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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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Dream Rush Set to Roll in Vagrancy

Today’s featured Vagrancy Handicap, a Grade 2 sprint for older fillies and mares at 6-½ marks the season’s debut for the leading three-year-old sprinting filly of 2007 for her new connections. Dream Rush is the 4-5 early line favorite and she will be a tough out. The competition will come from Baroness Thatcher (3-1) and Any Limit (10-1).

At three, Dream Rush earned faster performance figures than any of her competitors here. With four-year-old maturity, a significant early pace edge, and trainer Rick Violette undoubtedly wishing to please the new owns quickly; we expect a peak effort. Regular rider Eibar Coa is in the boot.

Baroness Thatcher was an excellent second in the Grade 1 Humana Distaff last out and turns back a half furlong here. She was competitive with the favorite last year and she is showing strong developmental signs. She has a conditioning edge, a favorable outside position and JR has the re-ride.

Any Limit ran a career best going turf to dirt last year while stretching out, just as she does today. Second off the layup, the Chief reaches out for position conscious Cornelio Velasquez. She has enough tactical speed to get into position early and can land a significant share of this with anticipated improvement.

Taking Dream Rush to win, no price restrictions, an exacta key box with her two rivals here, and trifectas keying her on top.

Running Totals: (210) 68-44-24. Total Dollar Return: $422.60 [win selections only]

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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Mauralakana vs J’ray in ThisClose Sheepshead Bay

Finally, a turf race with a name on it, the Grade 2 Sheepshead Bay Handicap, and it appears that two horses will dominate the top of the ticket: J’ray (5-2) and Mauralakana (2-1).

J’ray has earned consistently good performance figures all her life. But when you come with her late run, you had better time it perfectly. She’s capable of racing closer to the pace which would make her job easier then again it might not pay to take her out of her comfort zone. Either way, she’s a rough customer here.

Mauralakana virtually earns the same figures as her main rival and their figures are just consistently faster than the rest. In terms of class, she’s well placed with this group and might own the best sustained turn of foot. Hopefully, Mr. Desormeaux will make that run judiciously. She’s been going very well since moving to the Clement barn.

Taking Mauralakana to win at 2-1 or greater, an exacta box with J’ray, and trifectas with money prospect Herboriste (6-1).

Running Totals: (209) 67-44-24. Total Dollar Return: $416.80 [win selections only] {Friday results not included in totals}

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Friday, May 23, 2008

Go West Young Lady

Another day, another turf sprint feature and, hopefully a different result. This is a preliminary allowances for three-year-olds and up at 7 furlongs. Three horses of interest, from the inside out, are West of Gibraltar (9-2), Diamond Ella (10-1) and Applauded (3-1).

Applauded is a worthy favorite. She wasn’t beaten all that badly in a Group 2 as a European juvenile, had had her difficulties in her U.S. debut, the Calder Oaks, now turns back, drops and switches to Garrett Gomez. The blinkers are back on for this.

West of Gibraltar is coming off a turf decline line with more than competitive back figures. She has recent conditioning, is working well and has a maturity edge as the in-form four-year-old. She has tactical speed and can kick.

Diamondrella is interesting because she earned very good performance figures at two and returns with added maturity in her first start for Angel Penna Jr., a turf and layoff ace. She’s trained purposefully for this and attracts the position conscious Rajiv Maragh. She is another meeting younger rivals here.

Taking West of Gibraltar to win at 3-1 or greater and keying her in exacta boxes first and second with Applauded and Diamondrella.

Running Totals: (208) 66-44-24. Total Dollar Return: $409.00 [win selections only]

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