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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Wednesday, October 07, 2009


Barbara to Keep Roll Going in Belmont Feature


The New York race week begins with a preliminary allowances going a mile and a sixteenth on the main track expected to be wet. While gooey going does move Stevil (5-2) up, he’s not necessarily one-dimensional.

But it looks as if the fates will be kind. It’s highly probable that Wednesday’s track will be wet, he’s a late developing 4-year-old gelding who’s put his game together this summer.

His lifetime best performance figure came last out off the Bob Barbara claim, who’s doing very well at the young meet, Jose Lezcano on the re-ride looking for his third straight score aboard this middle distance specialist who owns enough early speed to place him forwardly here. The issue is a regression as his last was a big top. As a late developer, he also can continue to go well, making this a tricky call.

Taking Stevil to win at 2-1 or greater, keying him first and second in exotics with super sharp Success Fee (5-1), and Luv Gov (7-2) who’s well suited by minor turn-back in return to his optimal distance and with a switch to Rajiv Maragh.

Running Totals: (517) 154-106-73 Total Dollar Return: $1,040.00 [win selections only]




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Sunday, October 04, 2009


Blinkers Will Help Court Vision Find Winners’ Circle





Today’s featured Kelso at one mile on what surely will be soft turf features Court Vision (4-5) turning back to a mile while adding blinkers. He’s won with blinkers before, but he’s never gone postward for Rick Dutrow before. He’s a deep closer on soft ground, but he’s also a Grade 1 performer against lesser.

Taking Court Vision to win, no price restrictions, and a cold exacta with Yield Bogey (8-1) from the suddenly white hot Pat Kelly barn.

Running Totals: (517) 154-106-73 Total Dollar Return: $1,040.00 [win selections only]

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Saturday, October 03, 2009


This Road Leads to the Winners’ Circle


The big Grade 1 of the day, the 10 furlong Jockey Club Gold Cup, should be a trip handicapper's dream. Quality Road lacked conditioning when third in the Travers, coming from a single sprint in his only start in five months. Further, the track was wet and he was racing along the deeper inside portion of the Saratoga oval. We're taking him to turn the tables on Summer Bird but won't be obstinate about it. We''ll try to get Asiatic Boy, coming off a New Pace Top, into the number and lay Macho Again today, who we believe is set up for a regression.

Taking Quality Road to win at 2-1 or greater, keying him first and second in exotics with his rivals here.

Running Totals: (516) 154-105-73 Total Dollar Return: $1,040.00 [win selections only]


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