Donato’s Saratoga selections for Friday, Aug. 27, 2021


The Friday card is packed with races that could be considered the feature, with six of the 11 listed races being ungraded stakes. However, the highest purse and the best bet of the day, Americanrevolution (9-5), can both be found in the ninth race, the Albany Stakes.

Americanrevolution has proven to be an adept pacer during his 2021 campaign. He broke his maiden at Belmont in a six furlong sprint, then followed it up with a 7 1/4-length victory in a non-graded stakes race at Finger Lakes in July at 1 1/16 miles. Adding another half-furlong only gives the Todd Pletcher-trained colt more room to run, and that much more potential to add another win for meet-leading jockey Luis Saez.

Americanrevolution’s top competition is expected to be Bobby Bo (2-1), himself a 6 1/4-length winner in his last outing. Bobby Bo would have to make a class leap similar to that of Americanrevolution’s last race, and do so running for the first time on the East Coast. He has demonstrated the speed to do just that, but it is still a big ask.

Joey Loose Lips (12-1) has run once at each of the main New York tracks, with his fastest effort being his most recent at Saratoga on Aug. 5. The gelding gets a second look at the track and retains jockey Irad Ortiz for this run. He has the potential to net another top-3 finish for trainer Michelle Giangiulio, whose trainees have yet to finish outside of the money this meet, going into Friday at 4-1-1-2.

Our Man Mike (12-1) has a deceptive record at 8-1-2-3. His only run outside of the money since his debut was his one try on turf. He has not demonstrated the speed to top either Americanrevolution or Bobby Bo, but based on his history, he should be found near that next group at the finish line.

Though Americanrevolution is the best bet on the card, another top pick is Miss Alacrity (7-5) in the second race, the Seeking The Ante Stakes. The filly has dominated her first two races, including the Colleen Stakes at Monmouth Park on August 1. She moves back to jockey John Velazquez, with whom she won by 10 lengths in her debut at Belmont. Other contenders in the Seeking The Ante have demonstrated winning speed, but none have done so at the stakes level.

There are pair of solid value picks among what otherwise looks like a fairly chalk card. Mo Ready (6-1) has been a little hit-or-miss in his last few outings, but has been doing so under an inconsistent race schedule with frequent missed time between races. He has a chance for more of a routine with his second race at Saratoga this month. He ran very well in his previous race, a second place finish at nine furlongs, and he has the potential to improve upon that run.

Chocolate Cookie (6-1) will be appearing for the third time this meet in the 10th race. Both of her other finishes were in the money, but had troubled starts. A good break could lead to the breakout some have expected of her in her previous two starts.

4-Surprise Boss, 10-Open Til Midnight, 8-Miracle Nicky, 9-Stop The Spread.

1-Miss Alacrity, 2-Laoban’s Legacy, 3-November Rein, 6-Velvet Sister.

7-Barrage, 4-Sandro The Great, 2-Umbria, 9-King Moonracer.

5-Montebello, 8-Daufuskie Island, 6-Bourbon’s Hope, 2-Happy Happy B.

7-Caumsett, 3-No Payne, 5-Baudi Moovan, 12-Mill Stone Creek (11-I’m Perfect Too becomes the top pick if the race is moved to the main track).

7-I’m Fine, 8-Bustin Bay, 3-Jamaica Joy, 5-My Girl Annie.

1-Betsy Blue, 9-Make Mischief, 8-Coffee Bar, 2-Pay Grade.

2-Rinaldi, 8-Mo Ready, 7-City Man, 3-Graded on a Curve.

2-Americanrevolution, 5-Bobby Bo, 7-Joey Loose Lips, 8-Our Man Mike.

3-Myhartbelongstodaddy, 6-Chocolate Cookie, 2-Classic Lady, 9-Dancing Kiki.

5-Tackle, 8-Fast Gordon, 12-Brennan’s War, 9-High Tone.

Keepcalmcarryon (fifth), Rastafara (ninth).

Record for meet: 90 for 314.

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