Saratoga Horses in Focus for Friday, August 17th

Race 2: Land Mine (#5)

Ran well in her return from the layoff last time despite being disadvantage by a speed-favoring track that helped the winner.

Projects to sit a great trip stalking the two speeds, who figure to hook up at some point.

Is one of the few fillies in this field that wants every bit of the 1 1/8 miles distance.

3-1 on ML

Race 6: Southern Gal (#7)

Showed promise in both of her turf starts last year, and has a right to be better with added maturity.

Should appreciate the return to sprinting since her best half-sibling was turf sprinter First Charmer.

DRF Formulator Fact: Over the past five years, Mark Casse is 16 for 70 (23 percent, $2.51 ROI) off layoffs of 180 days or more in turf sprints (5 to 7 furlongs).

6-1 on ML

Race 9: Chase Greatness (#11)

Ran his best dirt race over a sloppy, sealed track, which is sometimes indicative of turf ability.

Is bred to handle grass as a son of More Than Ready and a half-brother to turf stakes-placed Chubby Star.

It’s a good sign to see a live rider like Jose Ortiz keep the mount for these connections.

12-1 on ML​

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