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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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

If I Were a Rich Man…

Today’s feature that begins Travers week is the Albany Handicap for state-bred three year olds going nine furlongs. The key here is the distance at which either the entrants have no experience and/or is not suited to by pedigree.

In that context, the horse with the most upside clearly is Fiddlers Afleet (2-1) which in his short career has found graded open stakes a tad to tough for New York competition just right.

Sent to the barn of Michael Hushion for a state-bred preliminary allowances 7 furlongs at Belmont Park, he dusted the group by nearly 14 lengths as the even money choice.

Ramon Dominguez has been very successful aboard Legal Consent, the fastest horse in her on the Equiform scale, but prefers to ride this colt for the first time off that allowance romp.

With his ability to come from slightly off the pace in a speed laden field, and with Quiet American on the bottom side of his pedigree and the strong, clever Dominguez in the boot, he appears the only way to go. Alas, he will be a short price.

Taking Fiddlers Afleet with no price restrictions to win and boxing him in the exacta with the late developing Pocket Cowboys (9-2).

Running Totals: (489) 145-101-67 Total Dollar Return: $1,000.50 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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


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