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, August 14, 2011

Experience Is the Best Reason

Today’s feature in the G2 Adirondack for juvenile fillies looming a two-horse affair between My Miss Aurelia (6-5) and Millionreasonswhy (5-2). We disagree with the oddsmaker in this spot and I can think of several reasons.

First of all, the latter is a Grade 2 stakes winner, compared to the favorite who won her only start, albeit over today’s racetrack. But if projected rains soak the old course, Millionreasonswhy’s debut win came over a sealed sloppy track. And finally, our choice owns a win at today’s distance.

Taking Millionreasonswhy to win at 8-5 or greater and key boxing the choice in multiples with the favorite and Funny Proposition who owns high early speed and bred both sides for wet footing.

Running Totals: (908) 287-183-126 Total Dollar Return: $1,976.80 [win selections only] {Saturday‘s Results Not Included}

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, August 13, 2011

Winchester Sword Dancer’s Big Gun

Today’s Saratoga feature is the Grade 1 Sword Dancer for turf males 3 & up going a three-turn mile and a half. The cliché in these types of events is “class on the grass,” and that would be Winchester, the lukewarm early favorite at 5-2.

With stablemate Gio Ponti looking to redeem his placing in the Arlington Million, Christophe Clement still has a bullet to fire here. Ironically, Winchester prepped in the Stars and Stripes on the Arlington Polytrack, a race he appeared to need badly.

Winchester owns the best performance figures at the trip, winning twice at the distance including the G1 Turf Classic last fall. Regular rider Cornelio Velasquez is in the boot.

Taking Winchester to win at 8-5 or greater and key boxing him in the multiples with improving 4-year-old Boisterous (4-1) from the white hot McGaughey barn and price shot Al Khali (15-1)--firm turf please, half of the uncoupled Mott entry.

Running Totals: (908) 287-183-126 Total Dollar Return: $1,976.80 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, August 12, 2011

Big Blue Tiger

Today’s featured Hall of Fame Stakes, a Grade 2 for 3-year-olds going 8.5 furlongs on turf, has drawn a talented group with lots of upside.

The favorite is Street Game (8-5) who was most impressive winning the Hill Prince before disappointing at Colonial last out; this is a more favorable spot but we’d prefer to see a two-turn on his card.

We’ll take any value being offered with Big Blue Kitten (4-1) who’s been winning his way up the class ladder and seeks fifth straight victory. The spacing is good, he owns tactical speed and kick, attracts Johnny and never has taken a backward step onm the Equiform scale.

Taking Big Blue Kitten to win at 3-1 or greater and key boxing him in the multiples with the favorite and Crimson China (7-2) who has strong late kick and sharp recent breeze at his Fair Hill base.

Running Totals: (907) 286-183-126 Total Dollar Return: $1,965.80 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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