Saratoga Track update for July 26

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July 26th, 2021

Two weeks into the Saratoga meet, let's see how summer at the Spa is beginning to shape up!


With 16 wins apiece, Luis Saez (16-for-78, 21%) and Jose Ortiz (16-for-71, 23%) lead the riding standings going into this week. Close behind is perennial top rider Irad Ortiz, Jr. (14-for-81, 17%). People who are betting the two leading riders are making money: two weeks into the meet, they are the only riders with a flat-bet profit over the meet. Jose Ortiz carries a +25% ROI so far; Saez, a +3% return.

Though route wins have been distributed more evenly, sprints feature some clear angles. Irad Ortiz has dominated turf sprints: 5-for-12 (42%), with a +20% ROI. No other jockey has more than two turf sprint wins. At one turn on dirt, Jose Ortiz (9-for-32, 28%) and Saez (8-for-34, 24%) are the only riders with over five wins. With fewer starts Tyler Gaffalione has shined in dirt sprints, too. He is 4-for-16 (25%) on top, and has another five money finishes among those 16 starts.

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Technical Analysis wins the Lake George S. 2021 (Photo by Coglianese Photos)


Trainer standings at the Spa are tight early, with Chad Brown (6-for-40, 15%) one win ahead of an all-star six-way tie (Steve Asmussen, Christophe Clement, Brad Cox, Mike Maker, Bill Mott, and Todd Pletcher). Surprisingly, Brown has a flat-bet profit of +24% on the meet. Only three of his six winners have been favorites, Lake George (G3) winner Technical Analysis ($17.60) was his third-longest price of four entries, and allowance winner Sifting Sands ($58) was ignored despite being Brown's only entrant in a turf route.

As for trainer angles to watch? Christophe Clement (3-for-7, 43%, +110% ROI) and Steve Asmussen (2-for-4, 50%, +97% ROI) are the two trainers who already have more than one win with a first-time starter, making theirs worth watching. And in dirt sprints, watch Brad Cox (5-for-10, 50%, +22% ROI) and Steve Asmussen (5-for-16, 31%, 0% ROI). All of their wins so far have come at one turn on dirt.

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