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March 22: Saratoga Harness Analysis

by Al Cimaglia

March 22, 2020

Saratoga Harness has a 13-race card set to roll at noon EST and after today's program racing will be suspended. The feature comes in Race 11 an Open Handicap Trot, plus there is an Early and Late Daily Double on the card.

Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.

Race 1

6-Cool Jack (4-1)-Leaning towards the 3rd morning line chalk who comes off a nice win in 4th start of the year. There isn't much gate speed inside so Cushing should get a good early seat and can put Jack into striking range.

Race 2

2-Wicked Nick (4-1)-Makes 3rd start of 2020 and showed improvement last week. Usually is in the mix at this level and can make the most of an inside post draw.
5-Weekend Wit Bigd (5/2)-Has won over 25% of starts at Stga and has been in the hunt. Fell victim to a slower pace in last from the 7-hole. May be able to get a good early seat and this race could set-up for a nice brush to roll by down the lane.
7-Jeter's Way (6-1)-Beckwith returns and expecting an aggressive steer. Was used hard in last from the 7-hole to get on the engine and almost lasted. Taking a swing and can pop at a nice price to pick-up 1st picture of the year.

Early Daily Double

$5 Double-6/2,5,7
Total Bet=$15

Race 11-Open Handicap Trot-Purse $16,050

4-Mister Muscle (8/5)-Program favorite looks the part and has had success versus Open company. Has the gate speed to get the lead and not look back. A major threat and probably an odds-on choice.
5-Mr Cool Seaeyre N (9/2)-Usually doesn't seal the deal at this level but will use and this field isn't very deep. Could get the 2-hole and follow #4 around the oval. 8-year-old knows how to win and could trip out if finds a pocket ride.
6-Justice Jet (8-1)-Here's another veteran and Jet has put over $600k in the bank. If pace is hot Gray may put in striking range and add some juice to the exacta.

$12 Exacta 4/5, $5 Exacta 5/4, $5 Exacta 4/6
Total Bet=$22

Race 12

2-Brad's Buddy (8/5)-Will likely go off as the odds-on chalk again and unless it's an off night it should be the 4th straight picture.

Race 13

1-All That Dazzle (4-1)-Looking for a different version of this mare than last 2 starts which were from the 7 and 8 post. Cross should keep her near the top of the stack and be in the hunt at the wire.
5-Kennel Buddy (6-1)-Even effort in 1st start since 11-26. Seldom wins but others are no different. Did keep trotting in a needed start in a race with a quicker fractions and should be a good price.

Late Daily Double

$10 Double 2/1,5
Total Bet=$20

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