Saturday finds a busy docket at Saratoga with the $600,000 Jim Dandy race which features the Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming and the Preakness winner Cloud Computing. This race is a prep race for the Travers at Saratoga. Six times this winner has gone on to be victorious in the Travers since 2000. Last year this was won by Laoban which was a 27-1 odds.  Also, this is a battle of trainers as Todd Pletcher has won this event six times and Chad Brown is looking for his first win at the Jim Dandy.

Let’s look at how they may finish:

Always Dreaming at 4-5 odds is the horse to beat after also winning the Florida Derby and Kentucky Derby. This Todd Pletcher trained horse and will be looking for a bounce back after the Preakness. This horse is the son of Bodemeister, who finished second at this race. Always Dreaming has been here for three weeks and appears to like the race track surface.Owned by MeB Racing, Brooklyn Boyz, Teresa Viola, St Elias, Siena Farm, and West Point Thoroughbreds,he has won $2,284,700 with four wins in seven starts. This is the likely winner.

Jumping over the Preakness winner we find Pavel as a viable longshot in this race. At 15-1 odds, trainer Doug O’Neill is looking to steal a big win for this horse that won a nine horse race at Santa Anita. He is the son of Creative Cause and I will bet this horse in several combinations to get a chance at a nice ticket. Nice Longshot.

The Preakness winner, Cloud Computing,  is a 6-5 possibility for trainer Chad Brown and jockey Javier Castellano. Although only four races in the horse history he is the son of Maclean’s Music. He won his initial race at Aqueduct, was second in the Gotham and third at the Wood Memorial. He hasn’t raced since his Preakness win.

At 12-1, Giuseppe is a Nick Zito trained horse and will have Luis Saez as his jockey. The son of Lookin At Lucky he hasn’t fared well in the last few races with some longer distances.

Good Samaritan at 12-1 was a late entry into the field as in trained by Bill Mott and the son of Harlan’s Holiday. This horse has been a decent turf runner but unknown on the dirt track. He has countered that with extensive training at Saratoga since May. This race is run on the birthday of Mott which is something bettors like to do. The call here is if he can handle the surface.

Seven of the past ten favorites in the Jim Dandy have gone down in defeat. This is usually a wide open affair. Bet responsibly. Look for this race on Saturday to be televised by Fox Sports as post time is scheduled for 5:55 pm. Be sure to check the latest lines and scratches before betting.

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