07/31/2013 9:38AM

Saratoga Vulnerable Favorites, Live Longshots, and Spot Plays: August 1


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Saratoga Race 5, (3:14 ET)

SMART POWER (#5, 12-1) This lightly-raced homebred maiden 4-year-old appears primed for a good effort, after an even finish at Colonial Downs. That was his first start since a close-up sixth at Saratoga last August in which he ran the last three-eighths of a mile in under 36 seconds. - Dave Litfin

Saratoga Race 7, (4:18 ET)

VINDICATION NOW (#4, 4/1) dropped down for first time on turf and buried a field of restricted claimers at CD last out with the third finisher from that race coming here to post convincing win on Monday; can win right back. - Mike Beer

Saratoga Race 7, (4:18 ET)

COLIZEO (#9, 3-1) One time graded stakes contender takes scary plunge into the  selling ranks but looked good in recent five furlong work in company with Vyjack, holding his own with the stakes winning 3-year-old through a fast five furlong breeze and galloping out into the turn.  Should be good enough to get back on winning track at this level. - Mike Welsch

Saratoga Race 8, (4:50 ET)

SAM SPARKLE (#8, 8-1) Another former stakes runner drops into a mid-level conditioned claimer, showed enough in recent five furlong drill to take the measure of this group. - Mike Welsch

Saratoga Race 9, (5:22 ET)

ROCK MY HEART (#5, 5-2) The word on this German-bred is that she could be a player in the filly-mare turf ranks if she fulfills her considerable potential. Gets first-time Lasix in making her stateside debut for wunderkind trainer, who enticed Javier to take the mount. Stable also represented by Scenario Analysis (#4) right alongside and that might be the way to go in the exactas and tri's. – Marty McGee

Saratoga Race 10, (5:54 ET)

FROSTY BUT FUNKY (#7, 6-1) may well be a new horse with blinkers, as that work back on June 16th suggests big improvement; unfortunately, she didn't get to show it in that last race, as she was off slowly before rushing into a quick pace, but she can be expected to fare much better here if she can just get away cleanly. - Kenny Peck

Saratoga Race 10, (6:26 ET)

BEER IS GOOD (#6, 6-1) His three best races are 5 ½ furlongs on firm turf, hopefully we will have firm turf for the finale; am against the favorite, now a 7yo and coming off a 10 month layoff. - Chuck Kuehhas


Saratoga Race 8, (4:50 ET)

FIDDLERS AFLEET (#12, 5-2) The back figures will make him a relatively short price but this drop into a claimer for the first time this year off a sub-par effort looks more than a little suspicious. This New York bred also likes to be near the lead, and there is speed to his inside. - Kenny Peck

Saratoga Race 10, (5:54 ET)

LITTLE GABBY GIRL (#5, 3-1) got dream run last time as she hugged the rail and speeds drifted to 5 path as the seas parted; likely won't be as lucky here. - Chuck Kuehhas

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