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, January 16, 2009

Newman a Newcolt for Amoss

The parade of starter allowance sprints as the Aqueduct feature race has been interrupted by the bitter cold. With New York canceling today‘s racing program, we’ll shift our focus to the Fair Grounds for a preliminary allowances feature on the turf for older horses at one mile, where trainer Tom Amoss appears to have his colleagues over a barrel in this spot.

Ordinary Newman (3-1) showed marked improvement off the barn change in his Fair Grounds try last out, making a strong surge to lead with a 4-wide run off the second turn but tired late. This turf course tests stamina greatly and the move might have been premature. Still, he beat 10 other rivals and has worked five times since that early December effort. With the turf skilled James Graham, he will take a lot of beating.

The interesting potential price play in here is Kiss My Kriss (6-1) who returns for a barn quite adept with horses coming off lengthy layups with a worthy 18 percent strike rate.

When last seen on grass, ‘Kriss’ was hindered by a slow pace, and today’s delayed turf decline line augurs well for his return to a winning surface and distance. With added maturity, the 4-year-old gelding could surprise this group at more than fair odds. Worth a saver at 8-1 or greater.

But we’re compelled to take Ordinary Newman to win at minimum odds of 5-2, and keying him first and second in trifectas with Kiss My Kriss, the Equiform-figure competitive Asmussen trainee, Logan’s Pride (4-1), the 1-for-1 Say the Word (6-1) with Robby Albarado on the re-ride, while keeping an eye on also-eligible Mad And Royal (8-1). Also as an exacta key with Logan’s Pride and Kiss My Kriss.

Running Totals: (345) 103-71-46. Total Dollar Return: $731.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, January 15, 2009

He’s Not Booing, He’s Saying…

Another starter allowances sprint masquerading as a feature race and half the six-horse field can win it; Forty Third Recon (5-1), Ghost Story (5-2) and Moose Man (3-1).

Gary Contessa looks like he’s up to his old tricks with Forty Third Recon, making a quick turnaround from his last start as he returns on eight days rest. This colt appears highly likely to improve on the bounce-rebound pattern, given the dreaded double top two starts back.

Ghost Story has a similar profile. His debut figure at Calder was excellent but came back with a sub-par performance in his local debut. By definition he is the fastest runner on Equiform figures but knowing which way he will go is not an easy read. The best guess is that he moves forward.

Moose Man’s last was excellent, a good figure score with excellent energy distribution, his space is excellent coming back fresh, and the Steve Klesaris outfit is hitting on all cylinders, both here and at the Fair Grounds. His tactical speed and outside draw in a short field provide an advantage, and a narrow edge here.

Taking Moose Man to win at 5-2 or greater and keying him first and second in exactas and trifectas.

Running Totals: (344) 103-71-46. Total Dollar Return: $731.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Expecting a Small Fortune

There’s no such thing as a free lunch, but today’s nominal feature for sprinting fillies doesn’t look complicated at all. Of the seven entered in the starter allowances, three figure much better than the rest. Faithful One (5-2), Kiss And Fly (5-1) and She’s My Fortune (2-1) all appear all for a top try.

Faithful One has shown much improved speed with maturity and her last two performance figures indicate another forward move is coming. She has experience, good early speed and can finish. Seven weeks fresh and returning for top connections (Levine/Maragh), she’ll take catching.

Kiss And Fly is interesting in that her form is similar to the choice’s and owns more than one victory, after qualifying for this condition by breaking her maiden for a $50,000 tag or less. With Chad Brown profitable in his first start with new acquisitions, indeed, profitable for his young and promising career, and with Ramon Dominguez in the boot, she’s very tempting at early line odds.

She’s My Fortune, meanwhile, is the likely post time favorite and frankly deserves to be. She’s fastest on performance figures, comes back with good spacing (six weeks), and she fits the race shape ideally, able to stalk the pace comfortably on the outside in a small field before pouncing for Tony Dutrow and Channing Hill.

Taking She’s My Fortune to win at 2-1 or greater and keying her first and second in exactas and trifectas with her rivals here.

Running Totals: (343) 103-71-46. Total Dollar Return: $731.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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