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, December 12, 2009

Johnny Can Play This One Off the Break

The racetrack cliché is the place you lose it is the place you win it back. With a slight deviation on that theme, we’re taking Researcher to win today’s G3 Queens Country Handicap because the place you win it is also the place you can repeat the accomplishment.

Set for his best in his third start following a layoff, not only did he win this race last year but is a multiple winner on wet tracks, should that be the case, obviously has won on today’s surface and is clearly and consistently the fast horse on performance figures.

Researcher like to set or attend the pace at close range under these conditions and with an inside post plus the presence of Johnny Velazquez, he will be in ideal position to trip out here using either tack. And although he is the early line favorite, there are others in here sure to attract support.

Taking Researcher to win at 2-1 or greater, and keying him first and second in the exotics with surface lover Naughty New Yorker (15-1) and the very live Rodman (4-1).

Running Totals: (559) 175-111-78 Total Dollar Return: $1,210.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, December 11, 2009

What Happens at the Big A, Stays in Queens

Another feature in name only, and another very difficult to beat favorite. Try as I could, I’m not able to take a shot against Jimmy Vegas (7-5) and feel like I have a real chance.

Coupled in the betting with Hue And Cry, she’s never taken a backward step in three career starts, her best effort first time going long and over today’s surface, and that with trouble at a critical juncture.

Drawn inside and owning a versatile running style, Rosie Napravnik should have her in position until ready. And if you haven’t seen the lady ride, you’re in for a treat. Don’t mean this to be sexist but, she finishes like a man.

Taking Jimmy Vegas to win, no price restrictions, and keying him in the multiples with the improving J L Bernstein (4-1), and alos price shot Goodbyeandgoodluck (10-1), who owns deceptively good performance figures on this track and is favorably weighted under a live apprentice.

Running Totals: (559) 175-111-78 Total Dollar Return: $1,210.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, December 10, 2009

Saarlight, Saarbright

Today’s Aqueduct feature is a secondary allowances, optional claiming for fillies and mares sprinting six furlongs.

The connections of Saarlight (6-5), scratched from Saturday’s stakes won by Awesome Ashley, must have known they had this spot in their pocket for this talented, speedy miss who’s returning from a long layup.

As you might suspect, this spot’s easier, a lot easier. No one in here was recently competitive with graded stakes rivals, as Saturday’s field was, and no one appears to own the kind of quality speed that can threaten this miss, early or late. Consequently, we have little choice than the obvious.

Taking Saarlight to win, no price restrictions, and an exacta box with Motor City Mama (6-1), a six furlong specialist and three-time surface winner.

Running Totals: (558) 174-111-78 Total Dollar Return: $1,207.40 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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