Saratoga Horses in Focus for Saturday, August 25th (Travers Day)

Race 4: Americano (#8)

Is bred to handle the turf, since his dam won over $600,000 racing exclusively on grass and synthetic surfaces.

Figures to show more speed with this stretch-out in distance.

Gets a positive rider switch to Jose Ortiz.

12-1 on ML

Race 5: Tathqeef (#1)

Ran very well despite getting an impossibly wide trip on Travers Day last year.

Should work out a favorable stalking trip in a race that does not feature a ton of early speed.

DRF Formulator Fact: Over the past five years, Kiaran McLaughlin is 10 for 35 (29 percent, $3.36 ROI) off layoffs of 180 days or more in turf routes.

8-1 on ML

Race 6: Promises Fulfilled (#1)

The Pace Projector is predicting that he will be on the lead in a situation favoring the front-runner.

Has run TimeformUS Speed Figures (128 and 132) in his last two starts that would make him a major player in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.

All of his main rivals need an honest pace to close into, and they’re unlikely to get it.

8-5 on ML

Race 11: Gronkowski (#3)

Ran a remarkable race in the Belmont, closing from far back to get up for second in race where others had trouble closing.

Has reportedly trained very well into this race.

Is one of the few horses in here that is certain to appreciate the demanding 10-furlong distance.

4-1 on ML​

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2 Responses to Saratoga Horses in Focus for Saturday, August 25th (Travers Day)

  1. rick says:

    I had Gronk in the Belmont & he made my day,but I’m giving Gadot a shot & Vino to finish a lot closer.

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  2. Karl Deppen says:

    Gronks a good pony, but one of the Curlins should win this race and I’ll be using Mendolssohn underneath for 2nd or 3rd

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