Best bets from Saratoga on Saturday

Nick Shiambouros returns to Saratoga with two selections from the outstanding Saturday card…

Take the Lady

Race 3 17:53 Saratoga – Magnolia’s Lady

Magnolia’s Lady should go close in this interesting State bred allowance race on the turf.

This well related filly put in a much-improved effort when winning a State bred maiden over this course in July. She took the lead inside the final furlong and stayed on strongly for a decisive score. She has a bit to find with a couple of these, but is open to significant improvement. She has tactical speed so should be able to take a stalking position just behind the leaders before delivering her challenge in the straight. Trainer Linda Rice has had a solid meeting with 14 winners and a respectable 18% strike rate. I advise backing her at BSP.

Tacitus for Grade 1 glory

Race 11 22:30 Saratoga – Tacitus

Tacitus can finally win a Grade 1 by taking this historic race on the main track.

The Woodward is one of the premier races in the calendar run over the Derby distance of a mile and a quarter. In truth Tacitus has been a frustrating character over the past year having been placed in three times in Grade 1 company without winning.


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Date Course/Class Pos Type Dist. Gng. HDGR WGT Jockey BSP
04/07/20 Belmont Park 1/6 Flat 1m 2f Fast B 8st 10lbs John R. Velazquez
02/05/20 Oaklawn Park 4/13 Flat 1m 1f Fast 8st 9lbs John R. Velazquez
29/02/20 King Abdulaziz 5/14 Flat 1m 209y Fast 9st 0lbs Jose Lezcano
28/09/19 Belmont Park 3/5 Flat 1m 2f Fast B 8st 10lbs Jose L. Ortiz
24/08/19 Saratoga 2/12 Flat 1m 2f Fast B 9st 0lbs Jose L. Ortiz
27/07/19 Saratoga 2/6 Flat 1m 1f Fast 8st 10lbs Jose L. Ortiz
08/06/19 Belmont Park 2/10 Flat 1m 4f Fast 9st 0lbs Jose L. Ortiz
04/05/19 Churchill Downs 3/19 Flat 1m 2f Slow 9st 0lbs Jose L. Ortiz
06/04/19 Aqueduct 1/11 Flat 1m 1f Fast 8st 11lbs Jose L. Ortiz
09/03/19 Tampa Bay 1/11 Flat 1m 110y Fast 8st 5lbs Jose L. Ortiz
10/11/18 Aqueduct 1/7 Flat 1m Std 8st 7lbs Jose L. Ortiz
04/10/18 Belmont Park 4/8 Flat 1m 110y Fast 8st 7lbs Jose L. Ortiz

On his latest start in the Grade 2 Suburban at Belmont he demolished a quality field without being seriously asked. He was forwardly placed throughout, and pulled clear in the straight to win easily. He looks like the horse to beat and recommend backing him at BSP as he may drift a little in the market.