08/23/2015 11:30AM

Hersh: How I'd play Saratoga on Sunday, Aug. 23

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Lots of claiming races on the first half of this Saratoga card. I don’t have a problem playing claiming races generally, but it’s not what I’m looking for at Saratoga. Worse than that, I can’t find a comfortable toehold in any of the early races. I’m a fan of 2-year-old maidens going long on turf, and that’s race 2, but there are too many moving parts in this race. Chad Brown has for quite some time been showing a flat-bet profit with first-time starters in turf routes, but what do you do when he has two in the same race, which is the case here? Use them both, I guess, but there are three other horses I’d give a solid win chance here, which makes the race difficult horizontally, and there’s nothing in the three pick four races following on which I could hang my hat.

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