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.



Sunday, March 08, 2009


The Point is Winning


Small field for today featured Am Capable, for older fillies and mares going a mile. It appears a two-horse race on paper; both favorites. Oh, well.

Winning Point 8-5) returns from a long layup for Kiaran McLaughlin. We don’t know what happened to the filly necessitating the layup but obviously there was some problem. The way this filly’s been working, those problems may be behind her. Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin is profitable 24 percent with returnees of greater than 90 days.

Bruce Levine has Lucky Revival (5-2) going great recently and she benefits from a freshening off a career best performance figure in last. The race was significantly faster than her competition recently--unless Winning Point remembers how talented she was a 3. My guess is that she will.

Taking Winning Point to win at 7-5 or greater, an exacta box with Lucky Revival, adding Shining Sea (7-2) to the trifecta mix second and third.

Running Totals: (377) 115-77-50 Total Dollar Return: $805.60 [win selections only]

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Saturday, March 07, 2009


Revenge, Sweet Revenge


For a complete handicapping analysis of today’s featured Gotham Stakes, see Pricci’s Morning Line on lead page.

Taking I Want Revenge to win at 3-1 or greater, and an exacta box with Mr. Fantasy.

Running Totals: (376) 114-76-50 Total Dollar Return: $797.30 [win selections only] {Friday Results not included}

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Friday, March 06, 2009


Sensational Recent Form


An interesting feature race boasting a handful of developing three-year-olds featuring recent maiden winners, droppers, and shippers, all adding to the mix. Horses of interest are, from the outside in, Tap Man (5-1), Cellar Dweller (4-1), and Haitian Sensation (5-2).

Tony Dutrow appears to be bearing down on Tap Man. Following an introductory spin around the inner track, Dutrow adds blinkers. That’s a profitable 28 proposition and one that seems to be working given two recent bullet works, presumably in those new blinkers. Dutrow reaches out for David Cohen, who rode Tap Man to victory two starts back at Philly Park.

Cellar Dweller is back to his proper level after a good placing to Haynesfield, one of the choices in tomorrow’s Gotham Stakes. Since the Whirlaway, Cellar Dweller has had three purposeful works and today stretches out to his maiden-victory distance three starts back. Anna Napravnik takes the re-ride for trainer John Campo Jr.

Haitian Sensation, coupled with Mr. Again, broke his maiden with style in a strongly run maiden win last out after switching to leading rider Ramon Dominguez, who rides him back for Seth Benzel, the young trainer profitable for his career with his route runners. Tactical speed and an inside post don’t figure to hurt his chances.

Taking Haitian Sensation to win at 5-2 or greater keying him first and second in exactas with his rivals here.

Running Totals: (375) 114-75-50 Total Dollar Return: $797.30 [win selections only]

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