Horse Racing picks for Saratoga race track on Thursday, August 11: Empress Tigress can impress

Jockey Leslie Mawing atop Highwaytwentyseven (5) wins the second race of the day as the Tampa Bay Downs

There is plenty of great horse racing across America on Thursday, including at Saratoga race track. We have been in form with our picks for a long time, making a profit of +299.09 units with our race selections to our recommended stakes dating back to August 5, 2021. Let’s keep it rolling!

Here are our best bets for today’s action at Saratoga.

2:15 pm ET Saratoga (Race 3) – Dame Cinco 6/5 (2-star play)

Dame Cinco appeared to appreciate the drop to a $40,000 claiming contest when finishing half-a-length 2nd in a 6-furlong contest at Keeneland at the end of April.

She gets a further ease in grade today and with the step back up to a mile no issue having broken her maiden over that trip at Ellis Park in July last year, the Cinco Charlie filly looks capable of registering a second career win with Luis Saez in the saddle once more.

2:49 pm ET Saratoga (Race 4) – Barrage 5/2 (2-star play)

Barrage has demonstrated good form since joining the Raymond Handal barn, winning a mile and 1/16th allowance event at Belmont Park at the end of May and following up with a length 2nd in an allowance optional claimer over the same trip at this venue last month.

He recorded a career-best figure in defeat last time and has since delivered an impressive 47.22 4-furlong work on the main track earlier this month. He is taken to provide jockey Flavien Prat with a winner. 

5:39 pm ET Saratoga (Race 9) – Empress Tigress 5/2 (2-star play)

Trained by Jonathan Thomas, this daughter of Classic Empire is unbeaten in 2 starts since her purchase for $410,000 as a 2-year-old at Ocala Bloodstock Sale. The selection started out with an impressive 6-length victory over 5 1/2 furlongs in a maiden special weight contest on synthetics at Woodbine in May.

She followed up with a half-length triumph in a Listed stakes over the same trip at Saratoga last month and is taken to maintain her unbeaten record with John Velazquez up.


Early Pick 3

Race 1: 4, 5
Race 2: 2, 3
Race 3: 4, 5

Stake: $2
Total stake: $16

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