HALLANDALE BEACH, FL, July 16, 2022 — If betting on human connections is your thing, you had a very formful first Saturday of Saratoga. If you prefer it that it remain strictly horse racing, then you’re out of luck.
Record-setting Belmont Park spring-summer meet winner took three days to get off the duck. But when he did, Chad Brown hit for the cycle–twice. Single, double, triple, home run, as in four winners and a sweep of the first four positions in a six-horse Grade 1 Diana.
Super barns do not make for such a super game, do they?
If betting jockeys is your game, and you’re an Irad Ortiz Jr. fan, you followed him into the circle thrice on Saturday. Joel Rosario? Same, a riding triple.
However, if you follow horses, Robyn and Eli (13-10) managed to beat only three of 11 rivals in the third race. Kudos to Higher Quality, a desperate winner (.95-1) of the next race but to give Chad his first of the day and the public’s lone winner. Wait, there’s more.
In the seventh, it was right there in the name: Reinvestment Risk, who finished fifth of seven at 1-2. Undefeated Bleecker Street? Not any more; 3rd at 4-5 in the G1 Diana.
Did Fort Ticonderoga’s maiden win impress enough to make him the 13-10 choice in the ninth. He managed to beat four of 12.
And, finally, the impressive Todd juvenile maiden breaker, Forte, who could do no better than fourth at 1.45-1 in the G3 Sanford.
But no worries. We have a sure-fire winning favorite in today’s feature race. Want to read more?
G3 QUICK CALL STAKES Race 8
The Skinny: Not overthinking this one. Big Invasion (6-5) owns layover figures and is the proven class as he seeks his fourth consecutive turf sprint stakes score, including three wins and a second at today’s trip or similar. His tactical speed and outside draw should facilitate a perfect stalking trip for Turf Team Clement-Rosario. Seven weeks fresh, he blew out sharply for this always entertaining turf-sprint stakes.
MOST PROBABLE WINNER: Big Invasion
MORNING LINE VALUE: Run Curtis Run (12-1)
STRAIGHT AND EXOTICA: Big Invasion to win, no price restrictions. Exacta Wheel 8 // 3-4-6-7. Trifecta Key 8 over 3-4-6-7. Superfecta Key 8 over 3-4-6-7. Superfecta Wheel 3-4-6-7 // 8 // 3-4-6-7 // 3-4-6-7.