NYRA Bets Presents Weekend Play At Saratoga: Playing Sunday’s Late Pick 5

We're going to make a run at Sunday's NYRA Bets Late Pick 5, the bet that is available exclusively to NYRA Bets customers or on-site patrons at New York tracks or simulcast facilities.

This weekly feature, NYRA Bets Presents The Weekend Play at Saratoga, focuses on a single wager/play over the weekend at the upstate Spa – and could be win, place or show, exacta, trifecta or a multi-race bet.

Sunday's Late Pick 5 at Saratoga, a $.50 base wager, begins with race seven, which has an estimated post time of 4:39 p.m. EDT. Rain is not forecast for Sunday, so don't anticipate any off-the-turf races. Sunday's feature race, the $250,000 Troy Handicap, has some of the top turf sprinters on the East Coast.

Let's get to it.

Race 7: This race is for horses that have never won twice and are in for a $40,000 claiming price, so I'm going with a pair of runners that are dropping in for a tag for the first time. May Be a Diamond (8) has been away since April for Charlton Baker (who is off to a very good start at the meet) and has worked well for his return. Kiaran McLaughlin has shopped around for allowance wins with Mutaraamy (11), going to Parx and Delaware over the last couple months without success and decided to drop the Tapit gelding in to this spot, where I think he'll find his best stride.

Race 8: Storm Prophet (1) lost a lot of ground when just overtaken nearing the wire last time out and draws the rail for Linda Rice, who gets the son of Tale of the Cat from the barn of recently retired trainer Michael Hushion. He should get the trip and score his second career win in this turf allowance for New York-breds. I'm also using comebacking Ode to the Hunt (3), gelded since his last start in February and often in the thick of things at this level.

Race 9: Stormy's Song (5) drops back in distance from a mile when a tiring third at Belmont Park in late June and has a sharp half-mile breeze coming in to this six-furlong entry-level allowance race for fillies and mares. Tasteful (1), part of a Godolphin Racing entry, has been away since April, when she closed like gangbusters to earn her maiden diploma at Keeneland. Javier Castellano rides.

Race 10: What's not to like about Green Mask (4)? This Brad Cox-trained runner has run 1-2 in his last six starts at five different tracks and was a close second to Disco Partner in this race last year. He's tough as nails. Pure Sensation (3) carved out ridiculously fast fractions when Disco Partner smashed course and world records winning the G3 Jaipur at Belmont in June, then came back to win the G3 Parx Dash by open lengths. Catch him if you can.

Race 11: There's an absence of pace in this contest, a 1 1/16-mile turf event for $40,000 claimers that have never won twice, so it's possible someone like Steamboat Bill (7) could find himself on the lead and get brave. Muhaawer (2) is dropping in for a claiming tag for the first time and could be dangerous for Kiaran McLaughlin and Joe Bravo. Unbroken Chain (6) has shown some closing kick against winners. Another dropper, Escape Velocity (12), for Chad Brown and Javier Castellano can't and won't be ignored at the windows.

Ticket ($.50 base wager): 8, 11 / 1, 3 / 1, 5 / 3, 4 / 2, 6, 7, 12 (Total $32)

Good luck!

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