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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Thursday, July 23, 2009


Hushion Heating Up in Time for Saratoga


Pretty interesting nominal feature at Belmont Park, a secondary allowances/optional claimer for state-bred fillies going seven furlongs on the turf. It appears a three-horse affair among Nedjma (7-2), Southside Babe (9-2) and Acquired Cat (4-1).

Nedjma is making her second start off a long layup for Mike Hushion, who has this filly well spotted with this group. Hushion is profitable in all relevant categories, not only with his second-off layup runners, but with allowance and turf types as well.

Nedjma looked short of condition when a rallying third on June 24 and came back to work twice subsequently, including a sharp half-mile breeze on July 17. Hushion’s stock is running well right now as he gears up for Saratoga and she handles any ground.

The competition comes from Southside Babe, also making her second start off a layoff and second for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin with Alan Garcia on the re-ride. Dropping into an optional claimer from state-bred stakes company, the barn is also profitable with second-off layup returnees and on turf. The Turnback from 8.5 furlongs might suit perfectly.

Acquired Cat proved to be a good claim for Dominic Galluscio, who won off the claim with a rise to this class and he’s waited nearly two months to find an identical spot. Like Southside Babe, she’s a four-time turf winner and a distance specialist given two wins and a placing in three 7-furlong turf starts.

In a competitive one, we’re taking Nedjma to win at 7-2 or greater and boxing her in exactas with Southside Babe and Acquired Cat. Trifecta players can add price shot Doree Daze (8-1) to their mix.

Running Totals: (466) 139-96-64 Total Dollar Return: $969.70 [win selections only]

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009


Clement Has Them Surrounded


Today’s Donor Stakes, a restricted 10 furlongs for older fillies and mares on the turf, might as well have been named the Clement Stakes. Eight were entered overnight and Christophe Clement dropped three names in the box.

The thinking her is that he’ll need only one: Belle Allure (2-1). And it’s not that we’re going overboard on a filly who won her U.S. debut with a perfect trip over four rivals.

Rather, the compelling fact is that she came out firing in her first start at 4, running as fast as she ever has on performances figures, indicating she made the transition from her 3 year old year and is set for an explosive move.

The spacing is right, 62 days, she goes second-time Lasix, is bred for the distance, handles any ground and picks up the meet’s leading rider, Ramon Dominguez. The case is just too compelling.

Taking Belle Allure to win, no price restrictions, and keying her in trifectas with Sunshine For Life (10-), making her third start this year with good company lines and excellent figures on Belmont turf; Bubbly Jane (4-1), a dual G1 winner in Brazil attracting Rajiv Maragh for her season’s debut, and the ultra consistent Nehantic Kat (7-2). Also, an exacta box with price shot Sunshine For Life.


Running Totals: (465) 139-96-63 Total Dollar Return: $969.70 [win selections only]

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Sunday, July 19, 2009


Shipping North for a Reason


Today’s A Gift restricted stakes for 3-year-olds going a mile and a sixteenth on the Belmont inner turf seems filled with horses looking to get their second season started.

The attention and most of the money will go to Hello Broadway (9-5) and Laureate Conductor (2-1). The former is 1-for-1 on Polytrack and is trained by Barclay Tagg, a profitable 21 percent going dirt to turf.

The latter won Monmouth’s Choice Stakes last out and is trained by turf ace Christophe Clement, in a battle for leading trainer as this meet winds down. Obviously, they’re both live.

But the value is sure to be Mikoshi (5-1), shipping north for Michael Matz off a good workline. He was very competitive in a Grade 3 on turf following a professional maiden-turf score and stayed sharp with a game placing in a restricted stakes on the Presque Isle Polytrack. Jose Lezcano, who broke the colt’s turf maiden, gets the ride back here.

Taking Mikoshi to win at 4-1 or greater and boxing him in exactas with his rivals here.

Running Totals: (465) 139-96-63 Total Dollar Return: $969.70 [win selections only]

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