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Saratoga Race 7, 7 furlongs Grade One (3:10 ET)
Best Value Play: #8 Street Story (10/1)
Most Likely Winner: #2 La Verdad (5/2)
Other Contenders: #3 Merry Meadow (7/2), #6 Dame Dorothy (3/1)
Analysis: La Verdad only experienced one hiccup in the past year and that is when she played the high weight game with the boys. Other than that she has been a monster that remains in top form and appears to have her mind on creating havoc for her foes just like Donald Trump. Merry Meadow has a tremendous resume with a high win and in the money percentages. She will try this field after posting a big victory in Miami and rested. Dame Dorothy looks to be in top form, rested and could benefit with an off the pace run from the outside. And, she is trained by Pletcher. Street Story should be a good price and she runs for Asmussen, who can never be dismissed. She has a chance if Lezcano exercises patience with her and lets her settle back. Don’t forget, she has a family relationship with the great Zenyatta.
Saratoga Race 8, 7 furlongs Grade One (3:47 ET)
Best Value Play: #4 Watershed (8/1)
Most Likely Winner: #3 Competitive Edge (7/2)
Other Contenders: #2 Grand Bill (5/1) #7 Holy Boss (6/1)
Analysis: Competitive Edge is much better than his last two races. For some reason he didn’t fire at Belmont and he really didn’t belong with American Pharoah in his last. This guy is a one turn horse and that is what he gets on Travers Day. Johnny V. gets back on board for Pletcher and the son of a Derby winner obviously likes the SPA. Grand Bill may lack graded stakes experience but his speed numbers show he can run with these and his sire line says “sprint.” Holy Boss is an Asmussen colt on his way up with four straight wins, plus his last at Saratoga was impressive. Watershed has only broken his maiden and he did that three weeks ago at the SPA, and posted a huge number. He may lack stakes experience but his breeding suggests his blood is blue. His connections are a Sheikh and trainer McLaughin, and these two collect a lot of trophies.