Let’s look at a good-priced runner in Friday’s third at Saratoga.
Race 3 – Maiden Special Weight (F&M, 11 furlongs, turf) – This maiden special weight for marathon fillies features a few runners stretching out and one especially should thrive on the extra distance: #3 Soar Once More (10-1). She’s of Breeders Cup F&M Turf winner Soaring Softly, who was 2-2 going this 11 furlong distance and 4-4 going at least 10 furlongs. While Soaring Softly did not foal a horse between 2009 and 2012, she did drop Manitoulin in 2013 (one year before Soar Once More). Manitoulin has earned almost $200,000 on the grass and has really improved when stretched out in distance.
Soar Once More’s start two-back was the race that we were most impressed with, going a mile, being forced wide and putting in a nice rally in a strong field behind two Chad Brown runners. Her last race doesn’t look great on paper, but she ended up forced out in the 4-5 path into the lane in a race that was dominated by runners that saved ground (though Soar Once More did save ground until being angled off the rail mid-way on the far turn). Most notably though, the extra distance should really help.
UPDATE – She did not run well at all, beating one horse, a longshot that was eased.