Quills Picks Winners – Saratoga Race 10 – Schuylerville Stakes

Schuylerville Stakes

Ahhh yes! It’s time to go to The Spaaaaaaaaa! After ten months straight except for a week up at Saratoga for Belmont week, the summer NYRA meet begins today at Saratoga with their traditional opening day feature, the Schuylerville Stakes, which is a two-year-old race for fillies going six furlongs on the main track. Post time is set for 6:16 pm Eastern time and can see seen this evening on FS1.

Note that most of the Saratoga races will be on the Fox Sports family of networks, so if you want to play any or all of the other races, just check your local listings for the channel it will be shown.


The 5 Complexion (7/2 morning line) is favored in the Schuylerville Stakes today at Saratoga and she won going from gate to wire going five furlongs last month at Aqueduct. She did not set that fast of the of an opening quarter mile, but she did  draw off to win by almost seven lengths in her debut.

Complexion will have a lot of company here today. The 10 Viggiedal (9/2 ML) set fast tractions on the front-end last month at Churchill and could be dueling with the favorite here.  With most of these fillies that are in this field, I can say the same thing since these horses tend to be a bit immature at this point in their career and lives. Can these horses rate or will they go crazy on the front end? Only time will tell.

The 9 Long Next Paula (8/1 ML) should be going for the lead as well. She has some very fast split times in her debut going five and a half furlongs on May 2. She had two months to prepare for this race, so it will be interesting to see if she does the same thing or learned something In her morning works since that debut win.


The 3 Sherbini (9/2 ML) won her debut at Churchill from off the pace and if there is a major speed duel that could happen here, Sherbini might be the horse worth taking here. She won from off the pace to win. She might enjoy the setup here in the Schuylerville and win this race passing some tired horses.

The 6 Carmen’s Candy Jar (6/1 ML) won a New York bred maiden race in her debut, but she only faced three other horses in that race. She came from way out of it to win. Normally, I would prefer the horses that have defeated larger fields, but she is worth a shot here despite that extremely small field last time out.

The 1 Aoraki (8/1 ML) won her debut at Churchill from off the pace and then was closer to the pace in the Astoria at Saratoga during Belmont Stakes week and just missed. She will have to improve some, but she could add to the speed up front as she was part of a blistering pace that she just missed winning.


With two-year-old races, there is not enough races that you can actually say this filly will do this or that one will do a certain thing. Sometimes you have to guess or if you are someone who can really read a program, you can tell who will be on the lead, who will be stalking, and who will be closing. But you also have to take into account that sometimes horses, no matter the age, that things happen and races doesn’t turn out how you read the program and formulate it.

But in the end here, I think that there will be a speed duel here because we are talking a baby race here, as these two-year-olds have only one a couple of times if that and think that they just go as fast as they can for as long as they can. With all the speed that appears here, I’ll take Sherbini to be there at the end winning over Aoraki and Carmen’s Candy Jar. They all will benefit from a multi-filly duel on the front it. I’ll call this 3-1-6-5 and my play is $20 to win on the 3. Good luck everyone!

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