Saratoga Horse Racing Picks for Sunday 8/21/22

The Duel Staff
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Starting at 1:05 p.m. ET, we have 10 races Sunday at Saratoga. Using 
numberFire’s projections as a guide, here are some of the best bets to make at FanDuel Racing.

As always, check the program at "The Spa" for scratches and changes, and monitor the weather and track conditions.

(I will reference Equibase's Speed Figure in selected races, which tells you how fast a horse has been running in each of its races -- adjusted for track, distances, and conditions).

Saratoga Betting

According to numberFire Racing's projections, these are the best bets to make at FanDuel Racing today.

1. Grand Love and Rarify, Race 6

FanDuel Racing Odds: 4/1 and 5/2

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Race 6 is a Maiden Special Weight for 2-year-old fillies at 6 1/2 furlongs. The favorite is Rarify (5/2) with Jose Ortiz riding, but top challenger Spelterini (7/2) is the top pick by numberFire's algorithm. Grand Love (4/1) is a first timer with good breeding and works, and Joel Rosario rides for leading trainer Steve Asmussen.

Rarify is a daughter of Triple Crown winner Justify, and she ran well to finish second in her debut with good morning works since. Spelterini made a good closing move to finish second on debut and should be included in exacta and trifecta wagering.

2. Reigning Spirit and Mud Pie, and Race 7

FanDuel Racing Odds: 7/2 and 6/1

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Race 7 is an Allowance race at 1 1/2 miles on the inner turf. Check for rain and if the race stays on the turf, then Balthus (2/1) will be favored for EPO trainer Chad Brown. But Mud Pie (6/1) will shoot to the front and try to save more energy after blistering through fast fractions and tiring to finish third last race.

Reigning Spirit (7/2) with Joel Rosario riding is the top pick of numberFire. He finished second last race in a graded stakes in May with a top speed figure.

3. Redifined and Danse Macabre, Race 9

FanDuel Racing Odds: 8/1 and 5/1

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Race 9 is the $150,000 Bolton Landing Stakes for 2-year-old fillies sprinting 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf. The favorite Love Reigns (2/1) with leading jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. will take money as the favorite and top pick, according to numberFire data.

Danse Macabre (5/1) moved forward and won her second start last race on the turf with a better speed figure. Redifined (8/1) broker her Maiden on debut nearly two months ago and has some solid works since.

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