Pricci's Free Daily Feature Race Analysis

Whenever his daily work schedule permits, HorseRaceInsider executive editor John Pricci will analyze that day's feature race from a major thoroughbred-racing jurisdiction.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Second Verse Same As the First

Plenty of stakes action on the final Saturday of Saratoga 145 but none more significant than the G1 Woodward--even with the return of Horse of the Year Wise Dan following colic surgery in the G2 Baruch.

Try as I might, I couldn't honestly beat favorite Moreno (2-1), even if his Whitney runner-up, Itsmyluckyday (5-2), is adding blinkers and draws the pole.

But it's hard to envision where Whitney winner Moreno won't control the pace once again, putting his rivals in a damned-of-you-do-and-if-you-don't scenario. Further, he reaffirmed his affinity for this surface in the Whitney and returned to work brilliantly last weekend for this.

Taking Moreno to win, no price restrictions, an exacta key-box first and second with Itsmyluckyday and the freshened Zivo (5-1), and adding surface lover Micromanage (8-1) and the newly blinkered Norumbega (10-1) to the super-exotics mix.

Number of Selections since 2007: 1603

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Profit to Date: $83.20

Written by John Pricci


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