First off, I am just stupid excited to be home visiting Saratoga for its 151st closing weekend, finally!!

Today’s $600,000 Grade 1 Woodward Stakes is sure to be an exciting one! Let’s take a quick look at some of the major contenders in this race to see who may cross the finish line first.

It is clear that MORENO has quite a history of success at the Spa. Coming off a impressive win in the 2014 Whitney Handicap, he stands out as the favorite in the Woodward. Moreno knows how to handle Saratoga’s dirt course well and I have no doubt that he will be able to keep a steady pace through the race and challenge contenders. ITSMYLUCKYDAY and ZIVO. ITSMYLUCKYDAY was on a three-win streak before coming in second to Moreno in the Whitney Handicap at Saratoga earlier this month.

Itsmyluckyday should not have an issue maintaining speed and distance as long as he has a successful break from post position #1, which I think will greatly determine how he fares. In the entire field of 10, I think that ZIVO is the one to watch out for in the Woodward. Undefeated in all of his starts in 2014, this will be the first time he returns to Saratoga since 2012. He most recently defeated Moreno in the Grade 1 Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park in July. Watch out ladies and gents, because Zivo is a closer!

Here’s are my Ciaratoga Picks for The Woodward Stakes using:

#4 Moreno
#6 Zivo
#2 Itsmyluckyday
#3 Micromanage

Bet A: $20 Win Place on #6 = $40

Bet B: $4 Exacta 3,4,6 with 3,2,4,6 = $36

Bet C: $1 Trifecta Box with 2,3,4,6 = $24

Giddy up and good luck!



Sunday’s Grade 2 Adirondack Stakes will feature a field of seven promising 2-year-old fillies on Saratoga’s main track at a distance of 6 1/2 furlongs and a purse of $200,000.

All of these juvenile fillies had fantastic debut wins, which will make the Adirondack not only one exciting race to watch but also a fun challenge to handicap. Let’s take a look at some the race’s top contenders:

#1 – Wonder Gal is one filly to watch as she lived up to her name when she won her career debut in the Lynbrook Stakes at Belmont on July 6 winning by an impressive 14 1/2 lengths. Wonder Gal is the 3-1 second choice on the morning line. Taylor Rice has the mount again and these two are bound to have another good ride together tomorrow.

#4 – Take Charge Brandi proved she enjoys Saratoga’s course as she came in second, 1 1/2 lengths behind Fashion Alert, in the Grade 3 Schuylerville Stakes on Opening Day at Saratoga. Take Charge Brandi may be ready to go for the distance this time, and with 10-1 odds, she is a perfect horse to add into your exotic bets.

#5 – Cavorting is packed with speed. She debuted on July 3 at Belmont Park and won by 11 lengths. Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, her workouts at Saratoga have been promising. With 7-2 odds on the morning line, it’s clear that Cavorting will be a strong contender.

#6 – Vivian Da Bling is already off to a successful career with consecutive wins at Lone Star Park, most recently winning the TTA Sales Futurity Stakes on July 12 by 6 1/4 lengths. The gray filly drew post position six and will be ridden by Rosie Napravnik as she targets her third win in as many starts.

Here are three ways that I would bet the Adirondack Stakes on a $20 Budget using (#1) Wonder Gal, (#4) Take Charge Brandi, (#5) Cavorting and (#6) Vivian Da Bling:

Bet A: $3 exacta box – 1,5,6 = $18

Bet B: $0.50 superfecta – 1,4,5,6 with 1,4,5,6 with 1,4,5 with 3,4,6 = $20

Bet C: $5 – win/show on 1,5 = $20

Good Luck!

-For my analysis on the America’s Best Racing Site, click here: