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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Friday, January 25, 2008


Pricci on Assignment


John Pricci is on assignment. His New York feature race analysis will return next week.

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Monday, January 21, 2008


The WInkfield Horses: These Are Their Stories


Today’s feature honors one of the great African American jockeys of a century ago, the legendary Jimmy Winkfield, who won two Kentucky Derbies before he was 23. This afternoon, seven three-year-old colts, several promising sprinters, will race three-quarters of a mile in the now traditional Martin Luther King Day feature.

We’ll look at three, from the rail, out: All Expenses Paid (5-1), Accredit (2-1) and Law And Dora (4-1). The race has a nice blend of speed, mid-speed and late pace. The trip will make the difference.

All Expenses Paid has the most experience but it wasn’t until start number six, and his first following Rick Dutrow’s claim, that he moved up. Recent performance figures were excellent and he looks poised for a forward move. The rail position at 6 furlongs is winning at a 21% rate this meet and he figures to sit a good trip beneath Channing Hill.

Accredit is the key. He earned an excellent figure in his maiden breaker last out and is, by definition, the fastest horse in here. Kiaran McLaughlin has given the E Dubai colt a full 60 days to recover, the trainer profitable with horses returning in that time frame. He’s trained steadily since the maiden win, as if pointing for this spot. Rajiv Maragh takes the re-ride. The unknown is whether he can handle stronger pace pressure while stepping up here.

Law And Dora is undefeated in three starts. His performance figures are competitive, but of greater significance is his running style. Whether on the lead or off the pace, the result has always been the same. He’s handled trouble and needs no made to order conditions. His outside slip is a tactical advantage, giving white hot Ramon Dominguez options to play the race off the break. His bullet :59 2/5 at his Philly Park base, termed breezing, indicates he’s held form well.

Taking Law And Dora to win at 5-2 or greater and keying him first and second in exacta boxes with his major rivals here. Trifecta players can add Go Go Shoot (8-1), coming off a new pace top, in all money positions.

Running Totals: (167) 61-35-18. Total Dollar Return: $382.00 [win selections only] {excluding Sunday's results}

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Sunday, January 20, 2008


NYRA Feature: It’s Between the Brothers


Not much of a feature today in terms of appeal, a preliminary allowances/optional $75,000 claimer that has drawn six betting interests. Of those, two have the best chance.

The key to this will be Starship Cruiser (1-1), by definition the fastest mare in here. But she’s raced only four times, suggesting major issues, but when she shows up she runs. But this time it’s off a 207-day layoff and is expected to be fit enough to get all of today’s 1-1/16th miles. Ramon Dominguez takes the call for Rick Dutrow, suggesting she’s live, and she‘s 1-for-1 on this surface.

But the most probable winner is Street Bird (2-1), a winner under these conditions two back for Tony Dutrow on this track, her first start off a claim. Her performance figure improved, expectedly, and last out her early foot was sharpened against better rivals, indeed a new pace top figure. Two of her three lifetime wins came at today’s distance and she reunites with Alan Garcia, aboard for her two-back victory.

Taking Street Bird to win at 8-5 or greater, and an exacta box with Starship Cruiser.

Running Totals: (166) 60-35-18. Total Dollar Return: $376.90 [win selections only]

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