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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Saturday, April 19, 2008

New Day Dawns Golden

Today’s feature, the Grade 2 Bed o’ Roses Handicap at 7 furlongs boasts some very speedy, classy and consistent fillies. Some enter the fray in career form.

From the end of her 3-year-old season, Lady Marlboro (7-2) has really gotten her game together. After winning an overnight stakes at today’s distance at Belmont, she suffered a nose loss at a mile in the G2 Top Flight. She made her 4-year-old debut a winning one, finishing in a dead heat for first in the G3 Sabin. Trainer Jimmy Jerkens is 23 percent effective with returnees from long layups and Javier Castellano is 2-for-3 on the filly, including the head-bon loss in the Top flight.

Sutra (9-2) ships up extremely sharp from Oaklawn Park. She comes from an extremely fast 6-furlong event and her only defeat over today’s distance came in the G2 Beaumont on Polytrack. Classy enough to win the G1 Frizette as a juvenile under today’s rider, Mike Luzzi, her last was a career best effort. If she doesn’t react adversely to that Oaklawn sprint, she will take catching.

Golden Dawn (8-5) not only looks like the right favorite but the most probable winner as well. Freshened following her 7-furlong, key race score in the G2 Barbara Fritchie, she returns to a surface over which she’s 1-for-1. If there’s a hotter combination on the grounds than Mike Hushion and Channing Hill, I’m not sure who they are. Three-for-four since switching to the Hushion barn, she developed beautifully over the past six months.

Taking Golden Dawn to win at 6-5 or greater and keying her first and second in exactas and trifectas with her main rivals here.

Running Totals: (195) 65-42-22. Total Dollar Return: $405.60 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, April 18, 2008

Striking Tomisue To Win Battle of Florida Shippers

Friday’s feature is a secondary allowances/optional claiming event for older fillies going a flat mile. This race should be decided between the shippers: So Glitzy (3-1) and Striking Tomisue (5-2).

So Glitzy hails from the Allen Jerkens shed, traditionally a very strong factor with his Florida returnees to the New York circuit each spring. The four-year-old ships up sharp and is a mile specialist. She’s won half of her four starts at this trip with one placing. In five other career starts at different distances, she could only manage a single third-place finish. Young Channing Hill is riding in excellent form and he should compliment her mid-move/late run style.

Striking Tomisue, however, is a tad faster, a lot fresher and fit’s the race shape very well as the controlling speed. The fact that she leaves from the outside post in the short field is to her benefit and she’s been working extremely well for her return at her Florida training base at Palm Meadows. The position-conscious Cornelio Velasquez should suit the Nick Zito trainee perfectly.

Taking Striking Tomisue to win at 8-5 or greater and an exacta box with So Glitzy.

Running Totals: (194) 64-42-22. Total Dollar Return: $401.80 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, April 17, 2008

It’s Irish Majesty, Mate

Today’s feature, a starter handicap for horses that have run for $25,000 in the last year, could pass for an out-of-town stakes somewhere. A short field chock full with hard-hitting veterans from live outfits. Irish Majesty (3-1), Angelic Aura (7-2) and Hurrah (4-1) loom the major contenders.

Irish Majesty is the stronger half the Gary Contessa-trained entry. Not only has the five-year-old gelding come into his own but he’s a specialist of sorts; a three-time winner at nine furlongs and undefeated in his lone start on the Aqueduct main track. Earning a cyclical pace top in his latest, he figures to be in this hunt throughout and has the kick to sprint home.

Angelic Aura makes his second start for the David Jacobson barn, a favorable 19 percent scenario. He looms the speed of the speed here, has shown a preference for this circuit, and switches to the patient Javier Castellano, who’s more than capable of nursing this veteran’s early lick. He will take catching.

Hurrah earns consistently high performance figures and has been popular at the claim box, twice claimed for double the price that qualifies him to enter this handicap. He was eased over a sloppy track sprinting last out, conditions to which he was unsuited by either surface or distance. Qualified from the starting gate in order to start here, we have every confidence that the gelding will rebound with a good performance. His best race can win this.

But we’re taking Irish Majesty to win, at 5-2 or greater, and keying him first and second in exactas with his two main rivals.

Running Totals: (193) 64-41-22. Total Dollar Return: $401.80 [win selections only]

{Ed. Note: Please notice that no change was made to the totals posted beneath Wednesday's analysis. While it was our intent to select Cosmic to win, as the commentary indicates, we named the wrong horse in error. For accounting purposes, we are not taking the credit nor the blame, treating the selection as no contest. We apologize for the error and regret the confusion it caused.}

Written by John Pricci


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