Saratoga Horses in Focus for Friday, August 3rd

Race 4: Zeven (#7)

The Pace Projector is predicting that she will be on the lead in a situation favoring the front-runner.

Actually handled the dirt well early in her career and even successfully routed on multiple occasions.

Was unwisely rated last time when facing a better field at Monmouth.

6-1 on ML

Race 5: Give Me a Hug (#6)

Was very green in her debut, bearing out around the turn, before galloping out strongly after the wire.

Meets New York-breds for the first time after running into some tough open company fillies first out.

She has worked much more forwardly for her second start, and Todd Pletcher removes the blinkers.

5-1 on ML

Race 8: Meistermind (#1)

Can use his tactical speed to take advantage of this inside post position with a short run-up to the first turn.

Obviously wants every bit of ground he can get after winning at 1 1/4 miles last time.

Is bred to be a nice horse as a half-brother to Mine That Bird and Dullahan.

8-1 on ML

Race 10: Four Freedoms (#1)

Ran very well last time after contesting a fast pace in a race that otherwise collapsed.

Has run well over wet tracks, and there is plenty of rain in the forecast for Friday.

DRF Formulator Fact: Over the past five years, trainer Marcus Vitali is 4 for 14 (29 percent, $2.82 ROI) on the dirt at NYRA.

3-1 on ML​

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