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.

Monday, September 07, 2015

I See the Light

The lid comes down on Saratoga today and the hope here is that, this time, Magna Light (3-1), will stay the course by keeping a straight course to the wire.

He proved best in the Sanford but justifiably, controversially was disqualified for failing to keep a straight course twice in the stretch, the second time stopping the momentum of a rival when he lugged back inside in the shadow of the wire.

In any event, he appears the speed of the speed and it will be up to Jose Ortiz get get him away running from his rail post going 7 furlongs, no easy task. He's been on the sidelines awaiting this since the incident in late July.

Taking Magna Light to win, no price restrictions, boxing an exacta with Uncle Vinny (5-2) and adding 2-for-2 Florida shipper Bullet Gone Astray to the super-exotics mix.

Number of Selections since 2007: 1822

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 548-349

Amount Wagered: $3,644 [$2 to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,759.50

Profit to Date: $115.50

Written by John Pricci


Sunday, September 06, 2015

Parx Feature AND the Luck of the Irish

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Interesting competitive feature at Parx today, a 6F sprint boasting a full field. Pool Winner at 5-2 is the early line favorite and getting at least those odds at post seems reasonable. Pool Winner has raced very well in turf sprints all year for the Goldberg/Santulli outfit and returns to that barn after two recent placings following back-to-back wins.

His versatility is an advantage given the dynamics and he picks up Alvarado. Taking Pool Winner with no price restrictions and boxing the exacta with Winning The Medal, 2-for-2 on grass and 1-for-1 at this trip.

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The G2 Prioress is the penultimate day feature at Saratoga featuring surface loving Cavorting (2-1), winner of the G1 Test last time out. However, we can't believe that this race was on the original dance card and she returns on relatively short rest.

Instead, we prefer Irish Jasper (5-1) who never got into that race after breaking from the pole, gets a weights break from the favorite, shifts outside, is handy enough to stay within contact of the lead and can kick home from an advantageous outer position here with Javier on the re-ride.

Making her first start for Chad Brown, taking Irish Jasper to win at 4-1 or greater and key-boxing exactas with Cavorting and Test runnerup, Bar of Gold (6-1).

Number of Selections since 2007: 1820

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 548-348

Amount Wagered: $3,640 [$2 to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,759.50

Profit to Date: $119.50

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, September 05, 2015

Going for Woodward Gusto

There's no shortage of Todd Pletcher trainees in this year's Grade 1 nine furlongs, four in fact, including tough luck Whitney runnerup, Liam's Map.

Well, before there was Liam's Map there was a horse with a similar style and profile in the barn; Protonico (12-1).

Yes, he's coming off a layup but he's done that successfully before and of the speed types, of which there are several signed on, he can kick home the fastest.

His tactical speed and outside draw should put Jose Ortiz in position to react to whatever happens in front of him.

Taking Protonico to win at 6-1 or greater and an exacta box with Liam's Map.

Number of Selections since 2007: 1819

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 548-348

Amount Wagered: $3,638 [$2 to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,759.50

Profit to Date: $121.50

Written by John Pricci


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