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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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Not Betting Against the Win…so to speak

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But we are betting Against the Win (5-2) in today's featured eighth race at Parx Racing.

The gelded 4YO has gotten a late start in his career but he has shown some promise as a visually impressive maiden breaker at Tampa in April. Lightly raced and seemingly well managed by Delacour--batting 25% with his repeaters and he gives the white hot Acosta the call.

Today's ground should be to his liking and should score his third straight turf victory without a defeat in this perfectly suitable spot.

Taking Against the Win to win at 8-5 or greater and a boxed exacta with the sharp Park Avenue Appeal (9-2)

Number of Selections since 2007: 1767

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 532-336

Amount Wagered: $3,534 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,638.00

Profit to Date: $104.00

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Written by John Pricci


Saturday, June 20, 2015

A Grand Bed o’ Roses Matchup

Today's Grade 3 Bed o' Roses is a two-horse race on paper and likely will be that way to the wire. Will it be speed filly Verdad (2-1) lead throughout for her sixth win over the Elmont surface, or will Grade 1 winner Dame Dorothy run her down in the shadow of the wire? We taking the latter proposition.

Dame Dorothy will spot her main rival one pound as the 123-pound high-weight but La Verdad must spot Room For Me seven pounds, a filly she beaten by a half-length in their last meeting. The latter might be able to press her enough to set things up for the late runner.

Taking Dame Dorothy to win, on price restrictions, an exacta box with La Verdad, and adding Street Story (6-1) and Expression (12-1) to the super-exotics mix.

Number of Selections since 2007: 1766

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 531-336

Amount Wagered: $3,532 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,634.50

Profit to Date: $102.50

Written by John Pricci


Friday, June 19, 2015

Map Points the Way to Belmont Circle

Today's feature race is a dandy. Unfortunately, it's another short field, filled by the usual suspects, in familiar roles that are likely to take down the major prize once again. And that's Liam's Map (6-5), a member of the Todd/Javier team this afternoon.

Sure he's coming off a layup which is a red flag but counting on Todd to make a lot of mistakes is not a winning strategy. Agreed, neither is taking a short price in scenarios such as these. But this picture includes the fact that while he has earned figures that should set him back a while--and have recently--the recovery time is there.

Further, he is the controlling speed from an outside position and while extremely fast hasn't over-developed to the point where you can assume the rise is over. He's never taken a backward step in four lifetime starts.

Taking Liam's Map to win, no price restrictions, and an exacta box with the equally fresh North Slope (8-1).

Written by John Pricci


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