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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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

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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



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Sunday, July 27, 2014


I Have No Disdain for Kiaran’s Horse, Honest!


Today's featured G3 Shuvee Handicap looks like the ideal spot for Antipathy (9-5) who was a game, come-again third to divisional leading Close Hatches in the G1 Ogden Phipps when last seen at Belmont.

Dropping two grades, stretching to 9 furlongs as a daughter of A.P. Indy, her controlling speed should allow her to dominate in this spot given a repeat effort, which, of course, is never a given.

Taking Antipathy to win, no price restrictions, and an exactas box with Spa and distance specialist, Flashy American, and adding Unlimited Budget (6-1) to the exotics mix.

Number of Selections since 2007: 1574

Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 478-306-242

Amount Wagered: $3,150 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,232.20

Profit to Date: $82.20

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