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, September 28, 2007

How About Some Inside Info?

Today's feature is interesting, like most seven furlong turf events drawing a sizable field on the Widener course. This sprint is a secondary allowances, optional claiming $50,000. Three that have caught our eye are, from the inside, out: Metro Meteor (3-1), Theconfidenceman (4-1) and Inside Info (15-1).

Metro Meteor is the most likely winner. He is sharp, fastest on performance figures, significantly faster, won his only start at this distance and is a four-time winner over the course. He takes a confident rise off a tough trip loss at the $35,000 level, and Raffy Bejarano knows how to time the winning last run on grass.

Theconfidenceman is very interesting. He showed improvement last out, a late developer, typical of many geldings that come into their own at ages 5 and 6. He earned a competitive figure with a fast finish last out and has done his best racing in this course, particuarly if performance figures are the measure. Entered back quickly for the crafty Leo O'Brien, Jose Lezcano, an underrated, talented grass rider, takes the re-ride.

Inside Info is a huge price on the early line. He showed marked improvement despite a very rough trip last out and gets a favorable rider switch to veteran turf ace, Jean Luc Samyn. Not very far behind the second favorite here, he should provide excellent value in a very competitive group.

Taking Inside Info to win and place at 8-1 or greater, and exacta keys first and second with his two logical rivals.

Running Totals: (110) 40-26-11. Dollar Return: $230.00 [win selections only] {Thursday's results not included}

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Talking a Small Treasure in Floral Park

Today’s featured Floral Park Stakes, an overnight for fillies and mares three-year-olds and up, features trainer Rick Dutrow’s Ice Cool Kitty, an extremely worthy early line favorite at 7-5.

On performance figures, she’s the fastest filly in the group, those figures earned at Belmont Park where she has a slate of (3) 2-1-0 and a good record at today’s seven furlong distance, a win and placing in two starts. She has a versatile style, has proven herself consistently at this level and hails from a barn having a strong meet.

However, second choice Talking Treasure (5-2) is a late developing three-year-old in receipt of three pounds from her older rival, and a perfect 3-for-3 at the distance, accompanied each time by Johnny Velazquez, today’s partner. She won the recent New York Oaks in a laugher at Finger Lakes and her figures are improving with maturity, especially her race two back at seven furlongs in Saratoga. The figure she earned was competitive with the favorite and the slight weight pull should bring them together.

The way Dutrow’s going, his filly likely will be an odds-on choice.

So we’re taking value on Talking Treasure at early line odds of 5-2 or greater, boxing her in the exacta with the favorite. Street Sass has an interesting look at 12-1 for additional exotics plays.

Running Totals: (110) 40-26-11. Dollar Return: $230.00 [win selections only]

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Raceland Will Prove Good Claim

In today’s state-bred feature, the Sherpa Guide for male three-year-olds and up at a mile and a sixteenth, trainer Rick Violette might rue the day he lost Raceland to Pat Reynolds for a $50,000 claiming tag.

Raceland went well early in the Saratoga meet and hasn’t raced since, not a bad thing considering that he has shown an affinity for Belmont Park on performance figures, likes this distance, is comfortable on the surface considering a (5) 2-2-0 slate.

Raceland (7-2) has tactical speed, can finish, and you have to love the confidence the barn has is showing by making its first start off the claim in stakes company. Reynolds is a profitable 22 percent in his first start off the claim.

His main rivals are early line favorite Who What Win (9-5) and French Transition (4-1).

Who What Win, also a four-year-old, was recently was a good third in the Gen. Douglas MacArthur on opening day of the fall meet. He’s been keeping good company consistently and this might serve as his prep for the $250,000 Empire Classic.

French Transition, meanwhile, is a razor sharp three-year-old who exploded onto the scene at Saratoga. A repeat of his last, which seems unlikely, would win this but, the bounce notwithstanding, he must prove he can be just as effective rounding one turn as opposed to the Spa’s two.

Taking track-loving Raceland to win at 3-1 or greater, keying him in exacta and trifecta boxes with Who What Win and French Transition.

Running Totals: (109) 40-26-11. Dollar Return: $230.00 [win selections only]

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