Saratoga Horses in Focus for Friday July 28th

Race 2:
Noneedtoflatterme (#9)

Should get an honest pace to close into with multiple speeds in the field.
Ran better than it appears in his dirt races after chasing fast paces on a few occasions.
May have improved for the Ray Handal barn, and now switches back to his preferred surface.
4-1 on ML

Race 3:
Bodie’s Valentine (#2)

Had to weave her way through traffic in upper stretch of her debut and was striding out nicely across the finish.
Gets a rider upgrade to Irad Ortiz Jr.
DRF Formulator Fact: Over the past five years, Mike Maker is 12 for 46 (26 percent, $3.19 ROI) in turf races at 10 furlongs or farther on the NYRA circuit.
9-2 on ML

Race 9:
Small Bear (#3)

Has been improving by leaps and bounds in recent starts.
Handled today’s 1 1/8-mile distance last time.
Is likely to go off at a much bigger price than the two favorites despite having run comparable speed figures.
5-1 on ML

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