Saratoga Horses in Focus for Saturday, August 17

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Race 1: Yankee Empire (#7)

  • Had significant trouble in his debut when steadied repeatedly after breaking slowly.
  • Has the pedigree to handle turf as a son of turf influence Cairo Prince out of a dam who is a half-sister to a turf stakes winner.
  • May play out as the controlling speed here in a race primarily filled with less experienced runners.

7-2 on ML

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Race 5: Nakamura (#6)

  • Took both of his starts in 2019 impressively, winning in more dominant fashion than the final margins indicate.
  • Proved last year that he’s clearly better going longer distances, so the stretch-out figures to help his chances.
  • Gets a positive rider switch to Jose Ortiz as he returns to the NYRA circuit.

6-1 on ML

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Race 9: Blowout (#4)

  • Showed a ton of grit when holding off stablemate Nova Sol in the Wild Applause two back.
  • May not have appreciated being forced into front-running tactics last time.
  • Is more likely to appreciate the slight stretch-out to 1 1/16 miles than stablemate Regal Glory.

5-2 on ML

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Race 10: Street Band (#5)

  • The 112 TimeformUS Speed Figure that she earned in the Indiana Oaks puts her nearly on par with the two favorites.
  • Got a terrible trip in the Kentucky Oaks, when rank early and wide every step of the way.
  • Has the tactical speed to work out a good trip in a field that is primarily composed of plodders.

10-1 on ML

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2 Responses to Saratoga Horses in Focus for Saturday, August 17

  1. ricbldwn says:

    I’d like to see if Street Band can,but think she’ll get beat by Ulele who may waylay her.

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  2. rick baldwin says:

    Nakamura said sayanora at a very nice price.

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