Saratoga is one of my all-time favorite places to watch horse racing.
Besides the track itself, it’s just a beautiful town and they really pull out the stops during the August racing season.
Now to this week’s Alabama at Saratoga.
It’s pretty cool. Here is the lineup and some comments about the odds.
Hope some of this helps when you lay down your bets.
Devil May Care drew post 2 and was made the 7-5 morning-line favorite by New York Racing Association morning-line maker Eric Donovan, and Blind Luck was installed the 8-5 second choice and will break from post 4 for Saturday’s Grade 1, $500,000 Alabama at Saratoga in which supremacy in the 3-year-old filly division is at stake.
Acting Happy, Tizahit, Connie and Michael, and Havre de Grace were also entered.
Devil May Care is 3 for 5 this year with Grade 1 victories in the Mother Goose and Coaching Club American Oaks as well as the Grade 2 Bonnie Miss.
Blind Luck is 4 for 6 in 2010 with Grade 1 wins in the Kentucky Oaks and Las Virgenes and Grade 2 wins in the Fantasy and Delaware Oaks.
So, watcha think?
The white-hot John Velazquez will ride Devil May Care while Joel Rosario – the leading rider at Del Mar who has never ridden at Saratoga – has the call on Blind Luck.
Trainer Todd Pletcher said earlier this week he believes Devil May Care has become more professional in the way she finishes her races, and Velazquez concurs with that theory.
“The blinkers have helped put her more focused on what she needs to do,” Velazquez said. “But I think she gets pretty strong the first part of the race.”
Velazquez said he’s okay with Devil May Care being strong in the early stages of the race “as long as she finishes the way she’s been finishing.”
“Great meet, horses are running really, really well,” Velazquez said. “It helps when you try to do something and they’re responding to the things you want to do.”
The only thing that has gone wrong for Velazquez at this meet was the Grade 1 Whitney, where he got beat a head on Quality Road by Blame.
“That’s the one that hurts the most,” Velazquez said. “It still bothers me.”
Velazquez has won three riding titles at Saratoga, but none since 2004.
Now could be his time.