September Saturday Saratoga Spotlight

8/31/18  September Saturday Saratoga Spotlight  By Michael Patricks  Back into the handicapping world we go with both Del Mar and Saratoga bringing their respective curtains down this Labor Day Monday.  Racing continues from the Sonoma County Jockey Club through Monday and we will reopen on Thursday, September 6th for Los Alamitos Race Course’s thoroughbred meet…

Golden Gate Fields – Thursday, August 30

Golden Gate Fields Thursday, August 30 I’m Not Fancy…Best on synthetic Little Miss Hottie…Runs best here Golden Sale…Could actually be good   Giopress…Good all year Flash Henry…Will be a player Cannonball Comin…Should grab a piece   Pulpit Hanna…Needed last start Force of Ten…Placed in good spot Gold Finga…Will take action   Not My Money…A serious…

Golden Gate Fields – Sunday, August 26

Golden Gate Fields Sunday, August 26 Private Terrace…Flew home last start Propeppy…Back on best surface Maz Kanta…Will gun to the lead   Cooney…Crushed in debut Drip Drop…Broke maiden over track Sizzling Jamie…Sizzled in last start   Wicked Old Fashion…Hard to argue with record Crown Point…Has to contend Moscato Girl…Should round out ticket   Ernie Banks…Got…

Ferndale – Sunday, August 26

Ferndale Sunday, August 26 Bar JF Red Ticket…Very tough at distance Sassy Jazzy…Will be right there Bizmo…Will be better   Peppered Gold…The one to beat Swiss Script…Has to factor in Sunset City…Handled track well   Caseintime…Just missed last week Brave Times…Solid run over track Wishful Fashion…Maybe with these   Unusually Big…Should make it two straight…

Golden Gate Fields – Saturday, August 25

Golden Gate Fields Saturday, August 25 Hammy Time…Should hit the board Ambra…Softest spot yet Allotment…Should like spot   Ruled by Girls…Been there last two Art of Gold…Could have late kick I Will Rule…Just missed vs. better   Tiza Diva…Should appreciate break Warrens Goldnugget…Struggling lately She Began Again…Distance a question   Bay Muzik…Wired field last time…

Ferndale Picks – Saturday, August 25

Ferndale Picks Saturday, August 25 Starbuck’s Baby…Won over the track Chase the Money…Tough over track Read My Lips…Won both this year   Dream Pearl…Better at the distance San Victor…A major threat Raineing Sand…Could be sneaky   Phantomista…Ran well in debut Here’s to Wishing…Will be better here Jacqueline Lee…Could get a piece   Land of the…

The Travers (Grade I)

8/24/18 By Michael Patricks Back into stride with the weekly handicapping preview.  I was enlisted in the employ of my live racing duties as both racing seminar co-host and morning line odds maker at the Sonoma County Fair, so the weekly write-up department (a department of one) had to be put on ice for a…

Golden Gate Fields – Friday, August 24

Golden Gate Fields Friday, August 24 Highiwanttobeon…Run well over the track Shotgun Bandit…Improved second start Uncontainable…Substantial drop   My Discretion…Horse for the course Speed Saver…Should be right there Rate for Me…Ships and drops   Wild Whiskey…Solid debut run Louie the Gambler…Barn solid in class Rocco T…Take a good look   Atticism…Does like the track Klay’s…

Ferndale Picks – Friday, August 24

Ferndale Picks Friday, August 24 Please Believe Me…Tough on track, at distance SWS Grand Finale…Just won over track Lil Sarah…Always tough   Wma Atlantic…Third here last week My Werners Equinox…Could be one to beat Skeedaddle…Might be a solid debut   Clem Juice…Ran second last week Portray Ur Vision…Player in here Storm in Paris…Could surprise  …

Golden Gate Fields – Thursday, August 23

Golden Gate Fields Thursday, August 23 Seattle Drop…Run well over track Sweet Congrats…Run well vs. better Mal’s Harbor…Drops to good spot   Knust…Doesn’t run a bad one Holy Clem…Certainly a player Drink Til You Drop…Threat to hit the board   Conferencecallkirk…Interesting placement Hollywood Hills…Decent run down south Sittin and Thinkin…Could grab a slice   Fairfaithhills…Has…