Finally, a big field and bet-able horses–whatever horse you land on.
For me, it’s going to be the horse looking to repeat last year’s victory, and we will be saving with a dark horse also. Read on.
Let’s face it: Channel Maker loves Saratoga (2) 1-1-0 and loves the trip, too, (3) 2-0-0. Not all horses handle 11 furlongs but Channel Maker does. (See Grade 1 Man o’ War two races back).
Last time, turning back to 10 furlongs, he never really was in good position to win. He was wide at critical junctures, which never is advisable on grass, especially going long, and he moved prematurely as well.
Channel Maker’s best game is securing decent early position–he’s drawn well–and making one last turn. He has a grinding turn of foot. We realize that’s counter intuitive. Put another way, he can kick home but he won’t take your breath away.
Then that’s what Joel Rosario is for. I need something very close to the early line, 7-2 or more.
The saver wager will be Ya Primo (8-1) first-time Chad in the U.S. This import has been working well for months, never missing a beat, and he’s working fast. Chad Brown does not work his horses fast.
The clincher is that Jose Ortiz, who rode two other horses in this race last out, including another Chad, lands here. He’ll probably wind up the wiseguy’s choice, so 8-1 seems unlikely.
Either way, exotic players might find filler material in the redoubtable Sadler’s Joy (6-1), even if it is his first start since the 2018 Breeders’ Cup.
YESTERDAY: Highest Honors ran huge, winning the Curlin with a wide sweep on the turn and stout finish through the lane. Yea! But I’m a sore winner. The “other Chad” was 5-1 when load into the gate. When the race was official, the payoff was $10.20. Boo! The special access the industry gives computer syndicates, robbing the rank and file of value in the final seconds. In good conscience, I say parimutuel wagering has become completely unfair. Pool manipulation, and possible price-fixing, should no longer stand.