In his first start for the barn, Wesley Ward has picked out a winning spot for Majestic Hussar (3-1), a non-winners of 3 optional claimer.

There are no talented sprinters like City of Weston, or the uber honest Clearly Now, not even a Capo Bastone in is path.

Ward wins with new acquisitions 26% of the time with a significant ROI. In this colt, he has one with speed, an ability to handle 7 furlongs very nicely, and the presence of Joel Rosario doesn't hurt.

Taking Majestic Hussar to win, no price restictions, and key boxing in exactas with the Jacobson entry (4-1) and Reload (7-2), adding Night Maneuver to the super-exotics mix.


Number of Selections since May, 2007: 1420

Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 432-270-214

Amount Wagered: $2,840 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $2,9240.60

Profit to Date: $100.60


Review of "John Pricci's Breeders' Cup SCOREcard"

SANTA ANITA PARK NOVEMBER 2, 2013

True Value horses are automatic plays at anything approximating fair odds. The hope is that closing odds will approximate the morning line quote.

Worthy Favorite horses are those we believe will be--or should be—the public’s choice(s). When more than one horse is indicated in any category, they are listed in graded order.

All Exotic Tote-Busters are primarily meant to fill out exotic and super-exotic wagers. But if closing odds appear well above the morning line, a smaller win wager may be in order.

Carefully manage your bankroll before crafting tickets. Please check all program numbers before wagering.

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BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE FILLIES 1-1/16 Miles

TRUE VALUE: 8-SCANDALOUS ACT (8-1), 10-SHE’S A TIGER (6-1)
WORTHY FAVORITE: 1-ARTEMIS ARGROTERA (3-1), 7-UNTAPABLE (5-1)
EXOTIC TOTE-BUSTERS: 2-ROSALIND (8-1), 3-RIA ANTONIA (30-1)

Playing the Percentages: Speed horses and pressers are the preferred styles. Recent well-meant winning prep form is paramount; repeaters excel. Seldom are seen inscrutable longshots. This edition has money potential, however.

The Skinny: #8 seen CRC surprises before; #10 post only knock; #1 very classy speedster; #7 passed acid test; #2 CD work, Joel on


BREEDERS’ CUP FILLY & MARE TURF 3 & UP 1-1/4 Miles

TRUE VALUE: 2-ROMANTICA (6-1)
WORTHY FAVORITE: 1-DANK (5-2), 3-TIZ FLIRTATIOUS (7-2)
EXOTIC TOTE-BUSTER: NONE

PLAYING THE PERCENTAGES: Routine late-run dynamics of turf racing apply here; only Intercontinental won wire-to-wire. BRIS turf-pedigree data extremely telling. Upsets have been commonplace; not so much this time.

The Skinny: #2 Euros regard highly; #1 The Fugue ducking her? #3 extreme turn of foot


BREEDERS’ CUP FILLY & MARE SPRINT 3 & UP 7 Furlongs

TRUE VALUE: 4-DANCE CARD (8-1), 2-BOOK REVIEW (6-1)
WORTHY FAVORITE: 11-GROUPIE DOLL (5-2), 8-DANCE TO BRISTOL (5-1)
EXOTIC TOTE-BUSTERS: 6-ISMENE (20-1), 7-SUMMER APPLAUSE (12-1), 12-SWEET LULU (8-1)

PLAYING THE PERCENTAGES: It’s somewhat counter-intuitive but closers generally hold sway in this sprint contest, owing to usually strong contested early pace and the 7-furlong trip.

The Skinny: #4 short & vs. bias BEL prep; #2 trip and dynamics aid; #11 loves SA dirt; #8 classy, consistent, vs. bias BEL; #6 Spawr 7-14 turf > dirt; #7 beware the turnback; #12 classy, game speedster


BREEDERS’ CUP TURF SPRINT 3 & UP 6-1/2 Furlongs

TRUE VALUE: 5-CORACORTADO (8-1), 14-UNBRIDLED’S NOTE (8-1)
WORTHY FAVORITE: 3-CHIPS ALL IN (5-1), 12-MIZDIRECTION (4-1)
EXOTIC TOTE-BUSTER: 2-ROCK ME BABY (30-1)

PLAYING THE PERCENTAGES: Because of the unusual configuration of downhill, course-altering turf sprints at Santa Anita, distance specialists—especially those with success on this course, is paramount. Preferred running styles are mid-race movers and closers.

