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.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Ricoriatoa, East of Java

The feature at Delaware Park today, a secondary allowances/optional claimer at 6 furlongs, doesn’t allow us to get too fancy.

Generally speaking, every horse that Bret Calhoun has acquired has improved, and that’s certainly the case with Cabaret Cowboy whose performance figures have been improving steadily since making his 4-year-old debut in May.

His last was a career best, clearly faster than any of the recent races of his competition save one, and although winless here, he has five in-the-money finishes from six starts including three exacta placings. He’s the logical favorite.

However, it’s Ricoriatoa, who will be a second choice and go favorite at post time, which looms the most likely. His two-back race over the surface was on a par with CC, he reunites with Fernando Jara, has now had sufficient recovery time, owns versatile style and the Galluscio barn is having a very good season. An inside draw should only help.

Taking Ricoritoa to win at 8-5 or greater, an exacta box with Cabaret Cowboy, a second ticket with Rico on top.

Running Totals: (753) 244-156-101 Total Dollar Return: $1,683.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, October 29, 2010

Another Saturday Belmont Feature, Another Winning 3-year-old

Just like last week, today’s Belmont Park feature, the Grade 3 Bold Ruler at 7 furlongs for three-year-olds and up provide another opportunity for a sophomore to beat u on his elders.

Tahitian Warrior (5-2) is a 3-year-old gelding that always has been brilliant but is now hitting his best stride. He’s shown an affinity for this surface in the past and has three exacta finishes in as many starts at the distance, including two wins.

Further, he has continued to train well and has added conditioning turning back from a mile in his latest start. Hot riding position conscious Cornelio Velasquez gets the mount on this tactical speedster who can finish.

Taking Tahitian Warrior to win at 2-1 or greater and keying him in multiples with strong working favorite Bribon (2-1), who skipped the Breeders’ Cup Sprint in favor of this and the upcoming Cigar Mile, and the very fast Half Metal Jacket (4-1), making his first start for Rudy Rodriguez, Ramon Dominguez in the boot.

Running Totals: (751) 243-156-101 Total Dollar Return: $1,670.70 [win selections only] {Friday results not included}

HRI would like to welcome West Coast handicapping ace Bob Ike to the site. Check out Bob's free selection at Hollywood Park by clicking on Bob Ike in the HRI handicapper's section

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Buy the Sure of Gitchee Goomie

You won’t need a search warrant to find the favorite in today’s restricted Topicount for three year old fillies going nine furlongs on Belmont’s inner turf.

Awesome Maria (3-1), a Grade 1 winner at 2, obviously developed some issues and didn’t return at 3 until Saratoga, where she won an overnight stakes on the turf in her first start in nine months, earning the best performance figure in today’s group.

After that, she finished third on dirt t Parx behind Have de Grace and Blind Luck, who need no introduction. She’ll be a tough out.

But we’re taking any value offered with Gitchee Goomie (9-2), who might not be as fast but continues to develop, showing incremental improvement.

Her last was her best, obviously, but of greater significance it came on Belmont turf where she finished third to multiple graded stakes winning filly Check The Label in the G1 Garden City.

Given sufficient recovery time, working well for her return, and reuniting with Alan Garcia, she’s poised to break through as the classy “now” filly of the group.

Taking Gitchee Goomie to win at 4-1 or greater and an exacta box with Awesome Maria.

Running Totals: (751) 243-156-101 Total Dollar Return: $1,670.70 [win selections only]

HRI would like to welcome West Coast handicapping ace Bob Ike to the site. Check out Bob's free selection at Hollywood Park by clicking on Bob Ike in the HRI handicapper's section

Written by John Pricci


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