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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Thursday, July 09, 2009


It’s Not HBO, It’s Cable


Perhaps the secondary condition for today’s secondary allowances for older fillies and mares at a mile and a sixteenth on the Belmont grass is “for horses prepping for the Saratoga meet.” That might be a stretch but it sure looks that was for a couple of these.

There are two fillies capable of handling this group easily on their ‘A’ race, Cable (7-2) and Kristi With A K (4-1). It’s a battle of potential vs. demonstrated accomplishment.

Cable, scratched recently awaiting this, returns to the turf following a good effort on the Keeneland Poly earlier this spring. She’s 2-for-2 on grass, 1-for-1 at Belmont and undefeated at the distance.

Back in New York under Clement’s care--26 percent at the meet--for about a month and has been training steadily. This will be her first start on grass at 4 and she was, after all, good enough to overcome trouble to win her first two starts.

‘Kristi’ is faster on performances figures, reunites with Eibar Coa, a winner aboard the Tagg trainee last year, handles any ground and drops a notch from a recent restricted stakes. The trainer has won with six of his last 17 starts with six other in-the-money finishes.

But we’re taking the filly with the greater upside, Cable, at 5-2 or greater, and boxing her in the exacta with Kristi With A K.

Running Totals: (457) 138-94-62 Total Dollar Return: $967.10 [win selections only]

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Wednesday, July 08, 2009


Hangingbyathread? Almost Looks Too Easy


Today’s New York feature is the Do It Fast overnight stakes for older New York-breds going nine furlongs on the inner turf course. This puzzle looks relatively easy to solve.

If you saw Hangingbyathread’s (7-2) last race then you know why. After racing very wide on the first turn from the extreme outside slip, he did manage to save ground on far turn. Problem number two. He was forced to steady for an eighth of a mile looking for room that never came.

And you know why after you note that trainer Carlos Martin, having an excellent meet, is a profitable 22 percent with third-off-the-layoff starters. And if you’ve noticed how well Jose Lezcano has been riding the local turf course, then you have reason number three. For a turf event, there’s sufficient early foot signed on, which also helps the cause.

Taking Hangingbyathread to win at 5-2 or greater and an exacta key box with the classy early favorite, Mission Approved (5-2), and the second-off-the-layup My Man Lars (6-1), reuniting with Javier Castellano.

Running Totals: (456) 137-94-62 Total Dollar Return: $960.70 [win selections only]

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Sunday, July 05, 2009


Pretty As a Picture


Today’s New York feature is the Grade 2 Tom Fool featuring the best sprinter in the country, Fabulous Strike (6-5), who’s really underappreciated. He runs fast race after race after race. He can set or sit off the pace and never seems to be affected by the pace no matter how fast.

Now you won’t get rich but it seems worth trying to beat him today with the three-year-old Munnings (2-1). The Todd Pletcher colt has shown remarkable development from two to three, undeniably growing into that tremendous frame that was on display at Saratoga last summer.

Younger, he gets 11 pounds from Fabulous Strike, not insignificant, and his outside draw in this small field can prove a huge tactical edge, with the favorite breaking from the rail. Johnny Velazquez rides.

Taking Munnings to win at 2-1 or greater and an exacta box with Fabulous Strike.

Running Totals: (455) 136-94-62 Total Dollar Return: $957.40 [win selections only]

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