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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, July 04, 2013


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Several added money events on the holiday card with the G3 Poker at one mile on turf for males the main attraction.

Clearly, Data Link (6-5) is a deserving low-priced favorite. He was second by a length to Wise Dan in the G1 Makers 46 Mile, that placing added to his three wins in 7 turf trips. But he's not won at Belmont Park and totes 123 pounds.

Competition comes from Christophe Clement's hard-trying NYB-bred Lubash (5-1), the extremely sharp course loving King Kreesa (4-1) a winner of half his 6 starts on this course and half of his 4 starts at the distance.

The interesting runner is Upgrade (10-1), with Johnny Velazquez for the under-appreciated Michelle Nihei. Beaten by 5 lengths in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint, he was a good third in a Canadian G2 last out, he owns 3 exacta finishes including a win over the course and is a three-time winner at the distance in nine starts with two runner-up finishes.

Still, we must take the favorite, no price restrictions, and an exacta key-box first and second with Upgrade and King Kreesa. Exotic players can add Howe Great (6-1) off a trainer change and the presence of Rosario to their mix..


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