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, August 20, 2010

You Go Bet Girl

Today’s Saratoga feature is the female version of yesterday’s West Point, the Yaddo for fillies and mares 3 & up at nine furlongs.

On paper, the three shortest prices on the overnight line have the best chance and all are in with a good chance. It’s a matter of which variable you settle on.

We’ll eliminate Meriwether Jessica (5-1) from the top spot even if she had a strong and sharp recent because she’s not run this far, is not particularly bred for it and has not had success on this surface.

Chestoria (3-1) and You Go West Girl (4-1) come out of the same Spa two turner and each had a tough trip. While the former had a tougher trip in terms of trouble encountered, the latter had a far more difficult chore, trying to out kick Chestoria while racing wide behind a slow pace.

Taking You Go West Girl to win at 3-1 or greater and keying her first and second with her two main rivals here.

Running Totals: (711) 232-145-97 Total Dollar Return: $1,603.40 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, August 19, 2010

Straight Story is the Truth

Today’s Saratoga feature is the West Point on turf at 9 furlongs for New York breds, 3-year-olds and up and it’s attracted a field a talented horses, headed by Straight Story (5-2), Banrock (3-1) and Minnie Punt (9-2).

My first inclination is to box them up as good cases can be made for all. The latter was severely compromised by a dawdling pace in an open class stakes at Monmouth last out. Old pro Banrock has won half his six starts at Saratoga with two seconds and is a six-time winner at the distance.

But Straight Story has grown into a force at 4, even in open company, and, in fact, mid-moved, reaching even terms for the lead in the 11-furlong, Grade 1 United Nations only to get grabbed from behind by a talented Euro type, beaten two lengths for it all. Previously came two open length victories vs. state-breds at today’s distance at Belmont Park.

Taking Straight Story to win at 8-5 or greater and keying him first and second in multiple with his two rivals listed here.

Running Totals: (710) 231-145-97 Total Dollar Return: $1,599.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Today’s Saratoga feature is the Troy Stakes, an overnighter for older turf sprinters going 5-½ furlongs. While Linda Rice has an uncoupled threesome in here, reminiscent of the time she finished 1-2-3 in a Saratoga turf stakes. That doesn’t figure to be the case here.

Silver Timber (8-5) simply has too much class, too much ability on the performance scale, too much versatility, a coveted inside position and is reunited with Julien Leparoux, who’s won with three of his four recent rides aboard the 7-year-old gelding for Chad Brown, rolling right along at 38 percent efficiency at this meet.

Taking Silver Timber to win, no price restrictions, and exacta key boxes with recent tough-tripper Yield Bogey (6-1) and Spa lover Ahvee's Destiny (5-1).

Running Totals: (709) 231-145-97 Total Dollar Return: $1,599.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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