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.

In addition to his race analysis, John will provide commentary in a weekly "On the Line" column and daily blogs under the "Pricci's Morning Line" banner.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Simply Divine

Taking Divine Park to win at 3-1 or greater and exacta keys fdirst and second with Curlin and Wanderin Boy, extra ticket with Curlin.

Written by John Pricci


Friday, August 29, 2008

A Date with Destiny

Two races with names on them, one that might provide the better payoff, the With Anticipation for juvenile grass horses at a mile and a sixteenth.

Bittel Road (2-1) is a worthy favorite even though he’s had only one start--and that at six furlongs. But it was very impressive visually; he seemed to want to go around again.

And even if the course were speed favoring, a two-year-old running six furlongs in 1:08 4/5 with a final quarter-mile in :23 flat is extraordinary. Moreover, he had speed in reserve as he crossed the wire. He’s been handled carefully and has found an excellent spot to have his mettle tested.

But it’s always about value and Skipadate (5-1) was impressive in another way. His debut was around two turns and over Saratoga ground. It was done with turf style--late speed, not early gas--and it was accomplished despite the loss of considerable ground. And it was done in refuse-to-lose style, Mark Casse’s colt struggling to finish on even terms for the win. And the trainer’s horses improve in their second starts going long, a profitable angle.

We’re taking Skipadate to win at 4-1 or greater and an exacta box with Bittel Road.

Running Totals: (264) 81-51-31. Total Dollar Return: $489.40 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, August 28, 2008

It’s Not Dreamin If You Can Do It

The Halfmoon overnight Stakes is far from compelling and appears to have been written with Mr. Zito in mind. He has half the field, three of the six entered, and two are coupled. The three, combined are the first two choices on the early line.

The only conceivable value is a sharp four-year-old from lower profile connections who’s fast, gets along well with her rider, likes this surface and the distance. At 7-2, Are We Dreamin looks like a viable value play. A winner of her last, she’s goes again for trainer Randi Persaud, who sports a lofty 32 percent strike rate given that scenario.

A tactical speedster, she breaks in the middle of the pack and that can give Rajiv Maragh options. He’ll need that versatility as we’re sure Zito will devise a running style for his three fillies that would insure victory for one of them. With the exception of Are We Dreamin, the form in this group is a little spotty.

Taking Are We Dreamin to win at 3-1 or greater, no multiple-pool wagers.

Running Totals: (263) 81-51-30. Total Dollar Return: $489.40 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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