NYRA Bets Presents Weekend Play At Saratoga: Looking For Turf Value

The Paulick Report in conjunction with NYRA Bets is pleased to offer this weekly feature that focuses on a single wager/play over the weekend at Saratoga – could be win, place or show, exacta, trifecta or a multi-race bet like the NYRA Bets Late Pick 5, which is available exclusively to NYRA Bets customers or on-track customers in New York or at New York simulcasting facilities.

One of my favorite things about Saratoga is the turf racing. Nearly every day during the meet, you can find highly competitive, excellent betting races over the grass. Longshots come in all the time. I’ve picked out such a race on Saturday’s card.

Race 6, OC 62K/NW2, 1 3/8 miles over the inner turf
#2 Tathqeef (10-1 ML): Racing in Britain over the turf last year for John Gosden, this son of Tapit was transferred to the barn of Kiaran McLaughlin for the 2017 season. Curiously, McLaughlin chose to put Tathqeef on the dirt for his first four starts in the U.S., and he promptly lost them all. Then, last time out, the 4-year-old colt switched to turf and broke through with a victory at Belmont Park. It came at about this distance, too.

The colt was bred by Clearsky Farms, breeder of Arrogate, Lord Nelson and Mohaymen among others. Tathqeef was clearly liked at the sales — Shadwell paid $1.1 million for him at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. With just two victories from nine starts, he hasn’t lived up to his price, but perhaps he still has some upside. McLaughlin is rolling to start the Saratoga meet, having won half his 10 starts so far. There are a lot of positives here for a colt that starts out at double digit odds.

Chad Brown has the favorite in #7 Call Provision. A couple of other longshots to consider are Gio’s Calling (8-1) and Nessy (6-1). I’ll take an old-fashioned win swing with Tathqeef, $30, and back it up with three $5 exacta boxes: #2 Tathqeef/#6 Gio’s Calling, #7 Call Provision, #10 Nessy ($60 total).

Bonus Play (Chad-xacta Alert!): It seems to happen a few times each meet at Saratoga (or anywhere for that matter) — trainer Chad Brown runs one-two in a turf race. The term I’ve heard for this is Chad-xacta. My Chad-xacta alert comes in Saturday’s final, Race 10, Maiden Special Weight, 1 1/16 miles over the turf. Brown’s two horses are drawn next to each other, #2 Durable Goods and #3 Wake Island. Durable Goods makes his second start after running second first time out in a (you guessed it) Chad-xacta at Belmont Park. Wake Island is making his 2017 debut after hitting the board in all three of his starts last year. Javier Castellano to ride. Jose Ortiz on Durable Goods. This looks an excellent spot for a Chad-xacta play. I’ll use what’s leftover from my hundy on this: $20 exacta box, #2 Durable Goods/#3 Wake Island ($40 total).

Good luck and enjoy the races!

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