08/01/2014 10:46AM

Illman: How I'd play Saratoga on Friday, Aug. 1

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The third race isn’t your usual sleepy maiden special weight for fillies and mares as it features #4 SAMANTHA NICOLE, a full sister to Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra. While Samantha Nicole needs only a fraction of Rachel Alexandra’s vast ability to win in this spot, the fact remains that she hasn’t raced since February and will try a demanding nine furlongs off the bench. Because of her reputation, she is a very likely underlay at post time.

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