Pricci's Free Daily Feature Race Analysis

Five days per week and every racing day during the Saratoga meet, John Pricci will provide horse racing selections of that day's feature race. When the racing schedule dictates otherwise, there will be analysis from other major thoroughbred Tracks. Check back here 5 days a week for free horse racing selections.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

It’s Awesome Baby

New York breds take center stage as the featured race on the flat today is the Evan Shipman at 9 furlongs. It's a field of 8 with a nice blend of speed, mid-range types and late runners.

And did I mention a distance specialist who likes the course?

That would be Awesome Vision (4-1), who's compiled a worthy (4) 2-1-0 slate at this trip and is (2) 1-1-0 at the Spa. Add the fact that trainer Albertrani is 22% profitable in LAY-3 scenarios and the veteran comes up to his preferred distance perfectly off graduating distances and you have a reasonable formula for pari-mutuel success.

Taking Awesome Again to win, no price restrictions, and keying him first and second in multiples with the razor sharp Big Business (9-5), and Escapefromreality (3-1), who had his prep, like the Spa and should be ready to roll here..

Number of Selections since 2007: 1577

Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 480-306-243

Amount Wagered: $3,156 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,245.10

Profit to Date: $89.10

Written by John Pricci

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Live Barn; Live Euro

Today's Spa feature is an interesting one; the 5-1/2 furlong Coronation Cup for 3YO fillies on the turf.

As you might expect, there is no shortage of speed, given the conditions, but there are some fast fillies making their turf debuts vs. salty rivals, never an enviable chore. So we'll take one with turf experience, even if it never has run here.

Stars Above Me (5-1) is making her U.S. debut for Graham Motion. Her five lifetime starts have come on grass but her early speed works against her there but is a plus here. Adding first Lasix and the trainer change, both profitable scenarios, also augurs well.

Taking Stars Above Me at 3-1 or greater and an exacta box with Ruslana (12-1), Paco Lopez in for the mount from Wesley Ward, and distance specialist Recoupe (7-2).

Number of Selections since 2007: 1576

Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 479-306-243

Amount Wagered: $3,154 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,238.60

Profit to Date: $84.60

Written by John Pricci

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Taking a Closer the Honorable Thing To Do

Today's feature is the Grade 2 Honorable Miss Stakes for 3YO fillies and up sprinting 6 furlongs and there is no shortage of talented females, but most of them are long on early speed. Unless a drying out surface is carrying speed all the way, a pace meltdown seems assured. That's points to Mark Henning's filly.

Merry Meadow (5-1) has shown marked improvement this season at 4, is the quintessential stretch-running sprinter, especially given today's trip and is nicely drawn outside, which should give her first run into the lane.

Taking Merry Meadow to win at 4-1 or greater, boxing the exacta with the prolific La Verdad (2-1) and adding My Wandy's Girl (7-2) and the blinker-less Red Velvet (12-1) to the exotics mix.

Number of Selections since 2007: 1575

Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 479-306-242

Amount Wagered: $3,152 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,238.60

Profit to Date: $86.60

Written by John Pricci

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