back wins, with the Ginger Brew Stakes her biggest up to this point. That was for a $100,000 purse.
Since then, She’s My Type has finished 4th in the $100,000 Sweetest Chant Stakes (Gr. 3) on February 1, 3rd in the $100,000 Sanibel Island Stakes on March 28, and 2nd in the $80,000 Lady Shipman Stakes (Black Type) on June 21. In her most recent outing, She’s My Type lost by 1 ¼ lengths as a slight favorite. It was a good run by her, but she started going too late. She was 6th at the ½ pole and rode up strong to finish 2nd, nearly stealing the win with some good kick in the stretch. She’s My Type completed 4 furlongs in 48.44 and 48.85 seconds in morning workouts.
Artie’s Princess has done everything right in her career with 3 wins in 4 races. She has finished 1st, 1st, 2nd, 1st at Woodbine in Toronto. Artie’s Princess will be making her US debut at Saratoga in the Coronation Cup Stakes. She has stakes experience in the Frost King Stakes (Black Type), which she could have easily won, but was denied at the wire by a neck against Dotted Line. However, Artie’s Princess followed up for a win on June 6 in a $101,000 allowance race. That was impressive with Artie’s Princess winning by 4 lengths. She should be in good form again today, and won’t be surprised to see her record the first stakes win of her career.