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.

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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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Passion for Prices

Back to bluegrass country for today's feature, a secondary allowances on the turf for fillies and mares going 1-1/16 miles on the Keeneland turf, one that offers an opportunity for value.

Horses that will take money are the Ramsey entry (5-2), headed by class-tested Emotional Kitten, and graded stakes victress Honey Hues, who looks like the controlling speed.

But we're taking a mare that can handle a solid pace and can finish, and who is more patient at waiting and making the last turf run than Leparoux, who is enjoying a solid meet thus far.

Northern Passion (8-1) was even making up ground in her lone start on this course vs. Somali Lemonade--no such rival here-and that was after entering the stretch 8 wide.

Today the 5YO mare is stretching out off two sprints, a profitable 21% angle for the Casse barn, and her state-bred wins in Canada do not count against her vs. today's rivals.

Taking Northern Passion to win at 9-2 or greater and key box her first and second in exotics with her two rivals above and will add the well connected Malibu Yankee (6-1) to the exotics mix.

Number of Selections since 2007: 1625

Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 493-316-251

Amount Wagered: $3,250 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,376.90

Profit to Date: $126.90

Written by John Pricci

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Crown Her Queen

Down to KEE--check that--up to Keeneland today for the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes for 3YO fillies on the turf going 9 furlongs and, as you might expect, what will be competitive event. Out suspicion is that after today, Crown Queen (4-1) will lead this division.

Since turning 3, the $1.6 million filly is undefeated in three starts, handling various dynamics and surfaces. She indicated she was good when breaking her maiden on Belmont turf in June, but she looked like a budding star when she won at Saratoga. She confirmed that assessment in the Lake Placid.

We're taking Crown Queen to win at 3-1 or greater and key-boxing exactas with Chad Brown's uncoupled entrants; Ball Dancing (9-2) and Minorette (9-2), and adding Speed Seeker (12-1) and Aurelia's Belle (15-1) to the super-exotics mix.

Number of Selections since 2007: 1624

Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 492-316-251

Amount Wagered: $3,248 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,369.10

Profit to Date: $121.10

Written by John Pricci

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