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 19, 2009

Adirondack a Thing of Beauty

The second half of the Spa 141 race meet begins with the G2 Adirondack for two year old fillies going 6-½. It features the tough-trip runnerup in the opening day Schuylerville and yet another Jess Jackson purchase off a fast and impressive debuting filly at Calder race course last month.

The horse to beat is Beautician (3-1) who, after being forced to check dramatically, finished strongly for place too late behind the impressive and undefeated Hot Dixie Chick. While trainer Ken McPeek is having a rough meet, this miss ran well and McPeek is profitable in second-time Lasix scenarios.

Interesting that Jackson bought Dashing Debby from a fast, visually impressive Calder debut knowing that he had Hot Dixie Chick in the barn. Maybe because the latter runs in his wife’s name or maybe, like Rachel Alexandra, she’s a daughter of Medaglia d’Oro. Either way, she will be a tough out.

Taking Beautician to win at 2-1 or greater, boxing her in the exacta with Dashing Debby. Trifecta players can add late running Camille’s Appeal (5-1), an uncoupled Asmussen filly, and fast working Sassy Image (8-1) to their trifecta mix.

Running Totals: (484) 144-99-66 Total Dollar Return: $994.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Monday, August 17, 2009

Targeting Troy from Afar

Today's featured Troy Stakes at 5-1/2 on the grass features a horse that has been carefully pointed toward this. Storm Treasure (10-1), who has raced well when fresh in the past, has been training methodical and quiakly at Churchill Downs for his return to Saratoga. Take him to win at 8-1 or greater and key him in all money positions in the trifecta with razor sharp Awakino Cat (3-1), classy veteran Atticus Kristy (5-1) and turf-sprint specialist True To Tradtion.

Written by John Pricci


Sunday, August 16, 2009

Sometimes Everyone Is Just: Hangingbyathread

Today’s West Point for older state-breds going nine furlongs on the turf is always entertaining; formful with too many short prices. This again looks like one of those.

The favorite is Banrock (2-1), and deservedly so as the most accomplished member of the field. Getting class relief dropping out of the G1 United Nations back into restricted company, he’s from a live barn, loves this course and the trip, but prefers some cut in the ground--although he was run fast on firm turf. Still, at a short price, not for us.

The preference is Hangingbyathread, who continues to show improvement as a 5-year-old gelding. The owners always point for this meeting, Carlos Martin is having a fine year, he’s won at Saratoga, and is 2-for-5 at this trip. He has a strong kick but enough tactical speed at this distance to insure a good journey. A winner last out, Jose Lezcano takes the re-ride.

Taking Hangingbyathread to win at 3-1 or greater, and key boxing first and second with Banrock and Kutaisi (6-1), a good second to the choice at Belmont Park last out and developing into a nice little win machine.

Running Totals: (482) 144-99-66 Total Dollar Return: $994.30 [win selections only] {Saturday's results not included}

Written by John Pricci


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