Week 3 of the 2021 Saratoga Race Course meeting rolls along Thursday with a 10-race card topped by the $100,000 John Morrissey Handicap for older New York-bred sprinters.
The Morrissey drew a field of nine and goes as the ninth on the card with a post time of 5:39. Michelle Nevin holds a strong hard in the 6 1/2-furlong feature with the 7-2 co-second choices My Boy Tate and Our Last Buck. Rudy Rodriguez sends out the 3-1 morning-line favorite in Wudda U Think Now, who comes back on short rest following a good run in an open allowance at Saratoga July 17.
The Saratoga Special's handicappers continue to churn out winners at the meet, including four apiece for defending champ John Shapazian and 2021 leader Tom Law on Wednesday's card. John would have cut into the deficit a bit it not for The Mean Queen's error that left Tom Garnder unseated in the Johnathan Kiser Memorial steeplechase in Wednesday's opener.
Here are the picks for Thursday, July 29. Good luck.
JOHN SHAPAZIAN (32/101, 30.7 percent):
1-Mo Heat, Johnnypump, Bourbon Rising.
2-Control Group, Straw Into Gold, Cold Hard Cash.
3-Montauk Summer, Mystery Bank, Shoo Shine.
4-The Queens Jules, Vineyard Sound, High Heater.
5-Shinjuku, Flipping Fun, Triple Americano.
6-Her World, Wonder entry, Consumer Spending.
7-Identifier, Abiding Star, Attentive.
8-Klaravich entry, Anna’s Fast, Regal Retort.
9-My Boy Tate, Our Last Buck, Wudda U Think Now.
10-Salino, Sum Kinda Pretty, Wicked Happy.
TOM LAW (37/101, 36.6):
1-Johnnypump, Bourbon Rising, Mo Heat.
2-Control Group, Scuttlebuzz, Cold Hard Cash.
3-Shoo Shine, Pier Forty, Unleveraged.
4-The Queens Jules, Kowboy Karma, Bronzed.
5-Flipping Fun, Shinjuku, Marc’s Humor.
6-Blest Life, Her World, Consumer Spending.
7-Attentive, Hieroglyphics, Troubling Moon.
8-Regal Retort, Brown entry, Finding Fame.
9-My Boy Tate, Foolish Ghost, Wudda U Think Now.
10-Sum Kinda Pretty, Bonkers, Salino.
CHARLES BEDARD (28/101, 27.7):
1-Johnnypump, Mo Heat, Bourbon Rising.
2-Control Group, Cold Hard Cash, Kaz’s Beach.
3-Shoo Shine, Reckless Spirit, Auburn Hills.
4-The Queens Jules, Bronzed, Kowboy Karma.
5-Triple Americano, Marc’s Humor, Flipping Fun.
6-Wonder entry, Mischievous Kiss, Consumer Spending.
7-Identifier, Abiding Star, Create Again.
8-Regal Retort, Brown entry, Malibu Mischief.
9-Wudda U Think Now, Foolish Ghost, My Boy Tate.
10-Never Content, Mothers Day Jewel, Gabby Squared.
ROB WHITLOCK (30/101, 29.7):
1-Mo Heat, Bourbon Rising, Zito entry.
2-Control Group, Straw Into Gold, Scuttlebuzz.
3-Mystery Bank, Auburn Hills, Montauk Summer.
4-Vineyard Sound, Kowboy Karma, The Queens Jules.
5-Shinjuku, Flipping Fun, Ravizzol.
6-Madaket entry, Solid Tune, Her World.
7-Nick Papagiorgio, Abiding Star, Hieroglyphics.
8-Klaravich entry, Regal Retort, Malibu Mischief.
9-Our Last Buck, Foolish Ghost, Wudda U Think Now.
10-Sum Kinda Pretty, Satch, Gabby Squared.
JESSICA PAQUETTE (19/101, 18.8):
1-Mo Heat, Free Radical, Bourbon Rising.
2-Cold Hard Cash, Straw Into Gold, Scocciatore.
3-Auburn Hills, Mystery Bank, Montauk Summer.
4-Vineyard Sound, Kowboy Karma, Bronzed.
5-Triple Americano, Flipping Fun, Crossing Verazanno.
6-Her World, Consumer Spending, Gun Boat.
7-Abiding Star, Nick Papagiorgio, Artemus Bridge.
8-Motivated Seller, Secondary Market, Finding Fame.
9-Foolish Ghost, Wudda U Think Now, Our Last Buck.
10-Gabby Squared, Satch, Sum Kinda Pretty.