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Pamper Yourself at the Spa

Posted by on 7/15/2014 8:04:35 PM

Saratoga Race Course , also known as the Spa, offers online sports betting some of the best quality racing all year with generally full fields, unknowns with the juvenile set and a steady diet of puzzles on the grass courses.

The meet opens Friday July 18 and will close on September 1.

Mother Nature will come into play at this meet for sure and we all know the weather will come. It can ruin a grass schedule quicker than you can say flash thunderstorm and just like on the dirt track, all turf courses can play different when they get some moisture seeping in.

Saratoga has also been called the Graveyard of Favorites, and you better pay strict attention to last moniker before eating chalk this meeting.

A good handicapper must also try to identify key races before they become super obvious. If one is not ahead of the curve as far as figuring out which races project live, then the information is much less useful.

Just like at most other venues, speed is extremely potent going short on dirt and you can go wire-to-wire going long on dirt under the right circumstance.

On the grass, it can pretty much be pick a number at the top of the lane. The fields will be competitive, with comebackers, Europeans, and shippers mixed in with those coming up from Belmont.

One thing to pay attention to is the main track only runners. They will be designated in the Racing Form as such and will be in the outside slots generally. If the rains come, and grass races are taken off the sod, these horses are prime time contenders. First off the race will be losing quite a bit of luster as the top bred grass runners are gone and the fields will be in all likelihood short and sweet and compact.

Don’t be scared to take shots with comebackers at this meet. All the pretty people have likely instructed-their well-paid conditioners to save some live runners for this meet. Nothing can be finer than to take a nice little contingent down to the winner’s circle before dinner and drinks at some fancy restaurant like the Wishing Well or Brook Tavern.

As far as the humans are concerned, the usual suspect as in trainers will dominate but never under estimate any runner that is trained byChad Brown. Despite sending out 51 fewer horses than leading trainer Todd Pletcher last year at Saratoga, Brown only trailed him by 7 winners, as he was 2nd in the trainer standings. Brown popped with 28% of his starters and Jason Servis, who won with 5 of his 14 starters, or 36% and 4 others ran second, only surpassed that figure.

Anthony Dutrow again figures to be loaded for beat at this Saratoga meeting. He only sent out 39 horses last season but 11 won and that was good enough to make him tied for 4th in the standings.

Class prevails at Saratoga year in and year out so never take for granted the racer that has some success in his form that may have occurred months previous to this meet.

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