Donato’s Saratoga selections for Friday, July 16, 2021


Today’s card is highlighted in the ninth race by the Grade III Forbidden Apple Stakes, run on the inner turf over one mile, and this race may come down to two horses taking seemingly opposite approaches to the race.

Value Proposition (5-2) is returning to his comfort zone, while Corelli (10-1) is looking to change things up.

Value Proposition has been at his best running one mile on turf, hitting both of his triple-digit Beyer speed ratings at that distance and collecting a pair of wins. He has also raced well under jockey Irad Ortiz Jr., adding a pair of wins during four races together. Value Proposition rides with both distance and rider together for the first time since the Grade III Poker Stakes on July 4 last year at Belmont, where he battled through an outside draw and heavy traffic in the stretch for a gutsy third-place finish. The ride can be expected to be smoother this time around.

Corelli will be running his shortest distance since moving stateside and for the first time with jockey Manuel Franco. Following a series of longer routes, Corelli broke through with a win at 1 1/16th miles in the Henry S. Clark Stakes at Pimlico. An added half-furlong in his next race did not prove better, so trainer Jonathan Thomas will see if he can turn it back around at a shorter distance. A proven closer, if the race starts slow, Corelli should have his chance.

Sacred Life (3-1) often has a nose for the front of the pack without finishing as the leader. He seems a solid candidate to round out an exotic bet.

First Race

2-Mihos, 5- Shashashakemeup, 4-Gun It, Coupled Entry (1- Girolamo’s Attack and 1A-Smooth B).

Second Race

8-Quick Return, 3-Arms an Armor, 4-Brew Pub, 6-Clear Humor.

Third Race

6-Chocolate Cookie, 3-Timeless Journey, 7-Classic Colors, Light in the Sky.

Fourth Race

7-Angelou, 1-Ballacolla, 5-Flaming Rouge, 8-Lisheen.

Fifth Race

6-Seeds of Time, 9-Pecan Pattie, Potts Entry (1-Violent Trick and 1A-Viradia), 5-Absolute Love.

Sixth Race

7-November Rein, 4-Kant Hurry Love, 5-Tough Street, 2-Let Her Inspire You.

Seventh Race

4-Miner’s Queen, 5-Spin a Yarn, 10-Rivendell, 3-Mumbai (1- Amendment Nineteen is top pick if moved to main track).

Eighth Race

8-Patty H, 6-Easy to Bless, 2-Kandy Ginger, 5-Malibu Luna.

Ninth Race

3-Value Proposition, 2-Corelli, 9-Sacred Life, 4-Therapist.

Tenth Race

9-Fancy Feline, 6-Uncle’s Gem, 4-U Should Be Dancing, 1-Baudi Moovan.


Golden Pal (eighth).

Record for meet: 1 for 10.

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