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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Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Belle of the Feature


Today’s overnight stakes at Belmont Park, for fillies and mares 3 & up, the Catinca, is a beauty, a wide open event in which the 6-½ furlong hybrid distance is the make or break factor for many of these females.

Any of six horses can win this on the ‘A’ race, but we’re not going to get too fancy here and will align with the second early line choice. We’re sticking with the filly who earned at excellent performance figure at this hybrid distance, comes into this off a new pace top, and her style is well suited to the speedy race shape.

Belle Of The Hall (3-1), with Ramon Dominguez on the re-ride, is the filly in the best position to take advantage of the prevailing conditions.

The main danger is the uber sharp Catch A Thief (4-1), the fastest in performance figures and working well with Rajiv Maragh, who’s back riding in top form. She has proven rate-able in the past and will need that versatility if she is to prevail in this spot.

Taking Bell Of The Hall to win at 2-1 or greater, an exacta box with Catch A Thief, and keying her in the multiples with bounce-rebound candidate Erin Rose (6-1), sharp price shot Armageddon (12-1) and distance specialist Simply Spiteful (12-1).

Running Totals: (749) 241-156-101 Total Dollar Return: $1,657.80 [win selections only]

HRI would like to welcome West Coast handicapping ace Bob Ike to the site. Check out Bob's free selection at Hollywood Park by clicking on Bob Ike in the HRI handicapper's section



Written by John Pricci



 
 

Monday, October 25, 2010


Positively South Fourth St.


Interesting feature at Delaware Park, a two-turner for older horses, preliminary allowance-optional claiming types.

The early line second favorite, Lookin Left (7-2), has proven consistently fastest on performance figures, looms the speed of the speed but figures to face pace pressure from several sources.

The favorite and third choice, meanwhile, appear a tad off top form and slower, respectively, setting the table for a value performer. South Fourth St. (8-1) fits the bill.

Trainer Philip Aristone has shipped in here successfully from Parx recently and taps Jose Caraballo who has excellent figures with stalker types for a career.

Owning tactical speed and the pole, he should sit perfectly until given his cue. He meets tougher, unquestionably, but present sharpness for a barn that is profitable with their repeaters, potential price is too tempting to pass up.

Taking South Fourth St. to win at 5-1 or greater and an exacta box with Lookin Left.

Running Totals: (749) 241-156-101 Total Dollar Return: $1,657.80 [win selections only]

HRI would like to welcome West Coast handicapping ace Bob Ike to the site. Check out Bob's free selection at Hollywood Park by clicking on Bob Ike in the HRI handicapper's section

Written by John Pricci



 
 

Friday, October 22, 2010


Will Kimmel Colt Be Friend or Foe?


HRI would like to welcome West Coast handicapping ace Bob Ike to the site. Check out Bob's free selection at Hollywood Park by clicking on Bob Ike in the HRI handicapper's section

Today’s Empire Classic, the lynchpin of the New York Bred Showcase Day program, is another opportunity for the maligned three year old class to stick it to their elders. That’s why we fully expect Friend Or Foe (3-1) to take it to his elders in this spot.

For openers, he’s never lost a state-bred race at Belmont Park and recently was withheld from yet another recent open class stakes to await the Empire. And he’s been working right along, including a sharp recent blowout.

When last seen, he suffered through a horrible trip in the 10 furlong Travers and a very difficult one when fourth in the Jim Dandy, beaten only three lengths, and might even have won had circumstances not conspired against his style. A tepid early line favorite, we expect his price to hold fairly firmly.

Taking Friend Or Foe to win at 5-2 or greater and keying him in exotics with hard hitting Ibboyee (7-2), potential lone speed with Dominguez, Wishful Tomcat (4-1) and another talented three year old, Stormy’s Majesty (4-1).

Running Totals: (747) 240-156-101 Total Dollar Return: $1,653.20 [win selections only] {Friday results not included}

Written by John Pricci



 
 

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