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, February 22, 2008

Take the Afternoon Off

Aqueduct has canceled today’s program due to a winter storm in the metropolitan area. Our free analysis resumes tomorrow with the featured Rare Treat for fillies and mares.

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Freshness Key to Jovanna’s Success

The NYRA racing week begins with a very contentious preliminary allowances sprint for state-bred fillies going 6 furlongs. Four females are worthy of consideration but we’ll narrow our focus in the top tier contenders to two: Jovanna (4-1) and Meriwether Jessica (2-1).

Jovanna, returning off a 57-day layup for Rick Dutrow and Ramon Dominguez, has been trying to emulate the figure she earned winning her open-lengths debut three subsequent starts, without success. But her second start came in a stakes over the quirky Finger Lakes surface, then came a stumbling start and a too-soon return following that effort. Now, she’s had recovery time and returns fresh. That might be her hole card.

Meriwether Jessica has acquitted herself very well against better fillies, including open class competition. After her open lengths debut came four straight placings in stakes company, including the G3 Tempted. She has raced very well going long and short, benefits from conditioning and experience, and she might actually prefer sprinting over routing. She’s been working very well for her return and Linda Rice and C.C. Lopez have been a formidable team in New York winter competition.

With speed signed on from other high profile outfits, Jovanna has a chance to fall between the parimutuel cracks despite the presence of leading rider Dominguez. Taking Jovanna to win at 3-1 or greater and an exacta box with Meriwether Jessica. Trifecta players can key Jovanna first and second, adding La Ransom (5-1) and Jet Setting (5-2) to the mix.

Running Totals: (177) 62-37-19. Total Dollar Return: $387.20 [win selections only]

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Monday, February 18, 2008

It Is Now Post Time for the “Cappy”

Today’s Big A feature is the Fred Caposella for three-year-olds at six furlongs. The “Cappy” has only drawn a field of five with no shortage of speed. We’ll concentrate on two: Law N Dora (5-2) and Laysh Laysh Laysh (4-1).

Early line favorite Go Go Shoot (2-1) was not easy to eliminate, but something had to give here. C. C. Lopez is very likely to hustle the speed of the speed out of the chute but coming back relatively quickly off a career best effort while picking up six pounds is not very inviting at a short price.

Law N Dora chased Go Go last time but had to settle for place. Today, with a switch to Rajiv Maragh, we’re looking for a change of tactics, too, reverting to his effort of two starts back in which he sat a pocket trip before tipping outside for the win. He blew out sharply at his Philadelphia Park base for this.

Should a pace duel develop, not extremely likely in a small field, it will be to Laysh Laysh Laysh’s best advantage. Riding a two-race streak for the very live David Jacobson shed, he has the best late lick in this heat, speed figures more than competitive enough to compete, and drops six significant pounds off his recent score. It’s up to new pilot Mario Pino to time this colt’s move perfectly.

Taking Law N Dora to win at 2-1 or more and an exacta box with Laysh Laysh Laysh.

Running Totals: (176) 62-37-19. Total Dollar Return: $387.20 [win selections only]

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