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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Sunday, July 08, 2007

Same Scenario Likely To Get Same Result in Belmont Feature

Yesterday it was Dream Rush, dropping back to a more suitable distance and a softer spot to dominate the Grade 1 Prioress. Today, Ginger Punch (4-5) plays that role and the result will probably be the same. She’ll be a very tough favorite.

With Ginger Punch you get Sugar Swirl as part of the Frank Stronach entry which, while not as accomplished as her mate, is 2-for-3 at seven furlongs and 1-for-2 at Belmont Park with Garrett Gomez for trainer Bobby Frankel.

Bill Mott starts George Steinbrenner’s Sweet Fervor (2-1), a talented four-year-old homebred and a three-time winner at this specialized sprint distance, including a Grade 2 stakes, and is 1-for-1 at Belmont Park.

Nothing But Fun (12-1) could make things interesting. She, too, is a distance specialist and is a Grade 2 winner and Grade 1 placed. She comes off a lifetime pace top in her prep for this and might land a share in the six-horse field on the stretchout.

But Ginger Punch is the most probable winner. She’s Grade 2 placed on Polytrack at the distance but recently was gaining ground to miss by a neck to Take de Tour in the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps at 8-½ furlongs over the track. Frankel is a profitable 27 percent with his turn-backs.

Taking Ginger Punch to win, no price restrictions, exacta key boxes with Sweet Fervor and Nothing But Fun, extra ticket with Ginger Punch first.

Running Totals: (56) 27-12-9 Dollar Return $156.00 [win selections only]

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Saturday, July 07, 2007

This Dreamer Gets A Grade 1 Rush

Fillies with speed are always fun and some of the fastest felines, aged three, will get together in today’s featured Prioress at Belmont Park, one of the few American Grade 1 sprints for sprinting fillies.

Four fillies deserve serious consideration to earn the Prioress title, from the rail out; Silver Knockers (4-1), Cash’s Call (12-1), Ticket To Seattle (8-1) and Dream Rush (8-5).

Silver Knockers came into her own at Pimlico last out, posting a key race score and earning a competitive performance figure. She’s had plenty of recovery time and her :46 4/5 Saratoga training track workout was the best of 41 three-year-old fillies to work during that week. She’s a comer.

Cash’s Call has been overlooked by the odds maker; 12-1 is just too much price. She’s just as fast as Silver Knockers and Ticket To Seattle, her :49 2/5 breeze, under restraint, was eighth fastest the same week Silver Knockers trained, and she’s a worthy 2-for-3 at the distance with a second place finish.

Ticket To Seattle earned an excellent figure two back then tried a turf sprint next time out. That probably was a training exercise, as Steve Klesaris is 28 percent efficient going turf to dirt, and you don‘t try Grade 1 company without serious consideration. She, too, is a sprint specialist, as her (4) 2-2-0 slate attests.

Still, Dream Rush is the most probable winner. She found the pace and the eight furlongs of the Grade 1 Acorn just a tad too much last time, and that came following a career best effort. She’s flat out faster than this group, has the conditioning turning back from the mile Acorn, and just loves the surface.

Her Acorn placing was her first defeat in Elmont in three lifetime starts. The shift to an outside post will allow Eibar Coa to see how the pace shakes out before making his move. That was not the case when she drew the rail in the Acorn and had to make too much use of her early. The Rick Violette barn is white hot.

Taking Dream Rush to win, no price restrictions, and keying her first and second in trifectas and superfectas with the other three fillies, an extra trifecta ticket with her on top.

Running Totals: (55) 26-12-9 Dollar Return: $152.70 [win selections only]

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Friday, July 06, 2007

Run This Twilight Feature In The Dark

Today’s Belmont Park feature, a “non-winners of two other-than/optional claiming $50,000,” does not exactly get the blood pumping. It’s a six-horse field that features a seemingly unbeatable favorite from high profile connections. The main contender looks to be a freshened three-year-old from the Pletcher/Velazquez team.

Ho hum.

Frankly, I don’t believe City Attraction (1-1) can be beaten and I’d be lying if I said there were other smart options. This Rick Dutrow trainee comes from two rapidly run placings, the spacing (38 days) is perfect, the distance is right, and Cornelio Velasquez fits tighter than OJ’s glove.

City Attraction is a “now” horse. He’s been consistently faster than the group except for the returning Shuffling Maddnes, who figures to need the effort.

The only interesting rival with a puncher’s chance is Our Sacred Honor (2-1), badly outrun when last seen in the Grade 3 Withers after a promising third place finish in the rapidly run Aventura at Gulfstream Park. Freshened by Mr. Pletcher is likely the perfect tonic for a colt that gets blinkers this afternoon. They may or may not help; a tough read with this barn.

Taking City Attraction to win, no price restrictions, and an exacta box with Our Sacred Honor.

Running Totals: (54) 26-11-9 Dollar Return: $152.70 [win selections only]

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