Donato’s Saratoga selections for Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021


Wednesday’s feature is the Grade III With Anticipation Stakes, run at 1 1/16 miles over the inner turf. It will be the first stakes win, graded or not, for whichever entrant crosses the finish line first.

Both of the expected contenders are coming off impressive wins in their debut races. Portfolio Company (8-5) was well-bet in his debut, and lived up to those expectations by pressing early, grabbing the lead in the stretch and holding off a surging James Aloysius. It was not a fast showing, but it did not need to be. Portfolio Company was the clear best, and responded quickly initially. It would be great to see him able to be hand ridden with the lead, but that may come in time.

Limited Liability (7-5) was 2/10ths of a second faster than Portfolio Company in his 1 1/16-mile debut at Saratoga and won by a greater margin in a race with the same class rating. However, the feeling is that Portfolio Company still has something to show that we have not seen, while Limited Liability ran closer to what one would expect from him in a good race. Value is most often found when expecting a change in consistency, so for this race, it may be best to rely on Portfolio Company’s potential over Limited Liability’s debut form.

Gooch Go Bragh (4-1) finished second in his only race, but was fast enough at this distance and surface to run himself into the conversation fir the two favorites. He was bumped at the start in that race, but recovered we and was gaining on the leader as they finished the race. A better start in this one could result in a very different run. Like Portfolio Company, it does not appear we have seen the best of Gooch Go Bragh.

Coinage (6-1) has been bet down to the favorite in two of his last three races, and went off better than 2-1 in his debut. He has not been as consistent as the backing would suggest, but gets a new look with a move to a route distance. His breeding suggests he will be comfortable at 1 1/16 miles, and he has the potential to surprise.

Wednesday’s best bet is Mubarmaj (3-5), who rides a two-race win streak into the second race. He drops in class, and his recent Brisnet speed ratings are far ahead of the rest of the field. He has the potential to wire the field as the race is set up.

The best value on the card belongs to Booby Trap (8-1), a converted steeplechaser, in the first race. This will be his third straight race over the gates after 22 previous races, and following a difficult debut which he did not complete, he won his follow-up clear at 2 miles. His finish suggests that the additional three furlongs should not be an issue.

7-Prayer Hope, 2-Booby Trap, 6-Glencorrib Sky, 4-Perfect Tapatino.

2-Mubarmaj, Schettino Entry (1-Playwright and 1A-Legit), 4-Flowers For Lisa, 3-Grit and Glory.

6-Sweet Surprise, 2-Next Tuesday, 8-Still My Babe, 9-Miracle Mischief (12-Stormy Stella becomes the top pick if the race is moved to the main track).

4-Sun Summers, 6-In A Hurry, 8-Clara Peters, 2-Tass (1-Ice Princess becomes the top pick if the race is moved to the main track).

7-JohnnyPump, 5-Lokoya Road, 3-Breaking Stones, 2-Speed Effect.

6-Big Little Risk, 2-Brew Pub, 4-Flipping Fun, 9-Freudian Fate.

1-Jill’s A Hot Mess, 9-Social Whirl, 12-Highway Queen, 2-Athena Dancer (16-Beautiful Karen becomes the top pick if the race is moved to the main track).

6-Vindictive, 3-Runnin’ Ray, 4-Texas Swing, Maker Entry (1-Mr. Tip and 1A-First Line).

4-Portfolio Company, 1-Limited Liability, 3-Gooch Go Bragh, 6-Coinage.

1-Acushla, 10-La Victoria, 9-Vivazano, 12-Lady Thornhill (10-La Victoria becomes the top pick if the race is moved to the main track).

Moonachie (first), Montauk Daddy (seventh), Beau Liam (eighth), Sifting Sands (ninth).

Record for meet: 103 for 348.

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