How to bet the Bolton Landing Stakes
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A total of six juvenile fillies will travel 5 1/2 furlongs on the Saratoga lawn in Sunday’s $150,000 Bolton Landing S. The George Weaver-trained #3 Amidst Waves (8-5) was unplaced in an unveiling on the dirt but has won two straight since moving to the turf, led by a fine score in the Colleen S. at Monmouth Park last time out. By Midshipman, the $100,000 yearling purchase has displayed both early foot and a strong closing kick, and the chestnut has been training at this venue since late May. led by a spin on the Oklahoma lawn in her latest morning venture.
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Amidst Waves has improved in each lifetime try and will also pick up top pilot Irad Ortiz, Jr. for the dash. I expect the morning-line choice to be tracking the pace from second to the top of the lane.
Christophe Clement’s #4 Gram (7-2) did little on the dirt on debut but rallied for a big second-place finish on the surface change second time out, and the Empire State-bred graduated with a measured victory in her most recent offering. The talented daughter of Maclean’s Music lands in a field without much early pace, but she might have less to do turning for home on Sunday with Joel Rosario in the stirrups once again. The win threat shows a solid four-furlong breeze in advance of her stakes bow.
Todd Pletcher’s #6 Astonesthrowaway (6-1) makes just her second lifetime start here and first for her new connections. The daughter of Bustin Stones was a professional winner on the Belmont Park sod in May when stalking the pace and going clear late in a five-furlong heat, and she should be fit following a nice string of morning works in the interim. The New York-bred chestnut gets a fine draw on the outside of the compact field and will be in the clear throughout with Luis Saez in the irons.