by Jerry Shottenkirk
August 29, 2020
Fillies and mares have the spotlight Sunday at Saratoga in the Grade 3 Shuvee, and the 1 1-8th-mile race on the main track could go many different ways.
But in the interest of staying away from a cost-prohibitive Late Pick 4 ticket, the list of contenders is trimmed down to three on this $72 suggested ticket.
Nonna Madeline, Another Broad and Royal Flag appear to be headed in the right direction in their career and should be able to mix it up nicely going the nine furlongs.
The Late Pick 4 runs during races 7-10, and the Shuvee is race nine on the card and the third in the sequence.
Here’s a look at the Late Pick 4 races:
Race 7 (4:40 p.m. ET, allowance optional claiming
SHORT POUR lacks consistency but her best races make you take notice. Saez on the front end is a plus and we know can happen under that circumstance.
BARREL OF DESTINY tired in his first one here but had won three straight going into that one. Does well playing the role of stalker.
PECATONICA was up in time two races back and then racing a credible third. She improved position against a slow pace. She could get a better scenario here.
Race 8 (5:14 p.m. ET, allowance)
INSIDE INFO ran fourth but dug in after losing the lead. Worth a look after that effort.
GANDY DANCING was runner-up in a decent race last out and can improve with experience.
HARRIS BAY Came off a second in a stakes race with a third here in his first in seven months. Has a decent closing move and likely will improve of his first off the layoff.
MIDNIGHT WHISKEY can get brave on the front end and doesn’t have many options other than going for the lead from the outside. Could carry his speed today, much like he did in a maiden win two races back.
Race 9 (5:46 p.m. ET, Gr. 3 Shuvee Stakes)
NONNA MADELINE was a clear winner in a restricted stakes race and steps into Grade 3 territory. She’s graded stakes-placed and can fire a decent shot on the front end of this one.
ANOTHER BROAD made a belated move for third and can be close to this pace. Well-connected mare is a legit player.
ROYAL FLAG won three straight and then was third in the G3 Molly Pitcher. Troublesome on or near the front end and usually has some closing punch.
Race 10 (6:18 p.m. ET, maiden special weights)
MODERN SCIENCE moved strongly for a narrow lead and then was caught late. Will be a battler in his second local start.
SOL DEL SUR rallied mildly in his first one and Mott runners usually improve after their initial appearance. Royally bred and a late threat.
MILLEAN made his first start and had a strong work last week. Braced for his first one and likely will be a player on the front end.
Race 7) #1 Short Pour, #2 Barrel of Destiny, #4 Pecatonica, #12 Blue Atlas.
Race 8) #3 Inside Info, #4 Gandy Dancing, #8 Harris Bay, #9 Midnight Whiskey.
Race 9) #6 Nonna Madeline, #8 Another Broad, #9 Royal Flag.
Race 10) #3 Modern Science, #5 Sol Del Sur, #6 Millean.
Total Ticket Cost) 1,2,4,12/3,4,8,9/6,8,9/3,5,6 = $72 for $0.50