Donato’s Saratoga selections for Wednesday, July 21, 2021


The featured race for Wednesday is the Rick Violette Stakes run on the dirt over six furlongs, and despite this being a short sprint race, it will be the longest for any of the competitors as none have raced more than 5 1/2 furlongs previously.

Other than the distance, the other universal unknown for these entrants will be the weather, which, as of this writing, looks to muddy the track by race time. Run Curtis Run (7-2) has proven himself in these conditions, however, winning his debut on a sloppy track at Belmont about three weeks ago on July 2. In that race, he battled and overcame Surprise Boss (10-1) by a neck in a race that saw the pair within a half-length of each other at each call. He had a stellar workout his last time out and stands as the horse to beat if the conditions are less than ideal.

Surprise Boss appears an undervalued pick considering his most recent performance. He finished well behind Coinage (5-2) in his debut, but his performance against Run Curtis Run suggests he can compete with this group, especially if the weather is bad.

Coinage could not keep up with Barese (2-1) early in his debut race, but, like Surprise Boss, has shown improvement in the interim. He won the aforementioned race over Surprise Boss in his last outing and has clocked well in workouts. He is trending upwards. If the track stays dry, he may be the better play.

Barese won a well-run debut at Belmont in May, but has held off a follow-up until now. With Irad Ortiz Jr. up, there is no reason he cannot repeat, but his potential price-point has me looking elsewhere.

Ready A. P. (9-5) is the lone filly in the race, coming off an eight-length win in her debut at the beginning of the month. Her speed figure in that race was close, but doesn’t quite match the rest of the entrants. However, with the right ride she could find herself in a good position to close.   

First Race: 3-The Mean Queen, 1-The Happy Giant, 4-Fast Car, 6-A Silent Prayer.

Second Race: 4-Democratic Values, 6-Copa, 5-Mission Wrapitup, 3-Frosted Indian.

Third Race: Brown Entry (1-Coalition Building, 1A-Federalist Papers), 9-Evvie Jets, 2-Wow, 3-Ignition Key.

Fourth Race: 1-Run Curtis Run, 4-Surprise Boss, 3-Coinage, 2-Barese.

Fifth Race: 7-Raffinity, 3-Blind Sight, 6-Madame Rose, 4-Live in Five.

Sixth Race: 6-Let’s Be Clear, 10-Take the Backroads, 9-Next Tuesday, 13-Mystic Eyes.

Seventh Race: 7-Absam, 9-Prefect, 10-Win d’Oro, 4-Justintimeforwine.

Eighth Race: 12-Fast Getaway, Coupled Entry (1-Discretionary Marq and 1A-Bronx Bomber), 10-Three Outlaws, 6-Shiraz (Coupled Entry 1-Discretionary Marq and 1A-Bronx Bomber) becomes top pick if the race is moved to the main track).

Ninth Race: 2-Forza Di Oro, 7-American Dubai, 3-Highest Honors, 1-West Will Power.

Tenth Race: 9-Distractandattack, 10-Tempesta, 4-Fast Gordon, 2-Perfect Banker.

Sunday’s winners: Breakfastatbonnies (third), Misty Veil (fourth), Free Enterprise (sixth), Awesome Debate (eighth), Goin’ Good (ninth).

Record for meet: 13 for 41.

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