Donato’s Saratoga selections for Friday, Aug. 7

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No other entrant starts Friday’s six-furlong Grade II Saratoga Special Stakes, run over the dirt in the ninth race, with the same potent combination of recent success and pedigree displayed by Cazadero (5-2).

The 2-year-old son of Street Sense enters his first race since his 4 3/4-length victory in the Grade III Bashford Manor stakes, run at the same distance and surface as today’s race. No other entrant has a stakes win to their name.

One threat to Cazadero’s young perfect record could be Hold the Salsa (20-1), who made up a lot of ground to break his maiden at first asking last month as a long shot. Hold the Salsa has since put up a good workout, suggesting his first time out may not have been a fluke.

Hold the Salsa still comes with the expected question marks of any long shot, but he has shown that he can compete at this level. Now we will see if he can do it consistently.

  • FIRST RACE: 4-Diannesimpazible, 8-Selfmade, 7-Petrus, 1-Klickitat.
  • SECOND RACE: 7-Lookin For Trouble, 6-Cotton, 4-Sandor Clegane, 1-Cobra Kai.
  • THIRD RACE: 6-Sun Summers, 9-Bean Counter, 2-Music Of Life, 8-Cape Cod Diva.
  • FOURTH RACE: 4-Kemba, 5-Halo City, 2-Cherokee Song, 7-Baseline Drive.
  • FIFTH RACE: 3-Fair Regis, 2-Honor Way, 6-Jennemily, 4-Kept True.
  • SIXTH RACE: 7-Mad Maddy, 5-Royal Approval, 11-Steal My Sunshine, 3-Tappingintosuccess.
  • SEVENTH RACE: 3-Archumybaby, 9-Keep Your Distance, 1-Lady By Choice, 7-Mo Flash.
  • EIGHTH RACE: 1-Silky Blue, 7-Jen’s Battle, 8-Amos, 9-Freddymo Factor.
  • NINTH RACE: 6-Cazadero, 2-Hold The Salsa, 10-Jackie’s Warrior, 9-Therideofalifetime.
  • TENTH RACE: 4-Tesorina, 5-Dipping In, 7-Morality Clause, 1-Jasminesque.

THURSDAY’S WINNERS

Macho Jack (first), Keota (second), Star of the West (third), Hungry Kitten (seventh).

Record for meet: 40-for-162.

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