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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Thursday, May 14, 2015


A Right Turn on Sycamore Lane


Good turf feature at Belmont, a N3X that probably would be a stakes anywhere else. In fact, the race is thisclose to graded quality.

As everyone should know, when Bill Mott gets them good they stay good, 26% repeaters with a large sample attests to that.

What you have to like about Sycamore Lane is his versatility; he can beat you in front, stalking, or can kick on late if need be, which makes Jose Lezcano, who’s won thrice aboard this 4-year-old, such a good fit.

Taking Sycamore Lane to win, no price restrictions, boxing him with Artic North, dropping out of graded stakes and switching to Javier, and will use Dorsett and Iron Power in the super-exotics numbers.


Number of Selections since 2008: 1744

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 523-333

Amount Wagered: $3,488 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,585.30

Profit to Date: $97.30



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Wednesday, May 13, 2015


I Have a Request


Does Chad Brown saddle the horses to beat in every turf race? No, but it sure seems that way, especially if Christophe Clement is not represented.

Today’s preliminary allowances feature going a mile on the Widener has seven entrants making their 2015 debuts. (We don’t pick these spots, that’s just the way feature races shake out).

Request (3-1) is among the returnees. Obviously, Chad is tops coming back with grass runners off long layup, he’s a first-time, never insignificant, but more so as a son of Dynaformer and he reaches out for Javier (30% team).

There might actually be some pace to help his late-run style and the clincher is his best Energy Rating was earned on Belmont grass last season.

Taking Request to win at 5-2 or greater, an exacta box with returning Linda Rice hard-hitter Adirondack Dancer (7-2), and will go for the green in super-exotics, using Balderdash (20-1) to fill out the number with a host of others.


Number of Selections since 2008: 1743

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 523-333

Amount Wagered: $3,486 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,585.30

Profit to Date: $99.30



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Sunday, May 10, 2015


Recent Farro Claim Offers Value in Parx Feature


Today's feature race at Parx is a tough off, an optional allowance for 3YO and up going a mile and 70 yards.

Ration (9-2) makes his first start off the claim for Patricia Farro, profitable first time with new acquisitions. Stretching out to winning distance from recent sprints, gelded 5YO switches to white-hot Alvarado, riding at a 33% clip for the meet through Thursday’s racing.

Taking Ration to win at 4-1 or greater and key-boxing exactas with Sue Them All (5-2), a 7-time winner over this ground switching to winning partner Acosta and Speak Logistics (10-1), owning the field’s best Energy Ratings and shipping over from NY getting hot-riding Ritvo.

Today's Parx feature brought to you by special promotional arrangement. For an analysis of the final six races on the card from the Bensalem track, visit the handicapping blog section at http://www.123bet.com.


Number of Selections since 2008: 1742

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 523-333

Amount Wagered: $3,484 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,585.30

Profit to Date: $101.30


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