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, June 12, 2009

It’s Not HBO, It’s Cable

Today’s Belmont Park feature technically is the Kashatreya Stakes for stat-breds going as the third race. But since it’s a five-horse field featuring a 1-5 early line favorite, we’ll pass.

Not that the eighth race will make you rich, but the turf route in very competitive and we think the possibility of getting the early line odds on Cable (2-1) is real.

Making his local debut this season for Christophe Clement, he went 2-for-2 last season, both starts at today’s distance and one over the Belmont turf.

Cable’s season debut was a good one, a competitive figure effort on Polytrack at Keeneland despite lugging in and hindering his rider. That route proved key, producing two next out winners.

Switching to leading rider Ramon Dominguez, we’ll take Cable to win at 2-1 or greater and keying her first and second in trifectas with Encanto Park (7-2), Senior Rita Lady (8-1) and Viva La Flag (5-2).

[Unlike yesterday’s selection, we like this play on turf only].

Running Totals: (443) 133-92-58 Total Dollar Return: $921.60 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Chief Has the Right of Way in Today’s Belmont Feature

Today’s feature at Belmont Park, especially if it remains on the turf, is highly competitive. This preliminary allowances at 7 furlongs is fraught with possibilities, leaving no choice but to opt for fair odds.

We believe that’s what you’re getting with Right Of Way (6-1), racing in career form for Allen Jerkens. He is a horse that has found his niche in middle-distance sprints of seven-eighths or a mile, the three-year-old gelding coming to hand at mid-season.

After winning an off-the-turfer at Gulfstream, he had his second start on turf with an impossible trip, dueling throughout while between horses in a two-turn mile, this after showing some promise with an off-the-pace third in his turf debut as a late season two-year-old on this course.

Last time, in his return to Belmont at today’s distance, he sat third until ready, mid-moved to command on the turn, took the lead, and held the late runners safe. It was a career best performance figure and Jerkens wisely gave him time and awaited the next logical spot at his winning distance. Cornelio Velasquez rides him back for owner Elisabeth Jerkens who runs under the family’s Hardwicke Stable banner.

Taking Right Of Way to win at 6-1 or greater and boxing him in exactas with the streaking Golden Weekend (7-2) and Strike Again (3-1), turning back into a sprint for white hot connections and exiting a race that produced three next out winners.

Running Totals: (442) 132-92-58 Total Dollar Return: $909.60 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Stats Dominate Today’s Feature

Today’s Belmont feature is a non-winners of three/optional claiming event at one mile. Even though it attracted only six runners, two of which are coupled. But it’s a competitive mile with an opportunity to score. That’s, of course, if Torpedo Run (6-1) can remain undefeated at the distance.

There’s reason to believe he can. His performance figures are among the fastest of the group. The four-year-old gelding has come into his own this spring and after a brief freshening, he returned with an apparent sprint prep for this.

We say it was an apparent sprint because he returns to a proper level, reunites with Carlos Quinones, who rides him like he owns him, and he’s stretching out for Gary Capuano, a profitable 38 percent when stretching sprint to route--with a sizable sample. There’s plenty of early speed to set up his strong mid-race move.

Taking Torpedo Run to win at 5-1 or greater.

Running Totals: (441) 132-92-58 Total Dollar Return: $909.60 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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