Saratoga Play of Day: Dayatthespa Looks Tough as Morning Line Favorite

The Chad Brown trained Dayatthespa is the 7-5 morning line favorite for Friday’s featured race at Saratoga, the $1000,000 Riskaverse, which drew a full field of ten three-year-old fillies who will go one mile on the inner turf course.

The filly is making her first start since the spring meeting at Keeneland where she won the Appalachian (G2) in her last outing.

Brown is second in the trainer’s standings at the Spa with 25 winners from his 84 starters, trailing perennial leader Todd Pletcher by six wins going into the final four days of the 40-day meeting.

Pletcher will saddle Peace Preserver (8-1), who is coming off a rough trip in a game runner up finish in the Desert Vixen at Monmouth Park on July 28.

Friday’s card at the Spa has a late post time of 2:30 ET, with the Riskaverse set to go off at 6:22 ET.

Coming up on Saturday at Saratoga is the $750,000 Woodward (G1), $500,000 Forego, and the $250,000 Bernard Baruch (G2).

The Woodward drew a  strong field of older runners including Suburban (G2) winner Mucho Macho Man (8-5), last year’s Belmont Stakes (G1) runner up Stay Thirsty (5-1), and last year’s Cigar Mile (G1) winner To Honor and Serve (2-1).

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Friday’s featured race at Saratoga:

Saratoga Race 8 The Riskaverse (Post time 6:22 ET)

5 Dayatthespa   7-5

2 Aluara Michele   6-1

1 Assateague   5-1

4 Peace Preserver   8-1

Analysis: Dayatthespa makes her first start since taking the field ate to wire to win the Appalachian (G2) at Keeneland in April, her fourth win in six career starts. She has won all three of her starts this year and now returns off a 4 1/2 month break for the Chad Brown barn that is 25% winners with horses coming back off a 61-180 day layoff. There is some early zip signed up and she looks very capable of either being up front or sitting off the pace. She looks tough here as she faces tougher in her last couple of starts then she catches here. The price is going to be on the light side but the barn is having a solid meet, hitting at a 28% clip.

Aluara Michele came off a nine month layoff to win the restricted Nani Rose and three she beat that day are returning here to take her on again as they step into open company. The filly won the P.G. Johnson over the Spa turf here last summer in her first start against winners. She figures to move forward in her second start off the shelf for the hall of fame Bill Mott barn.

Wagering

WIN: #5 to win at 8-5 or better.

EX: 2,5 / 1,2,4,5

TRI: 2,5 / 1,2,4,5 / 1,2,4,5,7

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