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.



Wednesday, August 05, 2009


A Day at the Beach


The Saratoga Week 2 feature schedule begins with a skull buster, the overnight De La Rose for fillies and mares yet to win a graded stakes in 2009. But oh will they.

We’d love to get cute in this spot but can’t pull the trigger. Cocoa Beach simply owns too much class, is a Grade 1 winner at the distance, obviously was in need of her last start, and trainer Saeed bin Suroor is an otherworldly 36 percent in second off the layoff scenarios and has been live at the meet with a win and second in two starts.

Add a dash of Ramon Dominguez and this 5-year-old will be very tough to deny. This should prove to be the confidence builder she needs.

Taking Cocoa Beach to win, no price restrictions, and keying her first and second in exactas and trifectas with the Mott/Frankel entry of Scolara and Savoir Bien (5-2) and Lindeman (12-1), coming off a career pace low and an excellent back-figure at today’s one mile distance for Christophe Clement and Rajiv Maragh.

Running Totals: (472) 141-99-64 Total Dollar Return: $980.00 [win selections only]


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Saturday, August 01, 2009


Jim Dandy to the Rescue


For a more complete look at this weekend’s races with potential plays, please see Saratoga Diary on HRI lead page

In the Jim Dandy, taking Warrior’s Reward to win at 5-2 or greater and keying him first and second in exactas and trifectas with Kensei and Charitable Man

Running Totals: (471) 141-98-64 Total Dollar Return: $980.00 [win selections only]

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Friday, July 31, 2009


Strike The Bell to Hit the Jackpot


Today’s G2 Lake George for three year old turf fillies is easily the most wide open stakes event of the young meet. And the reason we’re throwing deep.

Strike The Bell clearly is not as accomplished as any number of her competitors. There are two graded stakes winner in here and three others who are graded-stakes placed.

All this David Donk trainee has done is to break maiden before finishing second in an overnight Perfect Sting stakes, a race she should have won.

But making bold, wide sweeps on the turn over yielding ground and opening two lengths way too prematurely is not the way to the circle. Understandably, she tired late and settled for place.

Hopefully, Cornelio Velasquez will time his move a little better this time. Taking Strike The Bell across the board at 12-1 or greater.

Running Totals: (471) 141-98-64 Total Dollar Return: $980.00 [win selections only]

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