Dan's Double: A Longshot and a Fave at the Spa

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Saturday, August 12

Saratoga Race Course, Race 9, 5:50 p.m. ET

#4 Spartiatis: We’ll start off with a price this week. Spartiatis has been in against a lot tougher of late. When last seen at the allowance optional claiming level earlier this year, he won. The other positive here is that there is a bunch of speed signed up and, on his best day, Spartiatis is usually moving late.

$10 Budget

$2 win, place and show #4 Spartiatis ($6)

$2 exacta box 4,7 ($4)

$25 Budget

$4 win, place and show #4 Spartiatis ($12)

$2 exacta box 1,4,7 ($12)

$50 Budget

$8 win, place and show #4 Spartiatis ($24)

$1 exacta key box 4 with all ($18)

$1 exacta 4,7 with 1,3,4,7,8 ($8)

Saratoga Race Course, Race 10, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap, 6:28 p.m. ET

#3 Time Test: We’ve been trying to beat the favorites the past few weeks and that hasn’t done much for us. Safe to expect that Time Test will be a well-backed favorite here and we’ll go ahead and back him. He’s run two bang-up races since shipping over from England for Juddmonte Farms. Trainer Chad Brown had him ready to fire in both the Fort Marcy and in the Manhattan. He was simply beaten by horses who ran peak performances in both races, but Time Test did have excuses last out when he was outfinished by Ascend. This is a multiple Group 2 and Group 3 winner in England – he’ll break through here.

$10 Budget

$5 to win on #3 Time Test ($5)

$5 exacta 3 with 6 ($5)

$25 Budget

$10 to win on #3 Time Test ($10)

$5 exacta box 3,6 ($10)

$5 trifecta 3 over 6 over 1 ($5)

$50 Budget 

$20 to win on #3 Time Test ($20)

$10 exacta box 3,6 ($20)

$5 trifecta key 3 over 1,6 ($10)

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