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, October 17, 2014


Making a Token Bet in Today’s G3 Keeneland Turf Feature


Will it happen again? Will another European ship over here to get the money? Will there be another inflated payoff on a horse ridden by Johnny Velazquez?

I can only think to answer these questions thusly: Why not?

We know Token of Love (10-1) can handle cut in the ground; she's a Euro after all, and has done so before. We know she can kick on, coming from far back in large fields, something she will encounter today.

And we know she comes from a live race: Three of six runners come out of Doncaster's Japan Racing Assn. Stakes have returned to win next out.

She had no chance in that 7F Group 3 after she dwelt at the start then encountered even more trouble soon after. Her outside draw and Johnny should ensure clear sailing, and the price should be right.

Taking Token of Love to win at 8-1 or greater, key-boxing her in exactas with Goldy Espony (6-1) and Daring Dancer, adding price shot V V Goodnight (15-1) to the super-exotics mix.


Number of Selections since 2007: 1628

Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 494-317-251

Amount Wagered: $3,256 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,384.80

Profit to Date: $128.80

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Thursday, October 16, 2014


In Todd We Trust


Today's Keeneland feature is the Grade 3 Sycamore for older turf runners at the marathon distance of 1-1/2 miles. An interesting--and difficult--race, as most open turf marathons tend to be.

I'm not sure why but it wasn't until I looked at the PPs for today that I noticed Todd Pletcher was 6-for-13 at this meet through this past weekend. I'm not sure I cashed on any of them.

But I'm going to the funeral anyway and going on record with Red Rifle (4-1), the longer half of Pletcher's uncoupled entry. With Johnny in the boot--his success has not eluded me at the windows--this 4YO's tactical speed figures to be put to proper use, and he can finish going this far, a winning prop to be sure.

Taking Red Rifle to win at 3-1 or greater and key-boxing exactas with mate Unitarian (3-1), marathon specialist Tricky Hat (5-1), and adding Villandry (6-1) to the super-exotics mix.

Number of Selections since 2007: 1627

Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 494-316-251

Amount Wagered: $3,254 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,384.80

Profit to Date: $130.80

Written by John Pricci

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Monday, October 13, 2014


Katie’s Garden Bears Fruit


Interesting holiday feature at Belmont today, the restricted Punkin Pie for fillies and mares sprinting 7 furlongs--and that's the key here: the trip.

After finishing second to the talented Toasting going a mile in her latest, Katie's Garden (2-1) is returning to her winning distance, one at which she earned her career best Energy Rating. Johnny V., aboard for the third consecutive ride, takes the reins for John Shirreffs, who's shown a typically patient hand with this late-developing Moss homebred.

Taking Katie's Garden to win, no price restrictions, and key-boxing exactas with interesting Japanese invader Unbound (3-), making her U.S. debut for Graham Motion (29% this scenario) and Wildcat Lily (6-1), sure to improve in second start following a layoff.

Number of Selections since 2007: 1627

Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 494-316-251

Amount Wagered: $3,254 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,384.80

Profit to Date: $130.80

Written by John Pricci

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