Donato’s Saratoga selections for Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021


The Mahony Stakes is scheduled to be a 5 1/2 furlong sprint on the turf, and it features an even field of proven 3-year-olds. Among the contenders, the entrant that stands out is Jaxon Traveler (5-2).

The Steve Asmussen-trainee makes his second start on turf following a third-place finish in the Grade III Quick Call Stakes at Saratoga on July 15, where he responded well to coaxing, but was outrun by the heavy favorite Golden Pal. A second chance on the turf, as well as a more familiar run at Saratoga, should produce an even better performance. He had been impressive on dirt in his seven races prior to the switch, so one would not be surprised to see him move back if things do not work out in this race.

Arrest Me Red (9-2) has been on the shelf since December 2020, but prior to that layoff, he picked up a good win at Aqueduct in similar conditions to this race. His workouts have been sharp leading in to this race, suggesting he is ready to resume where he left off, and a close like his November run would put him right in the mix.

Into the Sunrise (7-2) turned it on for the Dade Park Dash Overnight Stakes at Ellis Park on the Fourth of July, putting up a career high speed rating in the win. The race was an outlier for the gelding in terms of his finish and speed at 5 1/2 furlongs, and it could be that he was up to the challenge posed by Unitedandresolute. It could also be that he is trending in the right direction based off his last two wins. A competitive race in the Mahony should stand to answer some of those questions.

If the race moves to the main track, Fire Sword (5-2) is the most proven dirt runner aside from Jaxon Traveler. He would get the edge in a dirt race only because Jaxon Traveler is training toward turf, whereas Fire Sword is training exclusively for dirt.

The best value on the card belongs to Alydiva (10-1) in the seventh race, assuming that race stays on the turf. She connects again with jockey Tyler Gaffalione, with whom she broke her Maiden in May. She closed well in each of her last two races and stretches out to nine furlongs in this one, giving her more time to display her closing speed.

Wednesday’s best bet is Clever Fellow (6-5) in the 10th race. The Chad Brown-trainee has been knocking on the door of his first win for five races, and has demonstrated the speed required for a race like this one. He was caught in his last race, but there does not appear to be another entrant who will be able to do it in this race.

5-Castle Leoch, 1-Labarde, 7-Admiral Halsey, 6-Munny Bolt.

1-Extra Effort, 7-Bustin Bay, 2-Addilyn, 4-Flower’s Fortune.

2-Mr. Buff, 3-Sea Foam, 4-Three Jokers, 5-Winston’s Chance.

8-Too Sexy, 4-Gotta Go Mo, 7-Tiple, 2-Tass (5-True Castle becomes the top pick if the race is moved to the main track).

1-Tivoli Twirl, 4-Blitz to Win, 6-Lucky Brody, 5-My Brother Neil.

5-Bonkers, 3-Ms Penelopepitstop, 8-Adele Kat, 2-Shining Colors.

12-Alydiva, 3-Lisheen, 7-Elle Est Forte, 11-Town Avenger, (5-Misty Veil becomes the top pick if the race is moved to the main track).

2-Betsy Blue, 6-Honey Money, 3-Diva Banker, 4-Trinni Luck.

4-Jaxon Traveler, 8-Arrest Me Red, 1-Into the Sunrise, 7-Momos (5-Fire Sword becomes the top pick if the race moves to the main track).

4-Clever Fellow, 10-Viking Zim, 8-Ghostmon, 6-Brewpub.

Shaker Shack (first), Kressa La Wrote (third), Regal Glory (seventh).

Record for meet: 55 for 192.

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