Jeff Siegel’s Horse Racing Picks for Saturday 9/3 – VSiN Exclusive News – News
Xpressbet writer Jeff Siegel offers his best games for Saturday.
Saratoga Run #7 (3:22 p.m. ET / 12:22 p.m. PT) #9 Meraas (6-1)
This Group 3 Stakes winner from Dubai is making his first US start and will bring his regular rider with him in this second tier main track sprint for older horses. The Chad Summer-trained gelding looked terrific in the morning while preparing for his first outing since February, and from his comfortable outside draw the English-bred 5-year-old should have every chance of getting a comfortable stalking position and early. seal the deal when called upon. His away form is powerful – his Timeform ratings simply make him better and faster than this group – so at 6-1 on the morning line he offers excellent betting value as a game winner and exotic single rolling.
Saratoga Run #8 (3:58 p.m. ET / 12:58 p.m. PT) #9 Fantasist (8-1)
The Always Dreaming first starter fetched $550,000 at the sale of Timonium 2-year-olds in training last spring after riding a 21 2/5 around the tight turns of this arena, doing it very impressively like a stone runner . He hasn’t been asked to display that kind of speed in the run-up to this outing – it’s not necessary – but we expect the Todd Pletcher-trained colt to activate the jets in this seven-stadia event and shows his best stuff. He’s listed at 8-1 on the morning line and we think he’s a lot better than that.
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