Race 3: Big Muddy (#2)
Was totally outrun early in his debut, but found his best stride late, sprinting through the lane before galloping out strongly.
Is bred to handle longer distances, as a son of Medaglia d’Oro out of a stamina-laden female family.
DRF Formulator Fact: Over the past five years, Todd Pletcher is 11 for 20 (55 percent, $5.64 ROI) in 9-furlong dirt maiden races at Saratoga.
5-2 on ML
Race 5: Ranger in Paradise (#2)
Ran well within the context of his last race, as he made a wide late run into a race dominated on the front end.
Should receive some pace to close into here with speeds Too Fast to Pass, Rectify, and Missle Bomb in the mix.
Gets a positive trainer change to Bruce Levine, who does good work off the claim in dirt sprints.
6-1 on ML
Race 8: Papa Shot (#4)
Realm, who beat him two back, returned to upset the Alydar Stakes against tougher company.
Was badly compromised by a speed-favoring racetrack last time out.
It’s a positive sign that Linda Rice steps him up into stakes company off that pair of efforts
12-1 on ML