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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Wednesday, June 18, 2014


Turnbacks R Us


A choice of two features offering the same purse of $77,000 on the turf but we'll stick with the more conventional 7 furlongs as opposed to the mile and a half "rider's race."

Ordinarily, this would be a good chance to try to upset the Chad Brown-trained favorite Hillhouse High (6-5) with Christophe Clement's finished-well-too-late last out Scatcapade (4-1) with Belmont winning pilot Joel Rosario.

But the favorite has a little too much performance figure edge, the better position given the dynamic, and Chad is an otherworldly 38% and profitable turning back into sprints off routes.

We'll take Hillouse High to win, no price restrictions, exacta boxes with Scatcapade and uncoupled mate Tasmona (6-1), switching to Castellano, and will try to fill out super-exotics with price shots Inspired by Grace (10-1) and Knacque (8-1).

Number of Selections since 2007: 1548

Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 471-296-240

Amount Wagered: $3,096 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,186.40

Profit to Date: $90.40



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Sunday, June 15, 2014


A Gathering Storm


Today's Belmont Park featured 8th race, an N3X/optional claiming for fillies and mares going 9 furlongs on the inner turf. Anyone have a coin? Yes, it's that open.

However, it does appear that Gathering (7-2) is coming up to this the right way off two mile tries now stretches to a suitably longer trip in her start start off the layup.

The older Sheppard trainee sat the pocket in last but the pace was moderate, the final fractions brisk, and she remained one paced. It looked like a good effort from which to move forward.

Taking Gathering to win at 3-1 or greater and key-boxing in exactas with class dropping Caroline Thomas (3-1) and course loving Mariel n Kathy (10-1) who appeared in need of her last.

Number of Selections since 2007: 1547

Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 471-295-240

Amount Wagered: $3,094 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,186.40

Profit to Date: $92.40



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Saturday, June 14, 2014


Livin’ On a Prayer


The feature race of the day is the feature race of the night, the Grade 1 Stephen Foster showcasing some of the best handicap horses in the country. If Will Take Charge rebounds from a terribly dull effort, he should handle this assignment despite top weight of 123 pounds. Absent that, it's a wide open event.

We'll take any value available with Prayer for Relief (8-1), racing in excellent form for Dale Romans. The race shape should suit as Johnny V. works out a stalk and pounce trip from his outside post and the 6YO gets five pounds from the favorite. But as deep as the field is, one cannot accept a short price.

Taking Prayer for Relief to win at 5-1 or greater and key boxing first and second in the exotics with the favorite, the rejuvenated Revolutionary (2-1), win machine Departing (9-2), and adding price shot Long River (15-1) to the super-exotics mix.

Number of Selections since 2007: 1546

Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 471-295-240

Amount Wagered: $3,092 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,186.40

Profit to Date: $94.40

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