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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Saturday, June 21, 2014


Giant Killer on the Case


When the fillies in the G1 Ogden Phipps were going down the backside, with a large personal stake in the performance of Princess of Sylmar, I was happy to see the lively pace but, at the same time, wondered why the rider on Classic Point (8-1) was shooting ducks on the backstretch run.

I'm not sure, but I'm pretty certain those tactics will have her ready for best today, and the fact that she's dropping into a Grade 3, the Bed Of Roses, and turning back to her most effective distance. She doesn't necessarily need the lead and her outside draw gives Junior Alvarado some options.

Taking Classic Point to win at 5-1 or greater and key-boxing her first in the exacta with Street Girl (7-2).

Number of Selections since 2007: 1551

Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 473-296-240

Amount Wagered: $3,102 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,196.40

Profit to Date: $94.10

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Friday, June 20, 2014


Take “Mr. Juvenile” in the Tremont


Today's Belmont Park feature, the Tremont for juvenile colts going 5-1/2 furlongs, has drawn a field of five including two first time starters.

I guess experience for babies is a good thing, and these horses would run someplace else if not for this spot. But is that a good enough reason to card this event?

Of the five, Wesley Ward, Mr. Two Year Old, will saddle two, including the winner of his debut at Pimlico, April 17. Very well backed, he stalked the pace while racing four wide and showed some class to out-battle his rivals through the lane. Given sufficient recovery time, he has been training very well for his local and stakes debut.

Taking Bessie's Boy (2-1) to win, no price restrictions, and boxing an exacta with well bred newcomer, $150K purchase King Rontos, debuting for Rudy Rodriguez, and likely favorite Chocolate Wildcat (9-5), a fast maiden winner in GP debut.

Number of Selections since 2007: 1550

Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 472-296-240

Amount Wagered: $3,100 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,190.10

Profit to Date: $90.10

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Thursday, June 19, 2014


Playing It Safe with Recent Good Form


Today's featured 8th race at Belmont, an NX2 allowances/optional claimer for fillies and mares going 1-1/16 miles on the main track. None of the six entrants would leave handicappers with a good feeling. It's a crapshoot with more individual questions than answers; barn changes, class changes, all of it.

We're opting on the side of caution and taking the filly with the best current form and performance figures, Very Cherry Candy (9-5). She handles the distance and surface well, has improved in the Jacobson barn, and attracts the white hot Cornelio Velasquez, who's pushing all the right buttons whatever the dynamics.

Taking Very Cherry Candy to win at 2-1 or greater and key boxing in exactas with likely pacesetter Our Amazing Rose (5-2) and surface lover Tahoe Tigress (7-2).

Number of Selections since 2007: 1549

Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 472-296-240

Amount Wagered: $3,098 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,190.10

Profit to Date: $92.10

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