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.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Diodoro Sprinter Tough as Nails in Canterbury feature.

In our attempt to promote the player friendly takeout rates at Canterbury Park, here's a look at today's featured Paul Bunyan Stakes.

No problem identifying the favorite. Any horse capable of defeating Suddenbreakingnews, which is what Royal Lion (5-2) did last fall, makes a worthy favorite at this level. But his best races have been going long, and today's 3YO debut is going three-quarters.

While the surface has been speed favoring on opening weekend, there seems to be enough pace to set the table nicely for Pistone Steel (3-1) who has tactical speed and can rally after pressing the pace.

An outside post in a small field suits nicely and Jorge Carreno gets off undefeated Smooth Chiraz (6-1) to ride for perennial power Robertino Diodoro.

Taking Pistone Steel to win at early line odds or greater and key-boxing him with his main rivals here.

Number of Selections since 2007: 2030

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 606-393

Amount Wagered: $4,060.00 [$2 to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $4,103.50

Profit to Date: $43.50

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, May 21, 2016

Weatherman’s Preakness Picks

Today's Feature Race Analysis via promotional consideration with


Dixie Stakes: The key to victory for Takeover Target (8-1) is that, first and foremost, the race remains on turf, that he gets the cut in the ground he prefers, makes use of his tactical speed and inside position. Going into this weekend, Chad was 6 for 18 shipping into Old Hilltop.

Taking Takeover Target to win on turf, no price restrictions, and an exacta box with Grand Arch (4-1).

Preakness 141 Staff Selections

1. Nyquist: Can't go against
2. Exaggerator: Gets his track
3. Stradavari: Class test today
4. Cherry Wine: Eligible for minors

1. Nyquist: Champ until beaten
2. Exaggerator: Gets his track
3. Stradavari: Acid test today
4. Cherry Wine: Romans' barn hit

1. Nyquist: Defied Derby doubters
2. Exaggerator: Wins when wet
3. Stradavari: Pletcher prepared potential
4. Cherry Wine: Superb in slop


1. Exaggerator: Mudlark
2. Nyquist: Uber classy; underlay
3. Cherry Wine: Fresh; loves wet
4. Fellowship: Sharp prep + dynamics


Number of Selections since 2007: 2027

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 604-392

Amount Wagered: $4,054.00 [$2 to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $4,087.30

Profit to Date: $33.30 {Canterbury Friday results not included}

Written by John Pricci


Friday, May 20, 2016

Go Baby Go at Pimlico and Canterbury Park, Too

No better way to prep for tomorrow's Preakness than by attempting to get alive in the Black-Eyed Susan-Preakness double...and to use the 'Suzy' winner on the front end of a parlay into tonight's opening feature at Canterbury Park, the 10,000 Lakes at 6 furlongs.

The fillies with the best chance at Pimlico are the two that ran so well in Louisville; Oaks runner-up Land Over Sea (2-1) and Go Maggie Go (5-2), fourth in the filly classic.

While Land Over Sea did very well to secure the place from post 13, we're not sure that 'Maggie' wouldn't have run her down with a cleaner start and less difficulty trip at headstretch. She rates a chance to make amends.

While using both fillies to get alive in the Double, we're taking Go Maggie Go to win the Black-Eyed Susan at 5-2 or greater and key-boxing her in exactas with the favorite and freshened Midnight On Oconee (15-1) in the super-exotics.


Favorites Will Be Tough Out in Canterbury Feature

Of the two short-priced entrants, Bourbon County (7-5) is most deserving of the honor as the event's defending champion.

Bernell Rhone, perennially among the meet's leading trainers is not particularly adept with long-layoff returnees, but this is opening night and the gelded 6YO comes in off a string of bullet works and with top Pricci Energy Ratings. If he's beaten it wont be for lack of talent or fitness. A winner of half his 14 lifetime starts, all wins were on this surface.

That said, we're expecting a small upset with Hold for More (9-5). When last seen, the gelded 4YO was second the Minnesota Classic going long, giving him a local slate of (8) 6-2-0 and now turns back to a trip at which he's 3-for-3.

Francisco Bravo is 26% effective in non-graded stakes and 17% efficient with 90-days+ layups. Perennial leader Dean Butler takes the call.

Taking Hold for More to win at 8-5 or greater, an exacta box with the favorite, and adding turn-back surface lover Let Da Cowboy Rock (15-1) to the super-exotics mix.


Number of Selections since 2007: 2024

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 603-391

Amount Wagered: $4,048.00 [$2 to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $4,081.70

Profit to Date: $33.70 {Wednesday and Thursday results not included}

Written by John Pricci


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