Donato’s Saratoga selections for Wednesday, Aug. 19

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Wednesday’s seventh race, a seven-furlong, $64,000 allowance run on the dirt, may have a familiar feel for Big Thicket (7-2), as it is the same distance and class and a similar field against whom he ran third at Saratoga on July 17.

In that race, he exited the far turn four-wide and dueled midway down the home stretch with Coach Villa (8-1) for the second spot. Both entrants have new jockeys Wednesday, with Luis Saez replacing Irad Ortiz Jr. on Big Thicket and Joel Rosario taking over for Junior Alvarado upon Coach Villa.

Quickflash (4-1) has been a consistent finisher over his career and should find himself near the leaders before ready to press for the finish.

The race Wednesday is lacking in pace-setters, and by default, it may have to come from Blackjack Davey (2-1), who switches back to a sprint after running 1 1/16 and 1 1/8 miles this summer. His one sprint came in his maiden race, where despite a difficult start, he closed just under six lengths on the leader from the top of the stretch to the finish. That race might be able to be ignored going forward if he performs well Wednesday.

  • FIRST RACE:
    • 2-Fast Car, 1-Snap Decision, 3-Belisarius, 4-Galway Kid.
  • SECOND RACE:
    • 4-Siesta Kew, 5-Jill’s A Hot Mess, 3-Ruby Stiletto, 6-Sassy Belle.
  • THIRD RACE:
    • 5-Stunning Princess, 1-Ingrassia, 2-Mo Normal, 3-Tinder Date.
  • FOURTH RACE:
    • 4-Scarf It Down, 6-Curlin Grey, 1-Majid, 2-Hoffenheim.
  • FIFTH RACE:
    • 8-Financial System, 7-Abiding Star, 6-Mick’s Star, 5-McErin.
  • SIXTH RACE
    •  3-In Front, 9-Balon Rose, 5-Bareeqa, 1-Rivendell.
  • SEVENTH RACE
    •  7-Big Thicket, 5-Quickflash, 1-Golani Brigade, 2-Blackjack Davey.
  • EIGHTH RACE:
    • 6-Tobys Heart, 9-Mischievous Dream, 10-Stylish Rags, 8-Amanzi Yimpilo.
  • NINTH RACE:
    • 8-Women Not Easy, 14-Plink Freud, 1-Big Al’s Gal, 3-Sandra’s Mine.

SUNDAY’S WINNERS

None.

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