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, July 25, 2014


Buona Sera Cugini


The first of two Travers preps this weekend is today's Curlin Stakes for 3YO going 9 furlongs. There's no shortage of graded stakes-tested runners here, including Derby runner-up Commanding Curve but we'll take any value offered on Cousin Stephen.

Chad Brown trainee was looking like a possible classics contender but instead, after a brief freshening, returned at Parx with an extremely game score after being severely tested in the lane. Now he stretches out to his most effective distance, showing good development. The spacing is right and the switch to Johnny certainly doesn't hurt.

Taking Cousin Stephen to win at 4-1 or greater, an exacta box with Commanding Curve, and adding Protonico, Life In Shambles and Charge Now to the super-exotics mix.

Number of Selections since 2007: 1572

Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 478-305-242

Amount Wagered: $3,146 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,232.20

Profit to Date: $86.20

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Thursday, July 24, 2014


No Escaping Experience


The problem with today's featured Quick Call at Saratoga at 5-1/2 furlongs on the turf is that the "best horses" have not run on the grass. Taking our best hold, we'll stick with experience.

Escapist (8-1) is 2-for-2 in life on turf, overcoming a gate incident to win his 5F debut and then showing gameness when challenged late in a 6F Belmont allowances. The spacing is right and he appears to have the best blend of speed and stamina to withstand what figures to be a wicked pace. At least we'll be compensated nicely to find out.

Taking Escapist to win at 5-1 or greater and key-boxing exactas with a turf debut types from a top grass barn [Clement], and productive first-turf barn [Preciado]; Pure Sensation (3-1) and Favorite Tale (5-2).

Number of Selections since 2007: 1572

Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 479-305-242

Amount Wagered: $3,144 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,232.20

Profit to Date: $88.20

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Not So Tiny Dancer


Today's Saratoga feature is the Grade 2 Lake George, a very competitive turf stakes for 3YO fillies at a mile and a sixteenth. The only conceivable issue is the weather, with late thunderstorms in the forecast as this is written.

When last seen at Belmont Park, Daring Dancer (3-1) was completely flat, never an issue at any point. But her races before at today's trip indicated she's a likely graded stakes winner to come; this looks like the right spot.

The speedy race shape suits her style, she has shown quality and courage to overcome trouble previously, and the slightly shorter trip should only strengthen her late kick.

Taking Daring Dancer to win at 5-2 or greater {on turf only]. and key-boxing exactas with stakes winning A Little Bit Sassy (5-2) and undefeated-on-turf Daring Kathy (6-1) and adding impressive maiden breaker Speed Seeker (8-1) to the super-exotics mix.

Number of Selections since 2007: 1571

Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 478-305-242

Amount Wagered: $3,142 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,223.90

Profit to Date: $81.90

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