This is an EXTRA! Edition for Labor Day, Sept. 7, as it’s closing day at Saratoga and Del Mar summer meets.
On Sunday, Duane “Mr. Reverse” Colucci started our team off with the exacta and trifecta in Saratoga’s 2nd race but then we went a combined 0-for-4 the rest of the day plus Ed Sehon losing his Pick 4 in the first leg (full recaps at end of this column after today’s picks).
On Monday, Colucci, Sehon and I have two plays apiece on the races from coast to coast.
Happy holiday...and good luck today (and every day!).
Saratoga Race No. 8 (3:08 p.m. ET/12:08 p.m. PT)
Duane Colucci likes #1 Devamani (3-1 morning line) in the ungraded Lure Stakes “Blinkers are being added to this gelding after uncorking a solid rally from 20 lengths out of it in his last. Rider switch to Jose Ortiz, who is on fire and battling with his brother for the title on the last day of the meet. Should be rating closer and flying late. Bet 1 to Win and key 1 over 2, 5 & 6 in exactas and trifectas and reverse.”
Kentucky Downs Race No. 7 (4:23 p.m. ET/1:23 p.m. PT)
Ed Sehon likes #1 More Than Unusual (4-1 morning line). “Note: For those not familiar with hidden gem of European-style, cross-country racing located near Nashville, I encourage you to get to know it. All turf racing over hill and dale, full fields and generous purses attract the nation’s cream of the crop trainers & jockeys for six-day meet. As for my pick, sharp conditioner Brad Cox kept this 3-year-old daughter super-sire More Than Ready at home and working out in Kentucky instead of sending her to Saratoga so she would be more than ready for this 6 1/2-furlong sprint assignment. KD’s perennial leading rider Florent Geroux accepts mount. Sixteen entries point to tote-board value. Wager: Win.”
Saratoga Race No. 11 (4:48 p.m. ET/1:48 p.m. PT)
Ed Sehon likes #3 Wild Banker (12-1 morning line) “Note: On final 14-race card of 40-day meet, the prestigious leading jockey and trainer titles remain up for grabs. Brothers Ortiz, Irad & Jose, are tied with 57 wins each, while conditioner Todd Pletcher leads Chad Brown in victories, 31-26. Regarding my selection, I’ve decided to swing for the fences with a legitimate longshot. Sneaky smart owner-trainer Mike Dini ships 3-year-old gelding up from Monmouth Park for his second turf try, after being steadied and finishing a respectable third at NJ oval two weeks ago. It is significant that meet’s No. 3 rider Joel Rosario agrees to get leg up. I’m banking on him to complete winning transaction. Wager: Win & Place.”
Saratoga Race No. 13 (5:50 p.m. ET/2:50 p.m. PT)
Dave Tuley likes #2 Papetu (10-1 morning line) in the Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes. The search for next year’s Kentucky Derby horse begins with Saratoga’s closing-day feature. Most eyes will be on Jackie’s Warrior or Reinvestment Risk (7-5 and 8-5 on the morning line, respectively), but I’m taking a shot with Papetu, who won his first two career races as impressively as the others before throwing in a clunker in the Saratoga Special, which was won by Jackie’s Warriors. But we see these young horses have form reversals all the time and has a legit chance at a much nicer price. Wager: Win & Place on #2 Papetu.
Del Mar Race No. 9 (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT)
Duane Colucci likes #2 Get Her Number (6-1 morning line) in the ungraded Del Mar Juvenile Turf Stakes. “Solid maiden debut for Peter Miller plus solid stamina-building workouts and now tries a stakes race on closing day. Miller has a $3.06 ROI with 2-year-olds and a 27% win percentage. Bet 2 to Win and key 2 over 3, 8 & 13 in exactas and trifectas and reverse.”
Del Mar Race No. 10 (8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT)
Dave Tuley likes #3 Weston (6-1 morning line) in the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity. And here’s the West Coast start to the Kentucky Derby trail. Four of these entrants are still maidens (with mostly second- and third-place finishes to their credit) but Weston is 2-of-2 with a victory in the Grade 2 Best Pal over this course. Dr. Schivel is the only other winner in this race (a maiden score in his third career try) but installed as the 8-5 chalk. Wager: Win on #3 Weston.
Prior day’s results:
Saratoga Race No. 2
Duane Colucci #liked 7 Tenure (5-1 morning line)...went off 7-2...raced 2nd most of the 5 1/2-furlong race, took lead from pacesetter at sixteenth pole but was unable to hold off winner to finish 2nd...Colucci hit $26.80 exacta and $60 trifecta with the 5-7-1 result as his “reverse” bet puts his top choice in the second spot just in case it gets beat like this.
Saratoga Race No. 5
Ed Sehon liked the following $0.50 Pick 4 (cost $40, hit 2-of-4)
#5 Mo Dean
#9 Leia Marie
#1 A Little Faith
#3 Bean Counter
#9 Sweet Kisses
#8 Madison Parc
#10 Chocolate Cookie
#2 Thomas Shelby
#3 Last Judgment
#4 American Power
#5 Tiz He the One
Saratoga Race No. 10
Dave Tuley liked #7 Lady’s Island (9-2 morning line) in the Grade 2 Honorable Miss Handicap...went off 4-1...set fast fractions on lead through the opening quarter- and half-mile of the six-furlong race, battled hard in stretch but gave up lead late to the favorite and finished second, paying $4.40 to Place.
Saratoga Race No. 11
Duane Colucci liked #6 Pagliacci (20-1 morning line) in the ungraded Lucky Coin Stakes...went off 19-1...raced last of 7 most of the 5 1/2-furlong race and then was only able to pass one rival to finish 6th.
Del Mar Race No. 10
Dave Tuley liked #10 Heywoods Beach (12-1 morning line) in the Grade 2 Del Mar Derby...went off 38-1...raced midpack most of the race but failed to mount a rally, fading to finish 10th of 11.
Duane Colucci liked #8 Kiss Today Goodbye (8-1 morning line)...went off 13-1...raced 9th of 11 for opening six furlongs of 1 1/8-mile race, moved up and rallied four-wide into the stretch but was only able to get up for 5th.