Saratoga Race Course Mid-Term Recap

by | Aug 13, 2019 | Horse Racing

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Just past the half waypoint of the 2019 Saratoga racing season and things are not much different from years past. 

Leading rider is Jose Ortiz, second is his brother, Irad Ortiz.

The leading trainer is Chad Brown with 20 wins. He has an 11-win lead over second place trainer, Todd Pletcher.

The leading owner is Klaravich Stables with second place being Repole Stables who happens to use Todd Pletcher as their trainer.

I expect Pletcher to start turning up the heat, particularly with maiden two-year-old horses.  Look for him with Johnny V to start picking it up. The riding title will come down to the same two as the past three years, Irad and Jose Ortiz. 

Castellano is third, but he does not ride as much as the other young guys do.  Saez is still averaging the largest payouts for the jockeys, Bush is bringing in the horses on the turf races, and of course, Santana/Asmussen are just lethal together with two more winners on Sunday.

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As far as the write up goes, we are doing very well. I have handicapped over 75 races, nine were taken off the turf so 64 races have been run. 

  • 38 winners
  • 36 place
  • 30 third
  • 16 exactas
  • 10 triples
  • Four PICK 4’s (One being at Arlington)
  • 10 Most Likely to Win
  • 2 Long Shot of the Day
  • Had at least one horse in the money a whopping 93% of the races handicapped.

I hope to be more focused on the Long Shot of the Day in the second half of the season, but the rest I am not changing. If it is not broke, do not fix it.

We have some big weekends coming up with the Travers’s Stakes and the Woodward and several other Grade 1 races. It is safe to say, the best racing is still to come at old Spa!

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