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Saratoga Vulnerable Favorites, Live Longshots, and Spot Plays: August 24

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SPOT PLAYS AND LIVE LONGSHOTS

Saratoga Race 2, (12:05 ET)

HOWIE'S TIZ (#6, 6/1) Perhaps I'm just wrong about this horse, who has disappointed twice recently as the chalk, but giving him one more chance here on the theory that he's a closing sprinter getting the turn back that he needs; effort against the bias three back makes him competitive, and he doesn't figure to be a short price this time. - Mike Beer

Saratoga Race 5, (1:45 ET)

MAKE A DECISION (#8, 5-1) takes the blinkers off but there's not a whole lot of pace in this field, and he should be expected to be close up from the start; those runners with forward trips are likely to have the edge on the stone closers. - Kenny Peck

Saratoga Race 5, (1:45 ET) - LIVE LONGSHOT

Z MAITRE D (#7, 8-1) returns to the races off seven month layoff following poor main track outing; prior two, both on turf, were ok, finishing two lengths behind future Grade 1 winner in stake at Retama. - Chuck Kuehhas

Saratoga Race 8, (3:30 ET)

PICK OF THE LITTER (#6, 7-2) Getting a leg up on some of the multi-race wagers into the bigger stakes on the Travers card may come courtesy of this Romas-trained 3yo, whose sire (Kitten's Joy) had an unreal day a week ago. This guy has faced some of the best in his class and surely can benefit from his last in the Haskell; move to turf seems a natural given the pedigree. Rocco has had a sneaky-good meet and adds to the allure. - Marty McGee

Saratoga Race 11, (5:10 ET) - LIVE LONGSHOT

OVERANALYZE (#9, 12-1) After showing more positional speed with blinkers on in the West Virginia Derby, he cuts back for first sprint since the Futurity, one of his three graded stakes wins; the field's only millionaire may come rolling late after Mentor Cane and Let Em Shine duel themselves to a frazzle. - Dave Litfin

VULNERABLE FAVORITES

Saratoga Race 1, (11:35 a.m. ET)

BRADESTER (#7, 3-1) Bradester has looked very good in all three starts so far and appears to be full of potential, but he may just be getting started here after missing the majority of his 3yo season, so taking him at any kind of short price would be difficult. - Mike Beer

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