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.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Pretty As a Picture

Today’s New York feature is the Grade 2 Tom Fool featuring the best sprinter in the country, Fabulous Strike (6-5), who’s really underappreciated. He runs fast race after race after race. He can set or sit off the pace and never seems to be affected by the pace no matter how fast.

Now you won’t get rich but it seems worth trying to beat him today with the three-year-old Munnings (2-1). The Todd Pletcher colt has shown remarkable development from two to three, undeniably growing into that tremendous frame that was on display at Saratoga last summer.

Younger, he gets 11 pounds from Fabulous Strike, not insignificant, and his outside draw in this small field can prove a huge tactical edge, with the favorite breaking from the rail. Johnny Velazquez rides.

Taking Munnings to win at 2-1 or greater and an exacta box with Fabulous Strike.

Running Totals: (455) 136-94-62 Total Dollar Return: $957.40 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, July 04, 2009

Upset at the Shore

For an analysis of the Salvator Mile at Monmouth Park, see Pricci Morning Line on the HRI lead page

In today’s Salvator Mile at Monmouth Park, taking Coal Play to win at 7-2 or greater and an exacta box with Smooth Air.

Running Totals: (454) 135-94-62 Total Dollar Return: $943.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, July 03, 2009

Smart, Not Too Fancy

Today’s Belmont feature, the restricted Caress Stakes for fillies and mares going six furlongs on the turf, has drawn a fairly eclectic group of females. However, the best of these appears to be early line favorite Smart and Fancy (5-2).

The Tony Dutrow trained 6-year-old is everything you’d want in a turf sprinter: speed, grit and excellent performance figures. Add to that, a race shape that should find her stalking the anticipated pacesetter Lucky Copy who’s making her first start in almost a year, good spacing, a strong workline since her recent season’s debut while retaining leading rider Dominguez.

The danger here is the unknown in the form of Masada (10-1) making her U. S. debut for Christophe Clement with a first-time Lasix, first-time 4-year-old angle. Clement is profitable with first-time U.S. runners and Rajiv Maragh has been the go-to rider of choice recently. The early line odds seem way out of line.

But we must take the talented, highly consistent Smart and Fancy at no lower than 8-5, and an exacta box with Masada and Mohegan Sky (6-1), who's best figures have come on Belmont Park turf.

Running Totals: (453) 135-94-61 Total Dollar Return: $943.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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