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.

In addition to his race analysis, John will provide commentary in a weekly "On the Line" column and daily blogs under the "Pricci's Morning Line" banner.



Sunday, June 21, 2009


Seen Any Good Movies Lately?


Two stakes races at Belmont Park today feature two short-priced favorites; Legal Consent (1-1) in the Mike Lee and Cocoa Beach in the restricted Floral Park Heathen Stakes. Both will be difficult to beat. But while Legal Consent looks more well intended than the very classy Grade 1 winner Cocoa Beach, we still believe the state-bred sprinter is more vulnerable.

Legal Consent’s last was extraordinarily fast and while trainer Carlos Martin has given him sufficient recovery time, we can’t visual this sprinter coming back with the same energy, especially given today’s added sixteenth of the mile.

Slevin, meanwhile, last his last at the break when extremely fractious, which caused a horrendous start racing last of eight much of the way. But when set down, Slevin took off and finished third, losing it all by less than two lengths.

The 3-year-old Belong To Me gelding has improved since stretching out for Carl Domino and today’s switch to Rajiv Maragh augurs well for the upset.

Taking Slevin to win at 5-2 or greater and boxing him in the exacta with Legal Consent.


Running Totals: (447) 135-93-59 Total Dollar Return: $943.00 [win selections only]

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Saturday, June 20, 2009


Big Doings on Colonial Turf


Today’s expanded analysis of today’s Buckland Stakes at Colonial Downs, as well as today’s all-stakes Pick 3, appears in Pricci’s Morning Line on the lead page.

Taking Kosmo’s Buddy (15-1) to win at 10-1 or greater, and boxing her in the exacta with Smart and Fancy. Trifecta players can add Citi Charisse, Ahvee’s Destiny and Charlie Papa to their mix.

Running Totals: (447) 135-93-59 Total Dollar Return: $943.00 [win selections only]

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Friday, June 19, 2009


Contingency Plans Featured


The odds as we write this 23 hours in advance of post time for today’s feature race at Belmont Park are even money that the “non-winners of 3 other than…optional claiming sprint” will remain on the Widener turf course.

If it does, we’ll take the other 50-50 proposition, Redefined, half of the Michael Dubb et al-owned coupling with Silver Timber. Either/or, actually, and why Redefined?

Because he’s won half his 10 starts at the distance (with five placings!) and half his 18 starts on the turf. Nothing short of remarkable, and both he and his mate are fast enough on performance figures to prevail here.

If, however, it is rescheduled to the main track, we’re taking the fast absentee Tsali to be ready in his first start off the bench for Nick Zito. With only nine starts, this five-year-old obviously has had his issues, but he’s won fresh and is blew out rapidly for this.

So, on turf, we’re taking either or both halves of the Dubb-owned entry to win and, on dirt, we’ll take Tsali to win. No price restrictions on either.


Running Totals: (446) 135-93-58 Total Dollar Return: $943.00 [win selections only]

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