Jeremy Plonk’s Horse Racing picks for Thursday 8/18

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XpressBet editor-in-chief Jeremy Plonk offers his best bets for Thursday.

Saratoga Race No. 8 (5:05 p.m. ET/2:05 p.m. PT)
#5 Warrior Johny (9-2 ML)

 

Red-hot trainer Phil Bauer has 3 wins and a runner-up from his last 5 starters at Saratoga. Consistent colt had a weird trip last time at Churchill when beaten only 2 lengths by Travers Stakes hopeful Gilded Age. Price could rise taking on likely favorites from Pletcher, Brown stables. Win bet. Daily Double 5-5 to next pick.

Saratoga Race No. 9 (5:39 p.m. ET/2:39 p.m. PT)
#5 Howdyoumakeurmoney (8-1 ML)

Key jockey change on this late runner to Joel Rosario, whose style should be a perfect fit. Beaten favorite vs. many of these same rivals in a similar stakes race at Belmont when piloted by Jose Ortiz in a stop-and-go trip. Winner over this course last summer and should make one, sustained rally under Rosario. Win-Place bet.

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