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Mike Dempsey

Saratoga free selection for  Friday:


No.  SAR Race 3 OClm $62,500N2X (2:02 ET) ML FAIR
2
Shetan
8-1
4-1
5
Royal Blessing
4-1
3-1
1 Artic North / 1a Clearbrook
5-2
3-1
7
Rapscallion
7-2
4-1
Analysis: Shetan is one of two in here sent out by the Motion barn. The gelding won at this level two back at Philly off a 6 1/2 month layoff and then tried Alw-3 foes last out where he stalked the early pace, made a good middle move and flattened out in the stretch in a fifth place finish. The winner of the race was Hardest Cove, who returned to win the Cape Henelopen in his next outing on July 12 at Delaware Park. The four-time grass winner makes his third start off the layoff and will appreciate the drop back into the Alw-2 ranks. Looks like he has enough pedigree to handle the marathon distance.
Royal Blessing is coming off a fourth place finish last out where he caught yielding footing and was caught out wide in the stretch in his first go off a seven month layoff. He passed the Alw-1 level three back at the Big A on the turf and put in a decent effort in a third in his first start at this level. He should be tighter second off the bench for the Albertrani barn that is 17% winners with runners making their second start off a +180 day layoff.
Race Rating: $$$
Wagering
WIN: #3 to win at 4-1 or better.
EX: 2,5 / 1,2,5,7
TRI: 2,5 / 1,2,5,7 / 1,2,4,5,7