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Update: Scratches change Play of Day

By Ron Flatter  (Saratoga Play of the Day) 

July 27, 2017 06:01 AM

All that overnight handicapping of the Thursday feature at Saratoga went out the window with two big scratches. The morning-line favorite Weekend Hideaway developed soreness in his left front foot, so trainer Phil Serpe canceled his run in the $100,000 John Morrissey Stakes. The probable front-runner early in the race – Bustin It – was also scratched. But for a change this summer at the Spa, there is no lack of early pace in this 6½-furlong race for New York breds. Gypsum Johnny (5-1), Breakin The Fever (12-1) and Brimstone (20-1) may find themselves in a who-gets-there-first dash from the gate. José Ortiz – last year’s top jockey at Saratoga – has the ride on Gypsum Johnny for the second time in a row. They won three weeks ago as the favorite in an $80,000 mile claimer at Belmont Park. The cutback in distance should not be a problem, but a burning speed contest might be. So even though Gypsum Johnny is the play, a hedge on long-shot closer T Loves A Fight (12-1) is worth a look, especially if rain makes the track muddy or sloppy.

 

Play of the Day: Gypsum Johnny to win, but keep an eye on T Loves A Fight.

Ron Flatter's Saratoga Play of the Day is sponsored by NYRA Bets. Get details on a $200 new membership sign-up bonus. (Void where prohibited.)

Thursday's Saratoga stakes race in handicap order from e-ponies.com

Note: Weekend Hideaway and Bustin It have scratched.

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See more at e-ponies.com.

 

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