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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Monday, August 24, 2009

This Filly Can Run, Too

There’s no way to score out in today’s featured Union Avenue overnight Stakes unless the race completely falls apart. It seems that trainer Tim Ritvo, who saddles early line favorite Dance Gal Dance (8-5), already a winner over the track in fast time, was so anxious to make this race go that he entered Sorority Sister (15-1), down from Finger Lakes to make this a six-horse field.

The only filly that can beat her on paper is Under Serviced (9-5), making her 4-year-old debut for Bob Baffert. She ran fast enough at three to make her a contender here if she’s set for best. Considering Baffert’s a profitable 21 percent off layups of more than 90 days and with a recent strong five-eighths work for this, she’ll be a strong factor beneath Johnny Velazquez.

Taking Dance Gal Dance to win at 6-5 or greater and boxing her in the exacta with Baffert’s filly.

Running Totals: (488) 145-100-67 Total Dollar Return: $1,000.50 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Sunday, August 23, 2009

You Go, Girl

Today’s feature--whether it remains on turf is the question--is the Yaddo for state bred fillies and mares at nine furlongs. When looking at the depth in this group, it’s easy to make the case that the strength of the New York program is in this division.

The filly who has been specifically pointed here is You Go West Girl (4-1). She’s been quite competitive in open class turf routes, included graded company, and has earned her best performance fillies when going this far.

Freshened by Tom Proctor, she’s been training with purpose and attracts Robby Albarado. The weight assignment looks right and she should provide value in this wide open two turner.

The fillies to beat are Nehantic Cat (3-1), who benefits from a switch to Rajiv Maragh who really seems to fit her best of her recent partners and Chestoria (7-2) was very good beating open class fillies over the course recently, picks up Dominguez, and Billy Badgett hasn’t done this well since the salad days of Go for Wand.

Taking You Go West Girl to win at 4-1 or greater and keying her first and second in exactas with her rivals here.

Running Totals: (487) 145-100-67 Total Dollar Return: $1,000.50 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, August 22, 2009

Alabama, Our Home and Native Land

Today’s featured Grade 1 Alabama is, obviously, a more interesting wagering proposition than if Rachel Alexandra were entered. But the hunch is, when it’s over, on track fans will be singing “Oh Canada.”

Two fillies will represent our friends from north of the border and if early line favorite Careless Jewel (5-2) repeats the effort she made in the G2 Delaware Oaks, all others are running for second money. She absolutely freaked in Stanton, then came back to work strongly. She has won both her two turn starts by an aggregate 14-½ lengths. She’s good.

Then so is Milwaukee Appeal, only not as fast. But she was beaten by an aggregate ¼ of a length--and neck and a nose--in two legs of the Canadian Triple Crown. That means colts. And that means she’s been today’s distance, no other filly can claim. She’s trained purposefully and well since the Prince of Wales and picks up Johnny Velazquez (9-2).

Taking Milwaukee Appeal to win at 3-1 or greater, an exacta box with Careless Jewel. Trifecta players can add price shot Sweet And Flawless (20-1), too much prive on the early line with Dominguez.

Running Totals: (486) 145-99-67 Total Dollar Return: $1,000.50 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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