The Skinny: #5 back at tops; #14 course specialist; #3 brilliant worker; #12 course goddess; #2 no chance in last


BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE 1-1/16 Miles

TRUE VALUE: 3-MEXIKOMA (12-1), 10-WE MISS ARTIE (8-1), 4-NEW YEAR’S DAY (8-1)
WORTHY FAVORITE: #13 HAVANA (5-2)
EXOTIC TOTE-BUSTERS: 1-SMARTY’S ECHO (20-1), 2-DANCE WITH FATE (8-1), 14-STRONG MANDATE (6-1)

PLAYING THE PERCENTAGES: Speedy and tactical youngsters enjoy a natural advantage around two turns, given an overall lack of experience. Winning recent-prep form a shortcut to success in this event.

The Skinny: #3 ready for acid test; 10-training star; 4-another brilliant worker; #13 post a killer; #1 tactical, pole, E.T.; #2 moving forward; #14 gets mulligan, Rosario


BREEDERS’ CUP TURF 3 & UP 1-1/2 Miles

TRUE VALUE: 9-INDY POINT (9-2), 11-MAGICIAN (8-1), 4-LITTLE MIKE
WORTHY FAVORITE: 7-THE FUGUE (3-1)
EXOTIC TOTE-BUSTERS: 3-TWILIGHT ECLIPSE, 12-REAL SOLUTION (8-1), 10-BIG BLUE KITTEN (6-1)

PLAYING THE PERCENTAGES: A three-turn race going 12 furlongs requires stamina above all else. Classy speed types can win this but clearly must be a classy individual. Generally, however, there are no easy leads in Southern California.

The Skinny: #9 insiders on-site love; #11 classy Euro 3YO; #4 Little Rodney Dangerfield; #7 OK, now do it; #3 rattling feet a +; #12 very strong worker; #10 best in Turf Classic?


BREEDERS’ CUP SPRINT 3 & UP 6 Furlongs

TRUE VALUE: 9-SECRET CIRCLE (4-1)
WORTHY FAVORITE: 1-JUSTIN PHILLIP (4-1)
EXOTIC TOTE-BUSTERS: 2-THE LUMBER GUY (12-1), 3-GENTLEMEN’S BET (8-1), 6-BAHAMIAN SQUALL (10-1)

PLAYING THE PERCENTAGES: As stated, there’s lots of pace pressure on the SA front end, especially when the fastest horses in the country gather in the same gate. Early and tactical speedsters have dominated past Sprints. Recent well-meant prepsters have enjoyed uncommon success.

The Skinny: #9 classy comebacker brilliant a.m.; #1 better as 5YO; #2 will bring ‘A’ game; #3 speedster gets tested; #6 always fires.


BREEDERS’ CUP MILE 3 & UP 1 Mile Turf

TRUE VALUE: 1-NO JET LAG (8-1)
WORTHY FAVORITE: 8-WISE DAN (even)
EXOTIC TOTE-BUSTERS: 10-ZA APPROVAL (10-1), 4-OBVIOUSLY (10-1)

PLAYING THE PERCENTAGES: Strong Pace + Turf Racing = Winning Closers. Horses need to run fast all out for a mile; high class runners usually dominate.

The Skinny: #1 wise guys aboard; #8 no excuses; #10 uber consistent; #4 rebounding?


BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC 3 & UP 1-1/4 Miles

TRUE VALUE: 6-MUCHO MACHO MAN (5-1)
WORTHY FAVORITE: 9-GAME ON DUDE (8-5)
EXOTIC TOTE-BUSTERS: 8-PALACE MALICE (10-1), 10-WILL TAKE CHARGE (12-1), 1-LAST GUNFIGHTER (20-1), 12-FLAT OUT (12-1)

PLAYING THE PERCENTAGES: Unlike the Kentucky Derby at the same trip, deep closers have an extremely hard time winning America’s richest race. Horses entering this off a poor effort seldom, if ever, rebound. Speed and pressers are preferred and it takes an exceptional 3-year-old to beat elders in this event.

The Skinny: #6 all grown up; #9 toughest test of year; #8 remarkable developer; #10 better and better; #1 ignore at peril; #12 brings ‘A’ game.


SANTA ANITA PARK FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2013

Morning Line Odds in parenthesis. If betting to win, strive for two odds levels above quoted early odds.

