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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, August 01, 2009

Jim Dandy to the Rescue

For a more complete look at this weekend’s races with potential plays, please see Saratoga Diary on HRI lead page

In the Jim Dandy, taking Warrior’s Reward to win at 5-2 or greater and keying him first and second in exactas and trifectas with Kensei and Charitable Man

Running Totals: (471) 141-98-64 Total Dollar Return: $980.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, July 31, 2009

Strike The Bell to Hit the Jackpot

Today’s G2 Lake George for three year old turf fillies is easily the most wide open stakes event of the young meet. And the reason we’re throwing deep.

Strike The Bell clearly is not as accomplished as any number of her competitors. There are two graded stakes winner in here and three others who are graded-stakes placed.

All this David Donk trainee has done is to break maiden before finishing second in an overnight Perfect Sting stakes, a race she should have won.

But making bold, wide sweeps on the turn over yielding ground and opening two lengths way too prematurely is not the way to the circle. Understandably, she tired late and settled for place.

Hopefully, Cornelio Velasquez will time his move a little better this time. Taking Strike The Bell across the board at 12-1 or greater.

Running Totals: (471) 141-98-64 Total Dollar Return: $980.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, July 30, 2009

Don’t Give Amoss Any Lip

The first thing that hits you about the G2 Sanford for juvenile colts is that, on figures at least, none of them appears a match for Hot Dixie Chick. Talk about the year of the filly.

The three “fastest” colts in the Sanford are Soundman (8-1), Backtalk (2-1) ad Bulls And Bears (7-2).

The problem with Soundman is that figure was earned three starts back and might be, at present, the high-water mark for the Lukas trained colt. And if two year old racing is about anything, it’s about young horses improving in leaps and bounds from start to start. In that context, there’s no upside to Sandman today.

Bulls And Bears was a fast and visually impressive winner of his 5-½ furlong debut at Belmont Park. He’s had four weeks recovery time, is drawn outside--a tactical advantage in today’s scenario--and has a slight class edge. He projects for a good trip in here.

Backtalk, 2-for-2 in his career but not as “fast” had anything but a good trip winning his Churchill finale, the G3 Bashford Manor, always a good harbinger of future class--as long as the game is sprinting, anyway.

If the race is still up on the Thoroughbred Times site, go check it out. He nearly fell at the break, recovered nicely, but was blocked badly in the lane, having no place to go until inside the final sixteenth.

It took class and courage for Backtalk to get up for the win and the most impressive aspect is that the effort came at today’s distance. Experience--including number of starts and familiarity at the distance--is, for me, a key to early two year old racing.

Taking Backtalk to win at 8-5 or greater and an exacta box with Bulls And Bears.

Running Totals: (470) 140-98-64 Total Dollar Return: $975.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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