Horse Racing picks for Saratoga race track on Wednesday, July 20: Rugged Union looks worth a try

There is plenty of great horse racing across America on Wednesday, including at Saratoga race track. We have been in fine form with our picks for a long time and are up +284.83 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.

4:29 pm ET Saratoga (Race 7) – Hey There 5/2 (2-star play)

There are some lovely fillies lining up in this $105,000 maiden special weight over an extended 5 furlongs on the turf and I like the Brad Cox trained Hey There, who has been knocking on the door in recent starts.

Her last runs have been 2nd-place finishes in very hot maiden contests at Churchill Downs and Belmont Park, so if she improves even slightly from those then we could see an impressive winner.

5:05 pm ET Saratoga (Race 8) – Piece Of My Heart  4/1 (2-star play)

Race 8 at Saratoga is a 6-furlong $120,000 allowance optional claimer on the dirt surface and Danny Gargan’s experienced mare Piece Of My Heart should go well.

She’s a winner in this grade and has been running with incredible consistency of late as she’s finished in the top 3 in 6 of her last 7 starts. Her recent speed figures are also impressive, so there are plenty of positives about her chances.

5:39 pm ET Saratoga (Race 9) – Caragate 2/1 (2-star play)

The $125,000 Suzie O’Cain Stakes for 3-year-old fillies is a fiercely competitive race and it’s likely that one or two of these will be lining up at the Breeders’ Cup in November. One of the more likely types is the filly in stall 8, Caragate.

This daughter of Arrogate is improving with racing and has been running well in top allowance races at Belmont Park, albeit without winning, but I doubt that we have seen the best of her yet and she is likely to improve as the year goes on.

6:13 pm ET Saratoga (Race 10) – Rugged Union 6/1 (1-star play)

Rugged Union ran his best race yet when keeping on to finish 3rd in a maiden claimer at Belmont Park last time out and now looks the time to catch him as he returns in the same grade in the finale at Saratoga.

Dylan Davis was on board on that occasion and he takes the ride again today, so if he can get out of the gates and into a prominent position early then they may take some stopping over this extended 5-furlong trip, especially after that good effort over 6 furlongs last time.

Exotic

Late Pick 4

Race 7: 3, 4
Race 8: 1, 6, 10
Race 9: 1, 4, 8
Race 10: 2, 4

Stake: $0.50
Total stake: $18

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