True Value horses are automatic plays at anything approximating fair odds. The hope is that closing odds will approximate the morning line quote.

Worthy Favorite horses are those we believe will be--or should be—the public’s choice(s). When more than one horse is indicated in any category, they are listed in graded order.

All Exotic Tote-Busters are primarily meant to fill out exotic and super-exotic wagers. But if closing odds appear well above the morning line, a smaller win wager may be in order.

Carefully manage your bankroll before crafting tickets. Please check all program numbers before wagering.

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BREEDERS’ CUP MARATHON 3 & UP 1-3/4 Miles

TRUE VALUE: 6-INDIAN JONES (5-1)
WORTHY FAVORITE: 10-WORLDLY (6-1)
EXOTIC TOTE-BUSTER(S): 5-SUNS OUT GUNS OUT (10-1)

PLAYING THE PERCENTAGES: Inherent class is not nearly as important and stamina in a race where the jockey is much more a pilot than passenger. Premature moves can beat the best horse in this event. Tread very carefully in what generally is a dubious contest: #6 best fits race dynamics; #10 fastest figures; #5 blinkers helped.


BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE TURF 1 Mile

TRUE VALUE: 4-OUTSTRIP (4-1)
WORTHY FAVORITE: 5-BOBBY’S KITTEN (5-2), 2-GIOVANNI BOLDINI (7-2)
EXOTIC TOTE-BUSTERS: 12-SHAMSHON (12-1), 9-WILSHIRE BOULEVARD (8-1), 11-POKER PLAYER (12-1), 8-BON ACCORD (20-1)

PLAYING THE PERCENTAGES: Given the propensity of young horses to run off a bit due to lack of experience, and the natural order of all things turf, closers generally hold serve here. Despite strength of today’s favorites, race could be a moneymaker.

SKINNY: #4 insider reports on site; #5 very talented, over-hyped; #2 “lads” like; #12 good mover; #9 uncoupled O’Brien; #11 KY. Horse to Watch; #8 Bourbon key race.


BREEDERS’ CUP DIRT MILE 3 & UP 1 Mile

TRUE VALUE: 5-FED BIZ (6-1), 4-BRUJO DE OILEROS (8-1)
WORTHY FAVORITE: 12-GOLDENCENTS (4-1), 11-PANTS ON FIRE (6-1)
EXOTIC TOTE-BUSTER: 2-GOLDEN TICKET (12-1)

PLAYING THE PERCENTAGES: Even IF dirt miles are contested around two turns at SA, there’s little time for conventional rating tactics, making wire scores very difficult. Positive form reversals more common in this race than almost any other BC event.

SKINNY: #5 style, strong works; #4 peaking now; #12 “fastest,’ SA lover; #11 extremely honest; #2 short horse Awesome Again.


BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE FILLIES TURF 1 Mile

TRUE VALUE: 8-CHRISELLIAM (6-1)
WORTHY FAVORITE: 6-VORDA (4-1), #14 MY CONQUESTADORY (9-2)
EXOTIC TOTE-BUSTER: 12-TESTA ROSSI (8-1), 13-SKY PAINTER (15-1), 10-CLENOR (8-1), 4-KITTEN KABOODLE (20-1)

PLAYING THE PERCENTAGES: It is generally accepted that young fillies develop more quickly than colts. With a grassy surface, it’s easy to understand that late runners have a natural advantage. Classy turf pedigree lends strength to the individual surface. Another potential moneymaker.

SKINNY: #8 very professional; #6 esteemed Euro; #14 bad post, scratch contemplated; #12 replay star; #13 ditto; #10 preferred local; #4 price, position, Johnny.


BREEDERS’ CUP DISTAFF F & M 3 & UP 1-1/8 Miles

TRUE VALUE: NONE
WORTHY FAVORITE: 4-ROYAL DELTA (8-5), 5-BEHOLDER (5-2), 6-PRINCESS OF SYLMAR (9-5)
EXOTIC TOTE-BUSTER: 1-STREET GIRL (30-1)

PLAYING THE PERCENTAGES: The history of this event is cut and dry: Class, speed and favorites dominate. In Distaff 30, how the speed shakes out among major contenders will determine the outcome. Need not bet to enjoy Distaff 30.

SKINNY: #4 older champion pacesetter; #5 extremely ready; #6 perfect-trip potential; #1 potential score-maker better than rated.

Written by John Pricci