07/24/2013 1:07PM

Saratoga Vulnerable Favorites, Live Longshots, and Spot Plays: July 25


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Saratoga Race 2, (1:35 ET)

PURE SENSATION (#6, 12-1) made a very good visual impression while also completing the final furlong from the wire to the mile pole of a 1/4 mile Time Trial from the gate in under :11 while just cruising easily throughout. May be overlooked in a very loaded 2-year-old maiden special weight dash. - Mike Welsch

Saratoga Race 3, (2:07 ET)

FRIENDS PRO (#6, 10-1) debuts for high tag after showing good speed from the gate in the second of two local works, might not look back if able to come away running against this average looking group of juvenile fillies. - Mike Welsch

Saratoga Race 8, (4:49 ET)

WEEKEND HIDEAWAY (#5, 3-1) As the dominant outside speed, this NY-bred colt and turf-savvy Lezcano could see a couple to their inside (Stage Street and No Distinction) go sailing away early, but this one has the gas to stay close enough. Those others have some holes (Stage Street, distance; No Distinction, never grassed; Central Banker, layoff), but this guy fits this just right. - Marty McGee

Saratoga Race 8, (4:49 ET) - LIVE LONGSHOT

CENTRAL BANKER (#4, 8-1) Idle since beating half the field in the Delta Jackpot last November, his seasonal bow comes in the Quick Call Stakes sprinting on the Mellon course, where he was a maiden winner as a 2-year-old. In 2012-13, trainer Al Stall has won with eight of 26 (30.7%) starters absent six months or longer. - Dave Litfin

Saratoga Race 8, (4:49 ET)

CENTRAL BANKER (#4, 8-1) Don't think this one goes off at listed price; though think 5 or 6-1 would be generous; there's a lot to like as his pair of turf races last year were solid, hails from a top barn and lures Rosario. – Churck Kuehhas

Saratoga Race 8, (4:49 ET)

THE BROTHERS WAR (#8, 6-1) won 3-of-4 at six furlongs or less in France, and drops out of tough Ascot Group 3 to face field of unproven quality - at least on turf; key to late multi-race exotics if anywhere near ML odds. - Mike Beer

Saratoga Race 10, (5:54 ET)

SHADOW ROCK (#5, 7-2) comes from a barn which wins at a decent rate with turf sprinters; the maiden score came in his only other start at this distance on the grass and his tactical speed, which served him well there, should mean another ideal trip behind an honest pace. - Kenny Peck


Saratoga Race 2, (1:35 ET)

CORFU (#1, 3-5) I know he's been working exceptionally well, and it is of course Pletcher, but ANY odds-on firster breaking from the rail with a short run to the turn has to be a horse worth betting against, no? Any kind of misstep and Corfu is going to have a tough time overcoming it, and there does seem to be a couple of runners with potential among his five rivals. - Kenny Peck

Saratoga Race 4, (2:39 ET)

WILLET (#5, 2-1) returns to state bred company off a dull showing in the G3 Bed O Roses, her first start in seven months, and although she appears to be training well since her last start, must prove she's the same horse she was last fall at what figures to be a short price. - Mike Welsch

Saratoga Race 9, (5:22 ET)

BEVERAGE QUEEN (#10, 5-2) Yes, she is the class of the field but this filly has the extreme outside post, is likely to be dead last entering the far turn in a race without a lot of pace, and will have to weave her way through the whole field; if she can overcome all that, so be it. - Chuck Kuehhas

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