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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, January 29, 2015


I’m Following a Moonwalker, Moonwalker, Moonwalker


If there's anything more dangerous than a sharp, course-loving distance and surface specialist it's one that's been claimed into the barn of Peter Walder, 25% effective first time off the claim.

He was a very good third after altering course in a rapidly run turf sprint and now switches to Paco, in a zone right now, and is drawn nicely outside and his tactical speed should ensure a winning trip.

Taking Moonwalker (3-1) to win at 5-2 or greater and key-boxing exactas with Shadow Rock (5-1), turning back to his winning distance, and Manofmanyvirtues (9-2) who closed strongly as the pace was heating up last out.

Number of Selections since 2007: 1681

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 504-326

Amount Wagered: $3,362 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,478.60

Profit to Date: $116.60

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015


That’s the Spirit


Today's Gulfstream feature is an optional/secondary allowances going 7-1/2 furlongs on turf and, as one might expect, it's a skull-buster. We won't overthink this puzzle and will land on Sachem Spirit (5-2) as the most probable winner.

His career best run came over this course last out and the mini-turn-back suits the race dynamics and this horse's best style. Better yet, he's a versatile runner that won his last from off the pace but has also front-run to victory. Corey Lanerie is on the re-ride for Eddie Kenneally, who's 19% effective with potential repeaters.

Taking Sachem Spirit to win at early line odds or greater, and key-boxing him in all multiple pools with sharp course-lover Hothersal (8-1), price shot Saucy Don (15-1), picking up Javier, and Dangerous Lad (7-2), in the live hands of both Kathleen O'Connell and Edgard Zayas.

Number of Selections since 2007: 1680

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 503-326

Amount Wagered: $3,360 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,473.20

Profit to Date: $113.20

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Sunday, January 25, 2015


Easy As 123BET


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The current featured track is Parx Racing. The following is a profile of races 5 through 10.


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123BET Pick 6 PARX RACING JANUARY 25, 2015

FIFTH: 4-NILE SEEKER (5-1) drops to career low level in first start for Nations, 33% efficient with his newcomers and 35% with maiden claimers and should benefit from recent freshening. 1-DANNY OCEAN (5-2) was entered vs. tougher in last Sunday’s cancelled program and still returns properly spotted for Reid in first run since haltered. 7-Paddington Express (15-1) ships north from Florida going turf to dirt and meets weaker; was willing third in lone dirt try.

SIXTH: 9-ROXBURY AND OVERTON (7-2) has done little wrong and enters this off New Pace Top; set for best go now. 7-MAXWELL’S SILVERHAMMER (6-1) never has taken a backward step on the Energy Ratings scale; could prove key to this. 11-We Miss Anthony (20-1) entered this off New Pace Top going longer and hybrid distance might suit perfectly; wakeup prospects.

SEVENTH: 3-DISCREETLY PLACED (5-1) placed gamely behind buzz-saw winner last out, earning improved Energy Rating, now stretches around two turns with suitable pedigree; very good value at early line odds. 1-EL POSOLE (5-2) earned excellent Performance ratings in both lifetime starts and draws the pole for two-turn debut; Preciado profitable first time going long and attracts live apprentice Ritvo.

EIGHTH: 1-KISS ME FOREVER (5-2) made mid-race move and held very well now turns back to more suitable sprint distance. 11-My Blue Ribbon (7-2) earned competitive Energy Ratings in both recent starts; serious rival. 2-Amblin Easy (12-1) enters this off New Pace Top. 5-Miticketcecilia (20-1) worked fast for this and 3-for-5 on this surface.

NINTH: 7-FAT KAT (9-2) enters this off delayed Pace Top going turf to dirt for barn effective in that scenario; lifetime best Energy Rating at this trip three back. 4-Shoplift (4-1) seldom fails to fire and is suited by speed race shape. 3-Pixie Dust (3-1) earned excellent figure score this trip and attracts Ritvo. 2-Burn Control (5-2) drops into allowances off Laurel Stakes and reunites with Carmouche.

TENTH: 2-TYJAR (9-2) woke up with explosive performance in last, showing improvement after changing connections in late 2014; barn has excellent record with repeaters and is placed properly with N3L rivals. 7-Delayed Engagement (10-1) never has run this cheaply and earned life-best Energy Rating at this trip four back. 12-City’s Fast Lane (5-2) drops two classes and shift to outside slip could help. 5-D J Manlove (7-2) earned competitive figure last out but turns back with slightly quicker set.

SUGGESTED 123 P6 PLAY: 1.4 with 7.9 with 1.3 with 1 with 7 with 2---$16

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BEST UPSET POTENTIAL:

Race 5: Paddington Express (15-1)
Race 6: We Miss Anthony (20-1)
Race 8: Miticketcecilia (20-1)
Race 10: Delayed Engagement (10-1)


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Running Totals Upset Plays Dec. 28, 2014-Jan. 11, 2015: (9) 2-1-0

Win Bets: $18 Return on Investment: $44.80

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For purposes of the FRA for today, taking Fat Kat (9-2) is the eighth race to win at 3-1 or greater.

Number of Selections since 2007: 1680

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 503-326

Amount Wagered: $3,360 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,473.20

Profit to Date: $113.20


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