Saratoga Friday: It's New York-bred day and God's Tipster has picks for the West Point Stakes & Albany Stakes
Rinaldi, winning the Forbidden Apple in July, runs today in the West Point Stakes, But God's Tipster isn't picking him.NYRA / Chelsea Durand

Saratoga Friday: It's New York-bred day and God's Tipster has picks for the West Point Stakes & Albany Stakes

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Thursday’s Race Recap from Saratoga:

(All odds US)

Race replays from Saratoga can be found here:


Race 3: 5th@ 6.00/1

Race 5: 1st@ 1.45/1 - BEST BET 🔥🔥🔥🔥

Race 7: 10th@ 55.00/1


We began the day with an uninspired effort from Win Worthy in Race 3. He was in contention until the far turn but the added distance appeared to be a bit too much for him. We got back to our winning ways in Race 5 when our BEST BET - Keepcalmcarryon - connected. In Race 7 we took a chance hoping No Salt would be left alone on a clear lead but that one never made it to the front and that was all she wrote. We closed out the day in Race 8 with Easy to Bless being a last minute scratch at the starting gate.

It’s Travers Eve - and New York Bred Day! Every horse that’s racing today at Saratoga was bred in New York, so let’s dig into the Friday card from Saratoga. I don’t love the races on a whole today and don’t want to waste my members hard-earned money so I’ve only got two selections. I promise we’ll have a bunch of plays for Saturday’s Travers day card. Once again we expect warm temperatures with fast and firm track conditions.

Friday picks for Saratoga:

Race 8: Sanctuary City - 1 pt win (US Morning Line Odds: 12/1)

The West Point Stakes is chock full of hard-knocking turf males. Rinaldi is the controlling speed and if left alone on the lead he might be long gone. But at short odds, I’m taking a chance someone like Mo Ready will go with him and if that’s the case, then Sanctuary City looks like the strongest closer in the field. This winner of 4 of 12 races has a win at the distance and produced his career best speed figure two races back with today’s rider aboard. 12/1 is tremendous value.

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Race 9: Bobby Bo - 2 pts win - BEST BET (US Morning Line Odds: 2/1)

The Albany Stakes - named for New York’s state capital which is located just 30 minutes south of Saratoga is run here at 1 1/8th miles and Bobby Bo ships from the west coast for trainer Bob Baffert. Even though he’s only got a maiden win to his credit, that maiden win was huge. If he can repeat that effort he will be a handful here.

Good luck to everyone playing Friday’s races from Saratoga!!

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