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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 01, 2008


Here Come the Euros Again!


Even though it will be run at the racetrack in Queens, today’s feature is the Grade 3 Long Island Handicap for fillies and mares three-years-old and upward at a mile and a half. Three interests hold the best chance. The European entry from Andre Fabre (5-2), Hostess (9-2) and Marzelline (8-1).

The great Andre Fabre ships over a pair of three-year-olds, the entry topped by Astrologie, who’s been very competitive in Group competition. A natural distance type, she’s 2-for-2 at 12 furlongs, is fairly weighted, and attracts local turf ace Alan Garcia.

Her mate Shake The Moon has performance figures that a marching, an apparent late developer who’s just now coming into her own. She also boasts a pair of wins at the distance and picks up the talented, young Jose Lezcano, who rode the winner of the Juvenile Turf, Maram.

Hostess wouldn’t be the first horse that shipped to Woodbine and didn’t care for the ground. In as top form as she was going in, what else could it be? She simply failed to lift a hoof. Maybe the G1 competition didn’t help either. She returns to the G3 level today, the class of her impressive two-back win at Saratoga.

Marzelline may be unproven at the distance but she has won at 11 furlongs and her ultra performance figures keep marching forward. She ships in sharp for Ben Cecil and Tyler Baze and could easily surprise this group if she gets away a little soft early on. It’s an interesting feature, indeed.

Bet we’ll take the Fabre entry at 2-1 or greater--3-1 if one of the fillies is scratched--and key them first and second in exactas and trifectas with her rivals here plus Criticism (4-1), who made an impressive U.S. debut recently.

Running Totals: (303) 92-62-38 Total Dollar Return: $608.80 [win selections only]

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Friday, October 31, 2008


Dutrow Masterful with New Acquisitions


Today’s feature is an interesting betting race, a starter allowance at 7 furlongs for horses that have run for a tag of $50,000 or less or a preliminary allowances. Horses of interest are By Proxy (10-1), Coach Butts (4-1) and Masterwork (7-2).

By Proxy makes only his fifth life start and second in a new barn. After an opening compression line and a new pace top in his lifetime best figure--at today’s trip--he showed better energy distribution last time out now steps up in class off a loss for Giuseppe Iadisernia who is a profitable 18 percent effective in second start off the claim and 2-for-7 with second starters from his barn. Profitable second off the layup as well, Mike Luzzi re-rides for his second start at his optimal distance. His odds will be square.

Coach Butts earns the best figures with consistency and also does well at a similar specialized distance. He was narrowly beaten despite and wide trip vs. tougher in last and should benefit from the stretch-out and notch drop. Alan Garcia re-rides for Bob Barbara. He should be tactical enough to be in this from mid-race forward, nicely fitting the Aqueduct dynamic at this trip.

Masterwork showed marked improvement in his second start off the Rick Dutrow stable switch. He broke his maiden at this distance, qualifying for this spot after dropping into a claimer for the first time and Dutrow’s a profitably worthy 32 percent effective with last-out maiden breakers. The effort earned him a new pace top and career best figure. He should be set to repeat in his third start off the layup and with tactical speed and outside, should insinuate himself into this from the outset with Prado in the re-ride.

Taking Masterwork to win at 5-2 or greater and keying him first and second in exactas and trifectas with his rivals here.

Running Totals: (302) 92-62-37 Total Dollar Return: $608.80 [win selections only]

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Thursday, October 30, 2008


You Won’t Get Very Far With this Filly


Today’s featured sprint for fillies and mares is a secondary allowances/optional claiming event at six furlongs. The good news is that one of the fillies appears unbeatable. She probably also will be unbettable.

It doesn’t seem possible that Elope (1-1) can get beat. If I were guaranteed even money, I might be tempted to bet enough to retire the national debt. But I don’t think I need to worry about it. She’ll be half the early line at post time, perhaps even less.

After impressing in her debut as a late season three year old, she didn’t begin 2008 until Saratoga. Obviously she has issues. Just as arguably, she can run!

She won her four year old debut by earning a performance figure that would win most stakes races, graded stakes at that. She absolutely had to regress in her second start, in which she moved up to the G2 level. But she finished a good second. To Indian Blessing no less!

The only way to possibly make money on this is to take some a one way exacta and a cold trifecta to block. Here’s how that works. Loving Vindication is 5-2 in the morning line and is a fast filly herself. But since her recent figures were earned at 5-½ furlongs and not six, she may be vulnerable. Besides, if you need to cash a $4 exacta, you probably need the money and should wager, anyway.

The filly we like to complete the exacta is Just Zip It (8-1). She earns good figures at this level and does so with laudable consistency. She also owns the right running style, having tactical speed and kick. Nicely freshened and well drawn, she will be running late for the team of Billy Turner and Channing Hill. She’s never finished off-the-board in seven starts at this trip, including her only three lifetime victories.

Elope is the obvious choice, with no price restrictions. We’ll take her in a cold exacta with Just Zip It, and a cold trifecta with Just Zip It third, using only Loving Vindication to split the one-way exacta.

Running Totals: (302) 92-62-37 Total Dollar Return: $608.80 [win selections only]

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