For horse racing fans, the best time of the year is upon us. The four words that every fan loves to hear will be said at 1pm on Friday, "They're off at Saratoga!" But before that is announced it's time for every handicapper to choose their path of success.

Every day throughout the meet, our horse racing insider Brian "The Closer" Mariano will give you his picks to help you win at the windows. The picks will be in order of preference and will include an early Pick 5 ticket, late pick 4 ticket and a best bet on the card! Follow him on twitter @Mariano_closer for his up to the minute selections and updates from Saratoga!

Selections for July 21st (Opening day)

1: 1-2-6-5
2: 6-8-11-1
3: 3-5-6
4: 8-5-3-7
5: 7-8-4-9
6: 2-10-12-11
7: 2-10-6-9
8: 8-2-9-3
9: 11-1-9-10
10: 10-2-7-8

Best bet: Race 2 (#6) Beaux Arts

Early pick 5 ($72)
1: 1-5-6
2: 1-4-5-6-8-11
3: 3-6
4: 3-8
5: 7-8

Late pick 4 ($72)
7: 2-6-10
8: 2-8-9
9: 1-9-10-11
10: 2-7-8-10