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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Saturday, November 14, 2009


Saginaw Would Benefit Greatly If Feature Is Re-scheduled


With a fierce rain storm expected to move north through New York yesterday, the assumption that today’s substitute feature race will be rescheduled for the main track. (If not, could hazard a guess as to how a rain-sodden turf course in the Fall would play).

And so we’re going right to the Main Track Only entrants where Saginaw appears to hold a wide edge should he draw in. He comes off an extremely sharp score over a wet Big A main track at a mile.

It is mandatory to note here that trainer Chad Brown is an extremely worthy 6-for-11 following a recent maiden win. Well spotted with this group, he would secure an outside post should he draw in. Should he score, he won’t make you rich.

Taking Saginaw to win, no price restrictions, and an exacta box with another MTO entrant, Star of New York.

Running Totals: (542) 165-106-78 Total Dollar Return: $1,147.30 [win selections only]




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Friday, November 13, 2009


A Cure for Those Chalky Blues


Today’s Aqueduct feature is a non-winners of four lifetime allowances/optional claimer for older turf horses going a mile.

Lemon Cream Pie (5-2) is a deserving early favorite on the strength of his pacesetting placing in the recent G3 Knickerbocker Handicap. But he really had no excuses given the moderate pace at a longer distance. This will be a much tougher test.

On the early line, and given his recent past performances, Blues Street (6-1) is a worthy play at bettable odds. As a five year old gelding, he’s just coming into his own for Todd Pletcher. His performance figures are solid and competitive and he owns four wins at the distance and his lone start over this surface.

Blues Street is versatile enough to gain early position if Johnny Velazquez elects, or he can make one run, which is no less an effective style. A handler of any footing, Pletcher is 23 percent effective when removing blinkers, the scenario here.

Taking Blues Street to win at 5-1 or greater in this grass event and keying him first and second in exotics with Broad River (3-1), Yield Bogey (10-1) and the aforementioned Lemon Cream Pie.

Running Totals: (541) 164-106-78 Total Dollar Return: $1,139.40 [win selections only]




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Thursday, November 12, 2009


Always Love Value


Today’s Sabin overnight Stakes, scheduled for 1-1/16th miles on the turf for fillies and mares has drawn a sizable and well balanced field. As such, we’re going for the gusto. First, the logical types.

Sea Chanter (3-1) is a worthy early line favorite. She’s consistently fastest on performance figures, has the ability to get position if Johnny Velazquez elects, and as a late season four-year-old still might have some development remaining.

Chestoria (7-2) has been a hall mark of consistency, owns competitive figures, is nicely drawn inside with Dominguez and has a strong late kick. Trainer Bill Badgett, enjoying a resurgent season, is 3-for-4 at the current meet through Monday’s races.

But it’s Always For Love (8-1) that’s most intriguing, especially at early line odds. First, she owns early zip to gain position from an outside slip, worked well at her Philadelphia base, attracts regular partner Victor Molina, a talented turf rider, owns competitive figures, handles any footing and won her only start over this course at this time last year. Her outside draw almost insures more than bettable odds.

Taking Always For Love to win at 8-1 or greater and keying her first and second in exactas with her rivals here.

Running Totals: (540) 164-106-78 Total Dollar Return: $1,139.40 [win selections only]



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