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.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Hangingbyathread? Almost Looks Too Easy

Today’s New York feature is the Do It Fast overnight stakes for older New York-breds going nine furlongs on the inner turf course. This puzzle looks relatively easy to solve.

If you saw Hangingbyathread’s (7-2) last race then you know why. After racing very wide on the first turn from the extreme outside slip, he did manage to save ground on far turn. Problem number two. He was forced to steady for an eighth of a mile looking for room that never came.

And you know why after you note that trainer Carlos Martin, having an excellent meet, is a profitable 22 percent with third-off-the-layoff starters. And if you’ve noticed how well Jose Lezcano has been riding the local turf course, then you have reason number three. For a turf event, there’s sufficient early foot signed on, which also helps the cause.

Taking Hangingbyathread to win at 5-2 or greater and an exacta key box with the classy early favorite, Mission Approved (5-2), and the second-off-the-layup My Man Lars (6-1), reuniting with Javier Castellano.

Running Totals: (456) 137-94-62 Total Dollar Return: $960.70 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Sunday, July 05, 2009

Pretty As a Picture

Today’s New York feature is the Grade 2 Tom Fool featuring the best sprinter in the country, Fabulous Strike (6-5), who’s really underappreciated. He runs fast race after race after race. He can set or sit off the pace and never seems to be affected by the pace no matter how fast.

Now you won’t get rich but it seems worth trying to beat him today with the three-year-old Munnings (2-1). The Todd Pletcher colt has shown remarkable development from two to three, undeniably growing into that tremendous frame that was on display at Saratoga last summer.

Younger, he gets 11 pounds from Fabulous Strike, not insignificant, and his outside draw in this small field can prove a huge tactical edge, with the favorite breaking from the rail. Johnny Velazquez rides.

Taking Munnings to win at 2-1 or greater and an exacta box with Fabulous Strike.

Running Totals: (455) 136-94-62 Total Dollar Return: $957.40 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, July 04, 2009

Upset at the Shore

For an analysis of the Salvator Mile at Monmouth Park, see Pricci Morning Line on the HRI lead page

In today’s Salvator Mile at Monmouth Park, taking Coal Play to win at 7-2 or greater and an exacta box with Smooth Air.

Running Totals: (454) 135-94-62 Total Dollar Return: $943.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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