Donato’s Saratoga selections for Sunday, Aug. 2

Moretti the choice in the Birdstone Stakes
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The featured race Sunday is the Birdstone Stakes, run over a staggering 1 3/4 miles on the main track. Only two of the seven entrants have ever competed over such distance, so fans will stand to gain good new insight into the abilities of the field.

Moretti (8-5) enters as both the favorite and the youngest entrant. At 4 years old, he is one of two colts in the race, along with Standard Deviation (4-1). Moretti has never raced longer than 1 3/8 miles, but the distance he has put on his competition in the stretch in each of his last three races suggest that he will still have something in the tank this time out. His most recent run came in the Grade II Suburban Stakes on the fourth of July, where he made up ground on everyone except the dominant Tacitus in the close of the race.

Moretti is trained by Todd Pletcher, who has sent out six starters at Sunday’s distance at Saratoga since 2013, producing two wins and two places. He also removes blinkers for the first time since February.

  • FIRST RACE: 1-Guana Cay, 3-Mrs Frankel, 4-Uyuni, 7-Delaware Destiny.
  • SECOND RACE: 7-Walkoff, 4-Shadow Rider, 2-Mills, 5-Curlin Grey.
  • THIRD RACE: 1A-Tide Of The Sea, 5-Mr. Alec, 4-Bluegrass Parkway, 2-Shore Magic.
  • FOURTH RACE: 7-Kilmarknock, 9-Dreamofasamurai, 3-Long Island City, 8-Bank Gala.
  • FIFTH RACE: 7-Unleveraged, 5-War Film, 2-Ian Glass, 1A-Bad Guy.
  • SIXTH RACE: 2-Spun D’Etat, 9-Beautiful Farewell, 8-Right To Freedom, 4-Mo Dean.
  • SEVENTH RACE: 2-Dowse’s Beach, 3-Field Of Courage, 8-Kitten’s Cat, 9-Square Shooter.
  • EIGHTH RACE: 11-Fort Worth, 6-Gandy Dancing, 8-Harris Bay, 5-Wushu Warrior.
  • NINTH RACE: 6-Moretti, 3-Expert, 1-Standard Deviation, 4-Rocketry.
  • TENTH RACE: 3-Buona Fina, 1-Striking Speed, 9-Height, 8-Double Advantage.

SATURDAY’S WINNERS

Regal Speaker (third), Everfast (sixth).

Record for meet: 30-for-134.

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