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, July 12, 2014

International Star Could Prove Well Named

The final stakes on the final day of the 2014 Belmont spring-summer meet is the Rockville Center for state-bred 2-year-olds featuring an exciting prospect named International Star (7-5).

His debut was ultra impressive, drawing off to win by a short pole in very fast time with something in reserve. The bad news is that was grass and this is dirt. However, it gave him experience overall and at the 6 furlong trip.

While trainer Mike Michael is noted for his turf runner-success for the Ramseys, the owner is known to be aggressive when he thinks he has the goods and just might here. And Maker is 22% successful going turf to dirt.

Taking International Star to win, no price restrictions, and key-boxing the exacta with fast working and experienced Bustin It and preciously bred first-timer Elusive New Yorker.

Number of Selections since 2007: 1566

Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 477-301-242

Amount Wagered: $3,132 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,221.50

Profit to Date: $89.50

Written by John Pricci

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Winning’s Just Grand

The Saturday getaway feature at Belmont is the G2 Bowling Green for older turf marathoners going a mile and a half and while we use jockeys to break ties when between two horses, we seldom take one on the presence of a rider along. And so we're betting that Joel Rosario's long-distance stakes roll will continue.

Grandeur (6-5) has kept Grade 1 company in both U.S. starts and has run well in each, including his last where he lost contact with the field early and rallied strongly but far too late. We believe his recent blowout will have him sharper for today's event, the distance and notch drop will help and, oh, yes, this is first-time Rosario.

Taking Grandeur to win, no price restrictions, boxing exacta with Boisterous (3-1), and adding Reflecting (8-1) and Hangover Kid (5-1) to the super-exotics mix.

Number of Selections since 2007: 1565

Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 477-300-242

Amount Wagered: $3,130 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,221.50

Profit to Date: $91.50

Written by John Pricci

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Same Story, Different Day

Taking a page from yesterday's feature race book, trainer Mike Hushion has entered another uncoupled pair, each having a big chance in today's restricted stakes for state-bred sprinting going 6-1/2 furlongs.

There is a ton of speed entered in this compact field, leaving us little choice but to refer to the Handicapping 101 handbook, as we narrowed our choices to either Night Maneuver (7-2) or Amberjack (2-1). We're erring on the side of Hushion with the latter.

While the ultimate goal might be a longer contest upstate, this 4YO won here off a layup at 3 and he's been in steady training since April with this being his last chance to improve his perfect Big Sandy slate to 3-for-3 with Junior Alvarado, who won the Mike Lee here last June.

Taking Amberback to win at 3-1 or greater and an exacta box with Belmont lover Night Maneuver and very speedy stablemate I'm Stoked (5-2).

Number of Selections since 2007: 1564

Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 477-300-241

Amount Wagered: $3,128 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,221.50

Profit to Date: $93.50

Written by John Pricci

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