Donato’s Saratoga selections for Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021


The Summer Colony Stakes is the feature race on Sunday and presents itself initially as an “anyone’s guess” affair with four of the six entrants on the morning line at below 4-1. Each of those is a recent graded stakes runner and has demonstrated more than enough speed to take the Summer Colony in an average year. This race has the potential to bring out the best in its contenders and it should be an exciting viewing.

Gold Spirit (5-2) spent the majority of her career racing at Hipódromo, Chile, netting a pair of Grade I races in the fall of 2020. She debuted in America in the Grade III Shuvee Stakes, putting up a good time and a more competitive run than the fourth-place finish out of six entrants suggests. She adds blinkers for this race, and it can be expected that her second time around this track should be even better than her first.

Dunbar Road (5-2) disappointed with a lack of response at the end of the Shuvee. She finished about a length and a half behind Gold Spirit in that race, and more was expected of her. She still has the best recent Brisnet speed rating of all the entrants, hitting 105 in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. She should not be counted out here.

Horologist (2-1) finished second in the Shuvee after leading most of the race. She was still driving, but was caught by Royal Flag in that race. She has not been as consistent over the rest of her 2021 campaign, so there is likely a bit of a recent bias with her.

Gibberish (7-2) ran very well when asked to stretch out to 1 1/4 miles in her last race. She scales back a bit here, so she may still be sighting in her optimal distance, but one should still expect her to be in the mix.

Sunday’s best bet is Penny Saver (8-5) in the second race. She was slow to start her last race and fought back well, getting close out of the far turn before running out of steam. A more steady run should be anticipated today. She retains jockey Jose Ortiz for her second go-around at the Spa.

The best value is expected to be with Bronzed (6-1) in the third race. The gelding has not run competitively since August 2019, but had been a solid sprinter that year. He returns with new jockey Tyler Gaffalione to potentially pick up where he left off. If he has maintained his edge, he could be a smart play.

3-Time For Cupid, 5-Four Dawn, 2-Saffron Moon, 4-Dover.

5-Miss You Ella, 6-Madamoussepousse, 3-Fortineno, 1-Highly Valued, (4-Penny Saver becomes the top pick if the race is moved to the main track).

2-Bronzed, 3-Storm Advisory, 5-Strolling, 4-Clench.

8-Lilly Simone, 2-Jades Gelly, 1-Corey Scores, 4-Mopolka (6-Shesadirtydancer becomes the top pick if the race is moved to the main track).

1-Miss Peppina, 8-Quantitativebreezin, 3-Cazilda Fortytales, 6-Sister’s Ghost.

3-Shanghai Shamrock, 2-Opening Night, 4-Lady Milagro, 5-Amore Fire.

3-Mud Pie, 1-Rhythm Section, 5-Box N Score, 6-Exult (8-Angkor becomes the top pick if the race is moved to the main track).

2-Lyrical Poet, 8-Montauk Daddy, 7-Qian B C, 3-Ahead of Plan (14-Fast Break becomes the top pick if the race is moved to the main track).

6-Gold Spirit, 3-Dunbar Road, 2-Horologist, 4-Gibberish.

10-Bail Out, 6-Boldish, 8-Voter Projection, 4-Leading West, (16-Rudy Rod becomes the top pick if the race is moved to the main track).

Zainalarab (second), Tiergan (fifth), Identity Politics (eighth), Technical Analysis (ninth), Malathaat (tenth), Perfect Grace (eleventh).

Record for meet: 87 for 284.

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