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.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Easy As Parx 123BET

HRI has entered into a promotional relationship with in which each Sunday we analyze the six races that comprise their unique Pick 6 contest wager. The current featured track is Parx Racing. The following is a profile of races 4 through 9.

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For example, if a player’s horse finished second, paying $4.00 to place and $3.00 to show, the player would receive 7 points toward his or her total. The player with the highest number of points accumulated during the sequence is declared the winner, collecting 60% of the net pool. The second and third highest-scoring players also get a share — 30% for second and 10% for third.

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For the purposes of today's Feature Race Analysis running totals, we're taking Dean the Man in the 8th race to win, no price restrictions

FOURTH: 8-FULL LIQUIDITY (7-2) stretches back out to most effective distance on our Energy Ratings scale following claim; LeBarron 35% efficient with droppers off the claim and gets switch to Acosta. 5-SEEKER (5-2) earned competitive figure in last at Aqueduct now cuts the claiming price in half shipping in for Bruce Brown. 6-Armed U S A (6-1) improved when dropped to this level last out; 1-Truly A Champ, a bounce-rebound possibility, returns to best distance.

FIFTH: 7-PINK HERO (7-2) showed return to form in second start at this level two back, earning layover Energy Rating; easily best returning to that effort. 3-SOPHIE’S SECRET (9-2) showed improvement in this class last out and live apprentice Ritvo takes return call. 8-Whateverworks (4-1) has high early speed, is sharp, and likely to land a share.

SIXTH: 8-MJ PLUS (3-1) ships in on short rest in sharp form for Jacobson, 24% effective seeking a repeat win. 9-Petrezium (5-2) raced very well in both spots at this level, earning excellent Energy Ratings; dangerous rival. 3-Doublethestyle (10-1) turns back to his best distance for barn that’s 3-for-7 going sprint-to route-to sprint. Sharp 6-Dan’s Gold is up in class and distance following recent claim.

SEVENTH: 7-OLD FASHION FLAG (3-1) stretches out off a sharp 7-furlong sprint to two turns while dropping in with restricted winners; switches to apprentice Ritvo. 4-Movie Night (8-1) is coming up to this nicely with incremental Energy Rating improvement; 2-Consistency (4-1) also meeting weaker and reunites with McCarthy.

EIGHTH: 7-DEAN THE MAN (7-2) is cycling back to his lifetime best rating while returning to Pa.-bred ranks after showing improved late run. 5-Fara’s Kid (2-1) paired up good-figure efforts at Penn and might be this good now; 8-Wise Son (10-1) chased stronger early pace in first start with allowance types following open lengths maiden score; live price shot.

NINTH: 8-GINDINI (7-2) finished evenly vs. better in last two in Maryland and drops significantly in first local and lone win came as fresh first-timer; best if set for tops. 1-SURFSIDE CHIC (9-2) makes first start t reduced level since maiden win and gets apprentice Ritvo first time.

123bet P6: Suggested Economical Play 5.8 with 3.7 with 8 with 7 with 7 with 1.8---$16

Written by John Pricci

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Bettors Will Be Dancing in the Aisles

With two features to choose from at Gulfstream today, we'll opt for the one the will complete the Rainbow 6 sequence.

The Tropical Park Oaks has drawn a limit field of 3YO turf fillies and we choose the one with the most upside: Dancing House (4-1).

The only time this filly failed to hit the board in six lifetime starts came when she was outrun from a wide post in the 2013 BC Juvenile Fillies Turf. She is, however, graded stakes placed when she had the opportunity to run in the Spinaway and Miss Grillo, the latter going 1-1/16 miles on turf, today's scenario.

She has a versatile running style, a good draw, and reunites with regular partner Irad. She's been training with purpose and very steadily for the McLaughlin barn.

Taking Dancing House to win, no price restrictions, key boxing exactas with Shug's sharp Party Now (3-1) and Todd's talented Sandiva (4-1), adding Wolfson improved Pink Poppy (20-1) to the super-exotics mix.

Number of Selections since 2007: 1661

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 500-323

Amount Wagered: $3,322 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,461.20

Profit to Date: $139.20 {Friday results not included}

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Speedy Filly Seeking Stall Space

In order to make today's play, we're going to need some assistance from the Gods of the AEs.

We truly hope that Speed Seeker gets in. A Canadian graded stakes winner meeting secondary allowance types, Joan Scott trainee also benefits from the turn-back to 7-1/2 furlongs, keep the two-turn integrity of this turf event, and reunites with Luis Contreras, aboard for both of her lifetime victories.

Heatseeker filly has laudable versatility, winning both from on and off the pace, and has run well in graded stakes in this country and subtly has run well without coming close in those events. Tough post? Yes. Hopefully this insures a square price.

Taking Speed Seeker to win, no price restrictions, exacta boxes with surface and distance specialist Hillhouse High and the speedy, well drawn Kiama, adding price shots Interesting, WIll to Shine and Diva Meg to the super-exotics mix.

Number of Selections since 2007: 1660

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 500-323

Amount Wagered: $3,320 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,461.20

Profit to Date: $141.20 {Wednesday & Thursday results not included}

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