Saratoga Horse Racing Picks for Friday 8/26/22

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Horse Racing Picks from Saratoga on Friday, Aug. 26. Bet at TVG and FanDuel Racing.
Horse Racing Picks from Saratoga on Friday, Aug. 26. Bet at TVG and FanDuel Racing. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Starting at 1:05 p.m. ET, we have 11 races Friday 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. Andiamo a Firenze and Acoustic Ave, Race 7

FanDuel Racing Odds: 4/5 and 5/2
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Race 7 is the $200,000 Funny Cide Stakes for NY-bred 2-year-olds at 6 1/2 furlongs. The heavy favorite and top pick by numberFire's data is Andiamo a Firenze (4/5) with leading jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. riding. He won his debut impressively and finished third in a Grade 3 race last month.

Acoustic Ave (5/2) is numberFire's alternative to the favorite. He won wire-to-wire on debut last month taking money as the favorite.

2. Classic Colors and Make Mischief, Race 8

FanDuel Racing Odds: 8/1 and 9/2
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Race 8 is the $200,000 Yaddo Handicap for NY-bred fillies and mares going 1 1/16 miles on the inner turf. The numberFire projected order of finish is Make Mischief (9/2), Classic Lady (5/1) and Marvelous Maude (3/1).

Make Mischief has the most stakes experience and is sired by Into Mischief. She is 2-for-4 this year and ran her two fastest races and speed figures when finishing first and third since May.

Marvelous Maude makes her stakes debut seeking her third win in a row with Irad Ortiz, Jr. riding. She's a little light on speed figures, while Classic Lady is one of three runners trained by Christophe Clement along with Mischievous Dream (15/1) and Classic Colors (8/1).

The better option with more favorable odds is Classic Colors, who closed impressively to get up for the win two races back, defeating Marvelous Maude.

3. Perfect Munnings and Key Point, Race 9

FanDuel Racing Odds: 12/1 and 2/1
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Race 9 is the West Point Stakes for NY-breds going 1 1/16 miles on the turf. Perfect Munnings (12/1) is a longshot to include on top, according the the numberFire algorithm. Luis Saez rides for top trainer Todd Pletcher. Also the favorite Key Point (2/1) is a top contender by trainer Chad Brown.

Key Point earned superior speed figures in his last couple of starts, and returns off a three month layoff. Perfect Munnings finished third in June, but won here last summer with his best speed figure.

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