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, July 12, 2009


Only If You Must Have Action….


The job becomes tedious when on days like today the feature race drew so few entries that NYRA is running as the third race, keeping it out of the Pick 4 and Pick 6 sequences. The mile and a sixteenth Pearl Necklace for older fillies and mares attracted a field of five.

If someone is to beat Sea Chanter (4-5), we don’t know who it is. This looks like the classic case of building a horse’s confidence before she tries the division’s elite again. The Todd Pletcher trainee has found the right group. She’s been competitive in G1s and G2s on dirt all season and meets no such rivals among these.

We must take her to win this, with no price restrictions. It’s doubtful she’ll be bettable. So, if you must, try exactas and trifectas, if offered, with My Dinah (5-1), who set a pressured pace in the G1 Ogden Phipps and is one of two fillies here that own a win over big sandy.

Running Totals: (460) 138-95-63 Total Dollar Return: $967.10 [win selections only]

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Saturday, July 11, 2009


And a Filly Shall Lead Them


For a more detailed look at the Hollywood Park feature race, see Pricci Morning Line on lead page

In today’s G1 Hollywood Gold Cup, taking filly Life Is Sweet to win at 4-1 or greater and boxing her in the exacta with Parading and price shot Tres Borrachos.


Running Totals: (459) 138-95-62 Total Dollar Return: $967.10 [win selections only]


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Friday, July 10, 2009


Great Betting Race--If You’re Right!


If there ever was a race demanding knowledge of off time odds, this preliminary allowances for 3 & up sprinting on the Belmont turf is it. So many can win, and you just know one or two of them are going to fall through the parimutuel cracks.

Six of the 10 can win this and it’s difficult to know which way to go. Great Emperor (9-2) has been racing well in main track sprints and did have a couple of promising turf tries two years ago at Saratoga. Fateh Field (3-1) makes his U.S. debut for a barn that’s 8-for-24 with first-Lasix runners and a running style better suited to American than Europe.

There’s the mare, Karakorum Electra (7-2), who’s extremely consistent, on this course, at this distance and in her competitive performance figures. Nothing Impossible (10-1), coming off a good figure win but may be eligible to regress; Taif (8-1), one for one on dirt, very fast, inexperienced on turf but bred for it. Winthrop House (4-1), obviously a turf lover but making his first start off the long layup.

And that’s where we’ll go. As a first time three-year-old, added maturity should enable Winthrop House to compete with this group. Kiaran McLaughlin, profitable for a career on grass, is 24 percent efficient with returnees of 90+ days, and taps go-to rider Alan Garcia. Tactical speed, an outside draw, and a fast-early rival directly to his inside could very easily yield a sweet, stalking trip. And the price figures to be fair.

Taking Winthrop House to win at 7-2 or greater, exacta key boxes with Fateh Field and Karakorum Electra, and as a money key to trifectas and superfectas with the other rivals named here.

Running Totals: (458) 138-95-62 Total Dollar Return: $967.10 [win selections only]

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