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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, September 25, 2008

Inside Passage the Inside Track to Value

It’s easy to pick out today’s top horses in today’s non-winners of 3 allowances going a mile at Belmont Park but it’s not easy to separate them. The major contenders are Inside Passage (6-1), Boca Grande (2-1) and Debbie Got Even (3-1).

Boca Grande is a worthy favorite. She’s classy, earns the best performance figures with consistency and maker her third start off a layup accompanied by a significant drop. There should be enough pace on to suit this late closer.

Inside Passage is back in her proper conditions after trying restricted stakes company in three recent starts. She’s a dual winner at today’s distance, has won over this surface, showing her preference by earning her best figure at Belmont Park. Eibar Coa is 21 percent efficient riding for Barclay Tagg, who, remarkably, is profitable lifetime after saddling nearly 500 horses at this venue.

Debbie Got Even has tactical speed, an excellent draw outside in a small field, competitive figures on best and with a style that should allow John Velazquez to put her in the sweet spot of this race and pounce when ready.

But we must take any value offered on Inside Passage to win at 4-1 or greater and an exacta and trifecta key first and second with her two rivals here, an extra ticket with Boca Grande.

Running Totals: (280) 86-57-32. Total Dollar Return: $515.80 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Chestoria Set to Break Through

Today’s turf feature at Belmont Park has the unlikely name of the Hey Babalulu Stakes for state-bred fillies at a mile and a sixteenth is an open betting race with some interesting possibilities. The early favorite likely will be the choice at post time, too. Rewrite, an earner of nearly $500,000, some of that in open company, is the most accomplished. She races forwardly placed, has Alan Garcia and the pole position. She’ll be a tough out.

The two interesting rivals in here are Factual Contender (6-1) and Chestoria (9-2). Factual Contender was used up opening a senselessly long lead in her Spa finale although, in defense of the rider, she was a bit of a run off. Today she goes first time for George Weaver, arguably having a career season. Further, she picks up turf ace John Velazquez.

Chestoria, meanwhile, might be the class of these. She’s been competitive in open graded company, absolutely loves this course and distance, and gets Lasix for the first time. She has excellent performance figures and if there ever was a time to break through, this would be it.

Taking Chestoria to win at 7-2 or greater, keying her in exactas first and second with her two rivals here.

Running Totals: (280) 86-57-32. Total Dollar Return: $515.80 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Sunday, September 21, 2008

Ouchy Night To Put Hurtin’ on Gimma Fillies

The final feature of the NYRA week is the Joseph A Gimma for state-bred juvenile fillies going seven furlongs. The three top fillies in it, from the inside out, are Mother Russia (4-1), Akilina (3-1) and Ouchy Night (5-1).

Mother Russia is 2-for-2, including a recent Finger Lakes Stakes in which she chased strong fractions throughout and showed grit enough to get it done. Mike Luzzi takes the re-ride but the filly comes back on relatively short rest and spot her main rivals five pounds.

Akilina showed improvement when getting Lasix two back to break her maiden then came back with a strong finish placing after altering course at a critical juncture. Rajiv Maragh has ridden her in all three starts, giving her experience in today‘s matchup.

Ouchy Night is very interesting. The figure she earned breaking her maiden is the best of the group, and it came over the Belmont oval. She then had a very rough trip in the G3 Schuylerville before coming back to finish second to Akilina in the Vichy after having trouble at the start. She reunites with Prado who was aboard for the fast maiden win.

We’ll taking Ouchy Night to win at 3-1 or greater and key her first and second in exactas and trifectas with her main rivals here.

Running Totals: (279) 86-56-32. Total Dollar Return: $515.80 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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