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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Friday, August 08, 2014

Hot Barn Will Give No Quarter

Even though it drew seven horses overnight, very competitive renewal of the G2 Hall of Fame Stakes. Bobby's Kitten (7-5), the most accomplished, is a deserving favorite (7-5). Bashart, 2-for-2 on Spa turf and at the distance (4-1) is an obvious contender, and is the troubled-last out, aptly named Long On Value (5-1).

But no barn has been hotter than Graham Motion's, whose Give No Quarter (3-1) comes off a strong-finish allowance win in a large field making his season's debut at Belmont last month, Mr. Motion is a profitable 22% effective in LAY-2 scenarios, there looks to be sufficient speed up front and Maragh takes a return call with pole position. Tiz Wonderful cot has lots of upside.

Taking Give No Quarter at early line odds or greater and keying first and second in super-exotics with his rivals here.

Number of Selections since 2007: 1584

Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 484-306-242

Amount Wagered: $3,168 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,272.00

Profit to Date: $104.00

Written by John Pricci

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Thursday, August 07, 2014

Micromanaging Sometimes Is Required

Today's feature is the Birdstone Stakes at 14 furlongs as the marathon theme continues but the only difference here is that this one's on dirt.

Between this and yesterday's John's Call, Todd cross-entered in both races; you be the trainer. On Wednesday on turf, not his proven surface, he is 3-1 on the early line. On Thursday, on his surface and against fewer and less accomplished runners, he's 4-5. What would you do?

I would take Micromanage to win, no price restrictions, and box him in the exacta with Don Dulce (7-2).

Number of Selections since 2007: 1583

Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 483-306-242

Amount Wagered: $3,166 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,269.00

Profit to Date: $103.00

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Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Shug Holds the Key to John’s Call

Today's feature named for the venerable John's Call naturally is a turf marathon going 13 furlongs which means the trip with be everything. While the favorite Winning Cause (2-1) is getting huge class release dropping from five consecutive graded stakes, it's Tricky Hat (5-1) that peaks our interest.

Getting a couple pounds at this distance is not insignificant, neither is the ground saving pole, switch back to regular rider Rosie, an adaptable style, excellent late energy, 1-for-1 on Spa turf and exits a super-key race that produced four next-out winners, the early line value is too tempting to ignore.

Taking Tricky Hat to win at 3-1 or greater, an exacta box with the favorite, and adding veteran Spa Lover Grand Rapport (12-1) to the super-exotics mix.

Number of Selections since 2007: 1582

Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 482-306-242

Amount Wagered: $3,164 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,259.90

Profit to Date: $95.90

Written by John Pricci

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