Saratoga County

Donato’s Saratoga selections for Saturday, Aug. 22

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The Grade I Fourstardave Handicap will be run Saturday at a mile on turf, and those are the exact specifications under which Uni (3-1) thrives.

Uni may as well operate under the motto “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” as the mare has exclusively competed in a mile stakes races on turf since April 2018. Over that time, she has accumulated seven wins and three shows over nine races, five of them at the Grade I class. One of the mares who got the better of her over that stretch is Got Stormy (8-1) in last year’s running of the Fourstardave.

Uni’s regular jockey, Joel Rosario, is also Raging Bull’s (5-2) rider during the horse’s most recent series of races, and he will stick with Raging Bull today. Both thoroughbreds are trained by Chad Brown, who has the monopoly of entrants Saturday. He also trains Valid Point (12-1) and Without Parole (4-1).

Brown’s trainees have run 208 1-mile turf races at Saratoga since 2013, and of those, 39 have won for an 18.75% win rate. Although in many of those races, like Saturday, they were competing against each other.

  • FIRST RACE: 2-Explain, 1-Foliage, 5-Takeaway, 8-Honorable.
  • SECOND RACE: 4-Airtouch, 5-Beach Front, 2-Macho Jack, 3-Kilmarknock.
  • THIRD RACE: 5-French Reef, 4-Blindwillie McTell, 1-Fast Getaway, 7-American Mandate.
  • FOURTH RACE: 3-Super Dude, 6-Heavy Roller, 1-Thebigfundamental, 2-Chief Know It All.
  • FIFTH RACE: 6-Nautilus, 3-Sifting Sands, 8-Winfromwithin, 12-Mo Mischief.
  • SIXTH RACE: 4-Central Exit, 5-Love Me Tomorrow, 2-Smokin Hot Kiss, 1-Flattering Eyes.
  • SEVENTH RACE: 7-Lonesome Fugitive, 1-Turn Of Events, 1A-Doubly Blessed, 8-Kingmeister.
  • EIGHTH RACE: 2-Growth Engine, 3-Sea Foam, 1A-Legit, 1-Blewitt.
  • NINTH RACE: 6-Uni, 1-Raging Bull, 7-Valid Point, 4-Got Stormy.
  • TENTH RACE: 9-Rakeez, 10-Starship Bubba, 3-Catorat, 5-Battalion.

FRIDAY’S WINNER

Ashiham (second).

Record for meet: 62-for-272.

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