Donato’s Saratoga selections for Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021


The penultimate day of racing gives fans the 130th running of the Grade I Spinaway Stakes, a seven furlong sprint over the dirt for some promising 2-year-olds. A win here will be a good potential look for the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Fillies, which was won last year by the 2020 Spinaway Stakes winner, Vequist.

Of those entered, the filly coming in with the most momentum is Echo Zulu (8-5). Her last race was her debut, a $100,000 maiden special weight run at Saratoga on July 15. Against a highly-rated class of sprinters, Echo Zulu cruised to the finish, winning clear by 5 1/2 lengths. The third-place finisher in that race, Outfoxed, went on to be bet down to the favorite and win the FTBOA Florida Sire Susan’s Girl Stakes at Gulfstream, dominating the field on her way to a 13 1/2-length win over seven furlongs. The Spinaway is overloaded with runners who prefer an early lead, and Echo Zulu fits into that category, so it will be important to see how she handles the first third of the race, but with her talent, one should be confident in her ability to get it done.

Dream Lith (6-1) was another debut winner with a $100,000 purse at Saratoga, and though she edged clear, it was not the same convincing performance as that of Echo Zulu. Dream Lith’s speed rating in her debut was second in the field only to Echo Zulu, so there is a little promise there that she can take another step up.

Pretty Birdie (3-1) is one of only two in this field with more than one race under her belt, and that race happens to be a graded stakes win. The Norm Casse-trainee has led at every call of her two races, including the Grade III Schuylerville Stakes, which she won on the meet’s opening day. A win here would form a nice near-bookend to the meet, but based on her first two starts, she may need a bit more stamina to close with the extra furlong. She’s had a few really good workouts this month, so she should be in top form to try.

Girl With a Dream (6-1) was heavily bet in her debut against a lower class of maidens than some of the other competitors, but she won handily by 6 3/4 lengths over five furlongs. She’ll be tested by the added distance, but her trainer, Brad Cox, wins far above average in these types of races, and jockey Florent Geroux has flown in to retain his mount with Girl With A Dream.

The best bet Sunday is Coalition Building (6-5) in the third race. She has been bet below 2-1 in each of her last four races, and finished close to the winner and in the money in three of them. This will be the smallest purse she has run for since January and it feels like this entry is just to break her out of the division and into some bigger races.

The top value pick on the card is Kemba (6-1) in the ninth race. She has picked up her speed in her last two races and has finished in the money in five of her last seven. She picks up the meet’s leading jockey Luis Saez for their first run together.

6-Speedometer, 7-Hope Over Fear, 3-Love To Run, 4-Sweet Lady Ivanka.

6-Little Dutch Girl, 9-Lucky Latkes, 8-Khali Magic, 10-Courted (2-Hollywood Gina becomes the top pick if the race is moved to the main track).

7-Coalition Building, 10-Closertotheheart, 8-Checksandbalances, 4-Never Content.

1-Spin a Yarn, 2-Jades Gelly, 3-Glass Ceiling, 5-Lady Traveler.

8-Thisladyis The Law, Coupled Entry (1-Milestone Payment and 1-A Party Line Vote), 5-Imwaytoocoolforyou, 9-Thismightbetheone.

9-Clever Fellow, 4-Eternal Summer, 10-Risk Manager, 5-Actuary (14-Ajaaweed becomes the top pick if the race is moved to the main track).

1-Classic Lynne, 2-Classy Edition, 4-N Y Fancy, 6-Summer Snow.

3-Jester Calls Nojoy, 8-Armani’s Image, 4-Texian, 2-Malibu Kendall.

7-Kemba, 12-Lucy’s Cakes Fly, 1-Command Point, 2-Baseline Drive.

9-Superfecto, 3-Danny California, 2-Mystic Night, 1-Portos.

3-Echo Zulu, 7-Dream Lith, 5-Pretty Birdie, 2-Girl With a Dream.

1-Veterans Beach, 6-King Angelo, 11-High Limit Room, 5-Scotty Brown (16-Beautiful Karen becomes the top pick if the race is moved to the main track).

Risky Mischief (fourth). Public Sector (eighth), War Like Goddess (eleventh).

Record for meet: 115 for 389.

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