Dan's Double: Saratoga Stakes Plays

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Saturday, Sept. 1

Saratoga Race Course, Race 9, $200,000 Saranac Stakes 

#2 March to the Arch: Hoping this one is coasting a little under the radar on the ship-in from Woodbine for Mark Casse, who hasn’t had the most memorable Saratoga meet. March to the Arch comes out of a win in the Toronto Cup which saw him put away next-out Breeders’ Stakes winner Neepawa, as well as Rose’s Vision who took down the Better Talk Now Stakes at Saratoga earlier this week. There’s speed to the inside with #1 Up the Ante and he should get some pressure from #5 Sand Dancer. March to the Arch should enjoy a nice ground-saving trip and show the kind of turn of foot that’s propelled to two consecutive impressive scores.

$10 Budget
$5 win and place on #2 March to the Arch ($10)

$25 Budget
$5 win, place and show on #2 March to the Arch ($15)
$1 exacta key box 2 over 1,3,4,8 ($8)

$50 Budget
$10 win, place, and show on #2 March to the Arch ($30)
$1 exacta key box 2 over 1,3,4,8,9  ($10)
$t trifecta 2,3 with 2,3 with 1,4,5,8,9 ($10)

Saratoga Race Course, Race 10, $350,000 Spinaway Stakes

#3 Virginia Eloise: After a blowout win on debut, this filly came back to finish a nice second in the Grade 2 Adirondack last out. It wasn’t so much that she flew late to finish second, it’s that Virginia Eloise ran so greenly earlier in the race and looked like she was entirely out of it. With another race under her belt and a tad more distance, she should be a lot better off. The main challenger here will be #7 Chasing Yesterday. She’s American Pharoah’s half-sister, she won by four lengths on debut at Del Mar, and she’s piloted by Mike Smith who flies in for this ride and the mount on Rally Cry in the Woodward. If she runs like she did at first asking, she may be tough to pass.

$10 Budget
$5 to win on #3 Virginia Eloise ($5)
$2 exacta box 3,7 ($4)

$25 Budget
$5 to win on #3 Virginia Eloise ($5)
$2 exacta box 3,7 ($4)
$1 trifecta 3,7 with 3,7,11,12 with 3,7,11,12 ($12)
$1 exacta 11,12 over 3,11,12 ($4)

$50 Budget
$10 to win on #3 Virginia Eloise ($10)
$5 exacta box 3,7 ($10)
$2 trifecta 3,7 with 3,7,11,12 with 3,7,11,12 ($24)
$1 exacta 11,12 over 3,7,11,12 ($6)

YTD BANKROLL: -$1,286.30

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