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.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

No Guts, No Glory

Today’s feature in New York is the Grade 3 Poker Handicap at one mile on the turf. It’s always entertaining--even today’s short field--which looks like to two horse affair between champion highweight Kip Deville (4-5) and Tam Lin (5-2).

Clearly, the champ has the best credentials and is fastest on performance figures by a wide margin. He’s good fresh, but the layoff he comes from is the one from Dubai. That trip can be taxing and it’s worth trying to upset him at the price.

Not that Tam Lin will make you rich but he gives you better than a puncher’s chance. He’s second fastest on figures but comes up to this the right way, his condition is less in question, and he’s been working bullets in preparation for this. Further, he is likely to set a controlled, moderate pace. We’ll pay to find out.

Taking Tam Lin to win at 5-2 or greater and an exacta box with Kip Deville.

Running Totals: (444) 134-92-58 Total Dollar Return: $938.80 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Macho, Macho Man

The most compelling stakes race this afternoon will be run in Kentucky with Churchill Downs’ Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap. And while Einstein looms an extremely solid and sentimental favorite, that doesn’t pay the bills.

We’re taking the course-loving Macho Man, in receipt of seven pounds, to upset the Foster at 8-1 or greater, boxing him in the exacta with Einstein.

For a more complete look at today’s Stephen Foster Handicap, please see Pricci Morning Line on the lead page.

Running Totals: (443) 133-92-58 Total Dollar Return: $921.60 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, June 12, 2009

It’s Not HBO, It’s Cable

Today’s Belmont Park feature technically is the Kashatreya Stakes for stat-breds going as the third race. But since it’s a five-horse field featuring a 1-5 early line favorite, we’ll pass.

Not that the eighth race will make you rich, but the turf route in very competitive and we think the possibility of getting the early line odds on Cable (2-1) is real.

Making his local debut this season for Christophe Clement, he went 2-for-2 last season, both starts at today’s distance and one over the Belmont turf.

Cable’s season debut was a good one, a competitive figure effort on Polytrack at Keeneland despite lugging in and hindering his rider. That route proved key, producing two next out winners.

Switching to leading rider Ramon Dominguez, we’ll take Cable to win at 2-1 or greater and keying her first and second in trifectas with Encanto Park (7-2), Senior Rita Lady (8-1) and Viva La Flag (5-2).

[Unlike yesterday’s selection, we like this play on turf only].

Running Totals: (443) 133-92-58 Total Dollar Return: $921.60 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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