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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, March 15, 2014


By Order of the Coach


The big race of the day of course takes place in Hot Springs. It's the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes that has drawn a very salty field of eight three year olds. We think perhaps any of five horses can win this, a sixth with a puncher's chance.

The deserving favorite is, of course, Tapiture (9-5), who dominated in the Southwest Stakes. It was a lifetime best and beneath 122 pounds he spots weight to all. We're looking for a minor upset.

Strong Mandate (2-1) had a very tough, wide trip behind in the favorite in that race and was up against it with a very wide draw on a speedy, inside-favoring Santa Anita strip.

What peaks our interest off that first rate placing behind Tapiture is the fact he came back to work a bullet half mile only eight days after the race. Guess he came out of his season's debut in top form.

Taking Strong Mandate to win at 2-1 or greater, exacta key boxes with the favorite and impressive San Vicente winner Kobe's Back (7-2), and adding Ride On Curlin (12-1), Street Strategy (8-1) and Hoppertunity (10-1) to the super-exotics mix.

Number of Selections since May, 2007: 1492

Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 457-284-228

Amount Wagered: $2,986 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,127.60

Profit to Date: $141.60

Written by John Pricci

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Friday, March 14, 2014


Action Andy Gets the Money


Today's Gulfstream feature is a NW# allowances/optional claimer going 6-1/2 furlongs for older horses and the one in for the $100,000 claiming tag is surface loving Apriority, a four-time GP winner and never off the board at this trip, including a victory.

The hard-hitting 7YO loomed a winner last out but tired in the final sixteenth at 7F; today's mini-turnback suits perfectly.

However, we're taking Carlos Garcia's ship-in Action Andy, a very game third last time out in a 7F stakes over Tampa Bay ground. The last time this speedster shipped down from Oldsmar, he finished second to classy surface lover Travelin Man. There's no such adversary here.

Taking Action Andy beneath Paco Lopez at 3-1 or greater and an exacta box with Apriority.


Number of Selections since May, 2007: 1491

Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 456-284-228

Amount Wagered: $2,984 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,121.80

Profit to Date: $137.80

Written by John Pricci

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Thursday, March 13, 2014


You Need Luck to Be Successful


In today's feature preliminary allowances/optional claimer, Awesome Vow (5-2) has a lot going for her. She exits a key race, likes the trip, worked 2nd best of 30 peers during the week and Jorge Navarro will tighten the girth.

But we're interested in Successful Luck (6-1) who demonstrated excellent energy distribution to win her debut, racing mid-pack off moderate fractions but exploding home for the win after being angled wide by Joe Rocco, who takes the return call.

Obviously, the delayed 4YO raises concerns but she obviously loves the Hallandale surface and has enough bottom-side pedigree for the added distance. The price should be fair, too.

Taking Successful Luck to win at 4-1 or greater and key-boxing in exactas with Awesome Vow and Malibu Mudslide, pole sitting with Rosario and going first time off Marty Wolfson's claim (28%).


Number of Selections since May, 2007: 1490

Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 456-284-228

Amount Wagered: $2,982 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,121.80

Profit to Date: $139.80

Written by John Pricci

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