Handicapping

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Strong Hope(s) Abound in Forego Handicap

Eleven older horses passed the entry box for Saturday's Forego Handicap (gr. I), the last grade I event on the Saratoga calendar as the 36-day meet draws to a close at the end of the Labor Day weekend. The highweight in the seven-furlong race is Strong Hope at 118 pounds.

Adoration Pegged at 8-5 for Arlington Matron

Millionaire Adoration, last year's Breeder's Cup Distaff (gr. I) winner, will try for her third stakes win of the year when she takes on eight fillies and mares under top weight of 123 pounds in Saturday's Arlington Matron Handicap (gr. III).

Soaring Free Top Choice for Play the King

Coming off a record-shattering performance in the Ontario Jockey Club Stakes at seven furlongs, Sam-Son Farm's Soaring Free returns to his favorite turf course at Woodbine Saturday for the $173,400 Play the King Stakes (Can-III).

Park Avenue Ball Vs. Pletcher Trio in Sapling

Park Avenue Ball, winner of the local Tyro Stakes on July 31, tries graded stakes company for the first time in Saturday's $100,000 Sapling Stakes (gr. III) for 2-year-olds at Monmouth Park. Lining up with him in the gate will be a three-prong attack from trainer Todd Pletcher and Flash Stakes (gr. III) winner Primal Storm.

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