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.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Jane, Meet Dina

You mean Diamond Dina is fastest on performance figures, 56 days fresh and is first-time Rick Dutrow? And 5-1 on the early line? Do I have any other choice than to take this mare to upset the overnight Possible Mate Stakes?

I must use the five-year-old mare to beat early line favorite Bubbly Jane (8-5), a developing four-year-old with a forward-looking pattern, owning a big class edge, experience in marathons, and getting blinkers, trainer Paulo Lobo tapping Johnny V. for the assignment. A deserving favorite for sure.

Taking Diamond Dina to win at 4-1 or greater and boxing the exacta with Bubbly Jane.

Running Totals: (519) 155-106-73 Total Dollar Return: $1,043.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, October 08, 2009

Conditions Smiling Down on Stormy Relations

Today’s Belmont Park feature is an overnight stakes, the Memories of Silver, for fillies and mares, 3 & up, sprinting six furlongs on turf. As is the case with most turf sprints, this one’s very competitive.

Issues that need resolving are whether Lindelaan (7-2) can turn back into a sprint effectively (guessing yes) whether fast Tar Heel Mom (5-1) can handle turf in her aggressively spotted grass debut (rather not guess) and whether the Rice uncoupled trio is a bit over the top (seems likely).

In any case, we’re not taking a short price here and find Stormy Relations (10-1) very interesting. She has conditioning turning back from routes, was unlucky when beaten under these conditions here in the summer, handles any ground and picks up underrated turf ace Jose Lezcano. Further, David Donk can’t be any hotter and there appears to be sufficient pace to help her late running talent.

Taking Stormy Relations to win at 8-1 or greater and keying her in exactas with Lindelaan and Meriwether Jessica (5-1).

Running Totals: (518) 155-106-73 Total Dollar Return: $1,043.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Barbara to Keep Roll Going in Belmont Feature

The New York race week begins with a preliminary allowances going a mile and a sixteenth on the main track expected to be wet. While gooey going does move Stevil (5-2) up, he’s not necessarily one-dimensional.

But it looks as if the fates will be kind. It’s highly probable that Wednesday’s track will be wet, he’s a late developing 4-year-old gelding who’s put his game together this summer.

His lifetime best performance figure came last out off the Bob Barbara claim, who’s doing very well at the young meet, Jose Lezcano on the re-ride looking for his third straight score aboard this middle distance specialist who owns enough early speed to place him forwardly here. The issue is a regression as his last was a big top. As a late developer, he also can continue to go well, making this a tricky call.

Taking Stevil to win at 2-1 or greater, keying him first and second in exotics with super sharp Success Fee (5-1), and Luv Gov (7-2) who’s well suited by minor turn-back in return to his optimal distance and with a switch to Rajiv Maragh.

Running Totals: (517) 154-106-73 Total Dollar Return: $1,040.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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