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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Sunday, August 09, 2009


Eleven-Time Stakes Winner Looks Fabulous


Not sure how you would beat Fabulous Strike (2-1) in today’s G2 Alfred Vanderbilt so I’m not going to try. He’s the fastest horses on the Equiform scale consistently, is coming off a new pace top, is fresh, looms the speed of the speed and has an advantageous outside draw.

The problem with the major contender is I’m not sure whether Benny the Bull (5-2) is the same horse--and I’m not willing to find out at a relatively short price. The same can't be said of the rapid Spa-loving Kodiak Kowboy (3-1).

Taking Fabulous Strike to win, no price restrictions, and an exacta box with Kodiak Kowboy.

Running Totals: (477) 142-99-65 Total Dollar Return: $983.50 [win selections only]

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Saturday, August 08, 2009


Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Fun?


When interviewed for this race earlier in the week, Billy Turner, who starts Reforestation in today’s G1 Test Stakes, said he knows about his horse buy doesn’t know how good undefeated Cat Moves is. That makes two of us. We know she’s fast on fast, is 3-for-3 lifetime, but we don’t know about the seven furlong distance. At early line odds of 2-1, we’re not eager to find out.

The fillies of interest are First Passage (3-1) and Flashing (7-2). The latter is back at her best distance. The former is super fast, won the G3 Azalea at Calder last time, and ships up for the prolific Marty Wolfson. We’re in, at 3-1 or greater.

The G1 Whitney is never easily won. The sentimental choice is Commentator (8-5), trying to become only the third horse in history to win it three times. But as Damon Runyon warmed, that’s not the way to bet. We’re taking Smooth Air (4-1) who prepped for this in the Salvator Mile now stretches out to his best distance, but only at 3-1 or more.

Running Totals: (475) 142-99-64 Total Dollar Return: $983.50 [win selections only] {Friday results not included}

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Friday, August 07, 2009


Value in the John’s Call


Today’s feature is the John’s Call, honoring a Saratoga legend, the ultimate horse for a course. This 13-furlong marathon is wide open. The two most suited to the conditions are, unfortunately, three favorites: Always First (3-1), Mission Approved (4-1) and Guadalcanal (5-1).

Of the three, Guadalcanal is most likely to offer value and get a good trip with his tactical speed, inside post, kick and Calvin Borel insuring that all goes well. Fred Seitz is one of the better turf trainers in the Midwest.

Taking Guadalcanal to win at 3-1 or greater and keying him first and second in exactas and trifectas with his two rivals here.

Running Totals: (473) 142-99-64 Total Dollar Return: $983.50 [win selections only]










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