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.

In addition to his race analysis, John will provide commentary in a weekly "On the Line" column and daily blogs under the "Pricci's Morning Line" banner.

Friday, December 11, 2009

What Happens at the Big A, Stays in Queens

Another feature in name only, and another very difficult to beat favorite. Try as I could, I’m not able to take a shot against Jimmy Vegas (7-5) and feel like I have a real chance.

Coupled in the betting with Hue And Cry, she’s never taken a backward step in three career starts, her best effort first time going long and over today’s surface, and that with trouble at a critical juncture.

Drawn inside and owning a versatile running style, Rosie Napravnik should have her in position until ready. And if you haven’t seen the lady ride, you’re in for a treat. Don’t mean this to be sexist but, she finishes like a man.

Taking Jimmy Vegas to win, no price restrictions, and keying him in the multiples with the improving J L Bernstein (4-1), and alos price shot Goodbyeandgoodluck (10-1), who owns deceptively good performance figures on this track and is favorably weighted under a live apprentice.

Running Totals: (559) 175-111-78 Total Dollar Return: $1,210.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, December 10, 2009

Saarlight, Saarbright

Today’s Aqueduct feature is a secondary allowances, optional claiming for fillies and mares sprinting six furlongs.

The connections of Saarlight (6-5), scratched from Saturday’s stakes won by Awesome Ashley, must have known they had this spot in their pocket for this talented, speedy miss who’s returning from a long layup.

As you might suspect, this spot’s easier, a lot easier. No one in here was recently competitive with graded stakes rivals, as Saturday’s field was, and no one appears to own the kind of quality speed that can threaten this miss, early or late. Consequently, we have little choice than the obvious.

Taking Saarlight to win, no price restrictions, and an exacta box with Motor City Mama (6-1), a six furlong specialist and three-time surface winner.

Running Totals: (558) 174-111-78 Total Dollar Return: $1,207.40 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Don’t Get in a Snit Over Today’s Feature

Today’s overnight Snit Stakes for fillies and mares going a mile and a sixteenth has attracted a full, competitive field and should prove a good betting race for horses that have not won an open stakes this year.

While we hate to back at three-year-old giving weight to older runners, we love backing three-year-olds against elders who get good late in the season and, more often than not, continue to develop.

All this seems the case with Love’s Blush (7-2), a streaking Maryland bred shipping up for the erstwhile Rodney Jenkins, who brings along Travis Dunkelberger for the ride. Don’t want to suggests he rides for this outfit, as he’s “only” riding at a 45% pace over the last two months while an overall remarkable 30 percent for the year.

Coming off a New Pace Top, he has tactical speed, kick, draws the pole for the short run into the first turn and appears to suit the race shape nicely in here.

Taking Love’s Blush to win at 3-1 or greater, and keying her first and second in exactas with the sharp Tidal Dance (9-2) and the quick-returning distance specialist Successful Sarah (12-1).

Running Totals: (558) 174-111-78 Total Dollar Return: $1,207.40 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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