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.

Friday, October 30, 2009

They Call Him Mr. Hooker

Today’s preliminary allowances for state-bred 3-year-olds and up at a mile and a sixteenth on the fresh Big A turf course features a speedster vs. strong connections vs. a price shot with a good late kick making its second start in a new barn adding blinkers.

That’s what makes Mr. Hooker (12-1) an interesting play. His inside draw and the switch to Alan Garcia also helps as he’s certain to get a good pace due to the presence of the fast Cash’n In Dixie (3-1), a colt with good connections stretching out but with a questionable pedigree for the route.

Compelled to take Mr. Hooker to win at 8-1 or greater, on turf only, and keying him first and second with Cash’n In Dixie and the fast but thus far disappointing Quiet On the Tee (5-2).

Running Totals: (532) 161-106-76 Total Dollar Return: $1,122.70 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, October 29, 2009

Cool Day, Hot Prospect

Today’s secondary allowances-optional claimer for fillies and mares at six furlongs is interesting, fillies in various stages of development meeting each other at a new meet on the local circuit.

But you’d have to believe that Hold That Prospect, returning from a layoff for Gary Gullo, has been specifically pointed to this spot.

A fresh filly with a strong workout for her return, is 1-for-1 on this surface, owns two wins on wet tracks--if conditions remain the same as Wednesday’s--and attracts Jorge Chavez, a top rider on wet surfaces who has a good rapport with trainer Gullo.

Hold That Prospect, the fastest filly in the lineup on performance figures, looms the speed of the speed.

Taking Hold That Prospect to win at 3-1 or greater and keying her in exotics first and second with River Fancy (5-2), getting class relief here, and the well placed Sneaky Girl (3-1), from a barn that points for the Aqueduct sessions.

Running Totals: (531) 160-106-76 Total Dollar Return: $1,118.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Track Condition Could Prove Key in Big A Feature

The feature that begins the Aqueduct fall meeting is the overnight Proud Truth, named for a Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, the only time that event was held in Queens, New York.

It’s a little five-horse trap with horses in various stages of development, no true speed type and five top riders. Tactics and trip wins this one, a race expected to be contested over a wet track.

Denver (3-1) is in the best position to take advantage of the above conditions. He owns tactical speed, draws the pole with position-conscious Johnny V., and meets horses far more suited to his talented than he’s been facing recently.

But Retriever (2-1) has better performance figures and is at his best at today's longer distance, significantly better. The negative is that he might be up against it on a wet racetrack. It's a tough call.

Taking Retriever to win, no price restrictions, and boxing him in the exacta with Denver.

Running Totals: (530) 160-106-76 Total Dollar Return: $1,118.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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