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


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


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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

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Thursday, July 10, 2014


Improvement Expected


Trainer Mike Hushion has entered an uncoupled pair in today's Belmont feature, an NX1 on the main track going a mile, and both figure to improve in their second starts this barn.

We're taking Scarly Charly who warmed up for this tracking Palace Malice in the Met Mile before tiring, but was beaten only 8 lengths after shipping East from SA following a maiden win.

Can you say ambitious spot?

Today he returns five weeks fresh, drops to his proper level, and prepped for this with 5F in 59 3/5, a worked termed breezing. Hushion gives the return call to Manuel Franco.

Taking Scarly Charly to win, no price restrictions, and an exacta box with sharp Servis ship-in Box Office.

Number of Selections since 2007: 1563

Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 476-300-241

Amount Wagered: $3,126 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,218.00

Profit to Date: $92.00

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