Race 4: MAIN ROAD (3)
Has been running spiritedly with winners in the mid-west, now tries to crack five “need the lead” maiden winners from Belmont. Ron Moquette coaxes Jose Ortiz on board. Result: 2-5-7-1 ($8.70) No match for the winner’s blazing fractions; dueled early faded to back of the pack.
Race 5: THEBIGFUNDAMENTAL (1)
Early running style and rail post are both positives at today’s distance on this course. SECURITIZ (3) gets Jose Ortiz for Jimmy Jerkens, his a stayer that could make noise late. Thinking exacta . . . . Result: 4-3*-1*-7 ($20.00) SECURITIZ engineered a perfect stalking trip putting away the choice in a thrilling stretch drive. Meanwhile a 9/1 runner, SEEKING THE SOUL pushed by the tired pair at the wire.
Race 7: COURTMEWITHCARATS (5)
“Speed of the speed,” drops while sharp to collect and tease would-be claimers. Result: 11-4-6-2 ($13.20) Another speed and die deal.
Race 9: ANIMAL APPEAL (3)
Possible “horse for course” with front end speed that fits this grass. Result: 12-9-10-6 ($24.00) Another speed and die deal.
You win Saratoga! I’m limping back to Thistledown.
4-0-0-1 (-$8.00) on Sunday and 9-1-1-1 (-$13.10) for the meet, figuring the top picks on a $2 win ticket through Sunday, July 23.