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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Friday, December 19, 2014


Speedy Filly Seeking Stall Space


In order to make today's play, we're going to need some assistance from the Gods of the AEs.

We truly hope that Speed Seeker gets in. A Canadian graded stakes winner meeting secondary allowance types, Joan Scott trainee also benefits from the turn-back to 7-1/2 furlongs, keep the two-turn integrity of this turf event, and reunites with Luis Contreras, aboard for both of her lifetime victories.

Heatseeker filly has laudable versatility, winning both from on and off the pace, and has run well in graded stakes in this country and subtly has run well without coming close in those events. Tough post? Yes. Hopefully this insures a square price.

Taking Speed Seeker to win, no price restrictions, exacta boxes with surface and distance specialist Hillhouse High and the speedy, well drawn Kiama, adding price shots Interesting, WIll to Shine and Diva Meg to the super-exotics mix.

Number of Selections since 2007: 1660

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 500-323

Amount Wagered: $3,320 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,461.20

Profit to Date: $141.20 {Wednesday & Thursday results not included}

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Thursday, December 18, 2014


I Ask You: What Could Possibly Top a Race Day


You can tell you're at a major meet with a big horse population when secondary allowances 3 & UP fill generously, such as in today's 8th from GP on the turf.

A good mix of early, middle and late speed and we will opt for one in the latter category: Race Day--even if it's never started on grass. But it's a first-time Team Todd/Johnny, is bred both sides for turf and distance, and is developing beautifully.

After two sprint runs, it cam with a very strong late finish to break maiden at KEE, and repeated in CD allowances, posting a New Pace Top. Has worked thrice in his new barn at PBD, including two sharp half-mile breezes, his last of the bullet variety.

Taking Race Day to win, no price restrictions, boxing an exacta with late developing gelded 4YO Aripeka, and adding the nicely developing Tryer, and class-toughened Bashart to the super-exotics mix.

Number of Selections since 2007: 1660

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 500-323

Amount Wagered: $3,320 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,461.20

Profit to Date: $141.20 {Wednesday results not included}

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014


Tis the Season for Angel Falls


Today's Gulfstream feature is a beauty; preliminary allowance 2-year-old fillies going a mile and a sixteenth on the turf. It's as competitive as you might readily suspect it would be.

We left four of the 11 entrants open but for this exercise, we will concentrate on Angel Falls--bad post and all.

She comes up to her fifth lifetime start off a good race-bad race pattern and today looks like good day. Two starts back she earned lifetime best figure on our Energy Rating scale while beaten a length in an overnight stakes before returning to break maiden 21 days later. We think the quick turnaround and moderate pace helped produce the slow figure.

She comes into this seven weeks fresh, profitable spacing for the Azpurua barn, and returns to her preferred course with a switch to Contreras--Prado electing to stick with the Pletcher filly.

Taking Angel Falls to win at 6-1 or greater and key-boxing her in all exotic positions with Pletcher's recent graduate Back Flip (7-2), Graham Motion stretch-out Miss Temple City (9-2), and invading, barn-changing price shot, Loon River (10-1).

Number of Selections since 2007: 1660

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 500-323

Amount Wagered: $3,320 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,461.20

Profit to Date: $141.20

Written by John Pricci

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