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Joe Bianchino is a producer with 104.5 The Team.  He grew up in the Capital Region and is an avid fan of all sports, including hockey, baseball, football, soccer and horse racing.  He is a die-hard Giants, Yankees and Rangers fan.
Belmont Contender Tonalist
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Tonalist to Beat in Jim Dandy

If the summer at Saratoga is an ever-building crescendo toward late August's Travers Stakes, the Jim Dandy - the prep race for the Mid Summer Derby - is the first noticeable dynamic change.

This year the Grade II, mile and an eighth route around the main track is headlined by Cristophe Clement's Tonalist - a winner of three of his four races this year and fresh off a dream-ending score in what was expected to be the Belmont Stakes of California Chrome's coronation.

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Saratoga Saturday Picks

Picks for Saturday July, 19th.

Race 1: Kamarius - Luck of the Kitten - The Truth Or Else

Race 2: Groupthink - Sol the Freud - Handy Stan

Race 3: Contrary Opinion - Cosmic Gold - Taghleeb

Race 4: Blame Jim - Money Changer - Smithereen

Race 5: Cherokee Artist - Piquant - Be Bullish

Race 6: Vischer Ferry (BB) - Thurgood - Boston Strong

Race 7: Cinco Charlie - Nonna's Boy - Bessie's Boy

Race 8: Da Mi Basia Mille (BB) - Tasmona - Divine Luck

Race 9: Battle Force - Casino Dan - Pyrite Mountain

Race 10: Strathnaver (BB) - Alterite - Stephanie's Kitten

Race 11: All Included - Alarmed Ndangerous - Alakazan Alakazan

*ST = Sure Thing

*BB = Best Bet

Saratoga Race Course Opening Weekend
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Saratoga Opening Day Picks

Friday is opening day at Saratoga, and the picks are in.

Race 1: Kowboy Boots - Successful Brothers - Goodnewsisnonews

Race 2: Overspending (ST) - Wall Street Lady - Aimone

Race 3: Fashion Alert (ST) - Evrybdymstgetstonz(BB) - Tulira's Star

Race 4: Mumtaazah - Magsamelia - Judy Legend

Race 5: Can'thelpbelieving (ST) - Special Agent - Papy

Race 6: Saluda - Full Tap - Graeme Crackers

Race 7: Joes Blazing Aaron - Monument Hill - Tiz Sardonic Joe

Race 8: Ballerina Belle - Aventure Love - Kiss Me Lola

Race 9: Storming Inti - Tourist - Cabo Cat

Race 10: Maura's Pass (BB)- Chasing Paradise - Winter Wish

*(ST) = Sure Thing, expect the horse to win.

*(BB) = Best Bet, horse likely to finish within the top three at longer odds.

Follow me on Twitter @Joe_1045 for live advice and updates throughout the Saratoga meet!

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