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.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

It May Be Spring But Some Things Never Change

Time to find out if we go well fresh. Today’s feature on the Aqueduct main track is a secondary allowances/$50,000 optional claimer for 4-year-olds and up going a two-turn nine furlongs. Our look will concentrate on Irish Majesty (3-1), Angelica Aura (9-2) and Hawkinsville (8-1).

We’re taking a position against favorite No Reply (9-5) coming off an extremely fast effort on relatively short rest.

Irish Majesty, 3-for-9 at the route, is returning to his optimal distance as part of the Gary Contessa trained entry. Additionally, he’s won his lone start over this surface and drops to his proper level here. Mike Luzzi will have the option to stalk from close range from his mid-position in the starting gate.

Angelica Aura is coming off the recent David Jacobson claim who has fared better with second starters off a claim and accompanied usually by a class drop. But the stretch-out figures to suit here and the 5-year-old returns to the surface over which he won his only start. Mario Pino picks up the mount on the tactical speedster.

Hawkinsville comes from a barn that’s 22 percent effective with their shippers and the young 10-pound apprentice has won with half of the four horses he’s ridden for Wesley Ward, who’s bringing a division to New York this year. Hawkinsville has excellent kick but stretches out here. To his credit, he finished second in his only start at this trip.

Taking Irish Majesty to win at 5-2 or greater and keying him first and second in exacgta boxes with Angelic Aura and Hawkinsville.

Running Totals: (189) 64-41-22. Total Dollar Return: $401.80 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Monday, March 10, 2008

On the Road…

HRI's Free Feature Race Analysis will take an alternative form over the next month beginning March 12. Executive editor John Pricci is going on the Triple Crown trail and will spend the next four weeks in Tampa and Hallandale Beach Florida, and in Queens, New York.

During this period the Free Analysis will appear occasionally from different locales, schedule permitting. At this writing, we intend to provide handicapping coverage on Tampa Bay Derby day, March 15, and each day we attend the races at Gulfstream Park the following two weeks.

We will resume our regular coverage of New York racing during our reporting on the Wood Memorial, the first week of April. Please check back with us daily.

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, March 08, 2008

Good Card, Good Price

If you didn’t look at the conditions for today’s race and just checked the performance figures, you would think it was an overnight stakes. However, it’s “only” a preliminary allowances, but one full of fast horses. We’ll concentrate on two: Southern Prince (2-1), the speed of the speed types, and Good Card (6-1), who tops the Pat Kelly stable entry.

Our first inclination was to throw up our hands and say, enough already, I’m taking the early line favorite. But not because he’s, by definition, the fast horse, but because he recently was claimed by Gary Contessa. This outfit is making a joke out of this meet, just winning everything in sight, and has been particularly effective first time off the claim. But he just might be a bit better at 5-½ furlongs, is coming back fairly quickly, and figures to be pressured on the pace.

But clearly the value is Good Card, a stretch running sprinter that fits today’s race shape and pace scenario very well, and any remaining moisture in the track is a plus. The winter track has been a little holding the past few days, and hopefully that will be the case again here, cutting the legs out from under the speed horses. Good Card has been chasing New-York bred stakes types. Even though this is an open-class group, he’s still getting some class relief here.

Taking Good Card to win at 5-1 or greater and an exacta box with Southern Prince.

Running Totals: (188) 64-41-21. Total Dollar Return: $401.80 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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