Entries and Our Picks for Union Avenue Stakes at Saratoga on Aug.15

Race 8. Union Avenue Stakes. For New York bred three-year-old and up fillies and mares at 6 ½ furlongs on the dirt. 

Entries:

PP Filly/Mare Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Holiday Disguise  Jose Lezcano Linda Rice 5/2
2 Bonita Bianca  Irad Ortiz, Jr Jason Servis 9/2
3 Baby Boss  Jose Ortiz Jeremiah  Englehart 7/2
4 Pauseforthecause  Joel Rosario Kiaran McLaughlin 8/1
5 Fair Regis  Kendrick Carmouche Jason Servis 5/1
6 Carrera Cat  Rajiv Maragh John Morrison 9/2
7 Flat Calm  Luis Saez Linda Rice 15/1
8 Jc’s Shooting Star  Manuel Franco David Donk 12/1

Holiday Disguise is a five-time New York-bred stakes winner. She is coming off a  victory in the Dancin Renee Stakes on June 15 at Belmont. She will be stalking the pace from the inside post position. She will try to catch tried horses down the stretch. She should finish in the top three. 

Flat Calm makes her first start since winning a New York-bred second-level allowance on New Year’s Day at Aqueduct. She will be chasing the leaders from the back of the field. She should not be a factor.

Carrera Cat  broke her maiden after tries. She has recently improved with wins New York-bred allowance races and an open allowance June 13 at Belmont. Her four-race winning streak was snapped in an open second-level allowance at Saratoga. She should be forwardly placed and finish on the board. 

Pauseforthecause is 0-2-2 for six races in 2019. She finished ninth in  Dancin Renee Stakes on June 15 at Belmont. She finished fifth in her most recent race an allowance optional claiming,$62,500, at Saratoga on July 12. She will settle in mid pack down the back stretch and finish off the board. 

Baby Boss is a on a two race win streak, both were open allowance races at Laurel. She will be forwardly placed and if she breaks well should be the pace setter. 

Jc’s Shooting Star chanced improve if a speed duel, which is very possible, takes place. She finished seventh in the $200,000 Caress Stakes on turf. 

Bonita Bianca has run some of her best races over sprint distances. She is 0-0-2 for her two starts this year. She won the 2018 Union Avenue Stakes, which was her last sprint race. She needs an honest pace to have a chance down the lane. She should finish in the top three.

Fair Regis will be forwardly pace and will provide an honest pace. She is 2-3-0 for her 7 starts in 2019. This will be her first stakes race in 2019. She ran second in her last race an 7 furlong allowance race at Saratoga on July 24. She should finish on the board.

Our Top Three Picks:

  • Holiday Disguise
  • Bonita Bianca
  • Baby Boss

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