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.



Friday, July 16, 2010


Yes, It’s Close To The Edge


While today’s third at Belmont is technically the day’s feature, we’re going to take a pass. A five horse race with two trainers starting two uncoupled runners is not our idea of interesting. However, the eighth race, a 7-furlong turf sprint, is a lot closer to what we had in mind.

Early line favorite Manhattan Fox (8-5) is going to be an extremely tough out. Owning excellent performance figures and from a barn, Chris Clement’s, that’s a profitable 25 percent effective with its turn back and attracting the hot Cornelio Velasquez, it's no wonder, This team has been doing excellent work of late.

Ezzy (5-2) is interesting, too, having won a secondary allowances vs. state-breds now trying preliminary allowances in open company, is super sharp and working purposefully.

Close To The Edge (7-2) clearly is the most interesting. A winner at this distance on synthetics, this lightly raced youngster showed promise in its turf debut, beaten only 1-½ wile trying stakes company.

That spot indicates that the Trombetta barn believes he has a turf performer on his hands and the colt came back to work brilliantly at his Monmouth base for this. No other than Ramon Dominguez takes the mount. It won't be easy but the reward should be fair.

We’re taking Close To The Edge to win at 3-1 or greater, keying him first and second in the exacta with the favorite, adding Ezzy to the trifecta mix.


Running Totals: (689) 221-140-96 Total Dollar Return: $1,547.70 [win selections only]

Note: Beginning Friday, July 23, the start of the 2010 Saratoga race meet, the Feature Race Analysis will appear every racing day, six days per week through Labor Day. Further, there will be the occasional bonus analysis on occasions when there is more than one featured event of general interest





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Thursday, July 15, 2010


Take Mor Chances on Dutrow’s Old Pro


An interesting secondary allowances-optional claiming feature, turf males sprinting seven furlongs and three of these have a good look at getting the money.

Gold Vendetta (7-2) is well suited by the conditions, is sharp and has worked well for this. The presence of Castellano is another plus.

Hot Money (5-2), a rapidly improving 4 year old gelding and is a true specialist, winning half of his six starts and two of his three tries at today’s trip.

Not only is he sharp, having won his latest, but is versatile enough to win on firm and yielding ground, a likely scenario today.

But the favorite, Mor Chances (2-1), seems just too quick for this group. Nicely positioned outside in a relatively short field, he’s won at this level previously, a three-time winner on this course and at the distance.

Rick Dutrow has given him a seven week freshening for his proper level return. He can win from well back, at he did last out, but also can lead a group throughout. Jose Lezcano takes the re-ride,

Taking Mor Chances to win at 8-5 or greater, an exacta box with Hot Money, adding Gold Vendetta to the trifecta mix second and third.

Running Totals: (688) 220-140-96 Total Dollar Return: $1,541.90 [win selections only]

Note: Beginning Friday, July 23, the start of the 2010 Saratoga race meet, the Feature Race Analysis will appear every racing day, six days per week through Labor Day. Further, there will be the occasional bonus analysis on occasions when there is more than one featured event of note

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010


Dreaming of Value


Today’s feature, a classified allowances for state-bred fillies going a mile on turf, might be in jeopardy if the weather handicappers are correct--chance of thunderstorms. This analysis will concentrate on grass.

Favorite Cagey Girl (9-5) is going to be a tough out. She showed improvement winning her last, her first start for the Asmussen barn, she’s controlling speed, loves the route and returns with excellent six-week spacing.

What we’re hoping, however, is that Alan Garcia on Merriwether Jessica notes this and uses his filly to put pressure on Cagey Girl. ‘Jessica’ is coming off a sharp win here in her first start since the shift to Rick Violette’s shed.

Johnny Velazquez will be keeping an eye on both of them from the pole aboard Paraiba and, hopefully, Javier Castellano will be sitting close-up behind all three with late developing 4 year old Our Golden Dream (5-1). Her performance figures have been improving incrementally, indicating further development is likely, and her running style might enable her to make the last move at this trip a winning one. Two of her three lifetime wins have come on Belmont grass.

Taking Our Golden Dream to win at 4-1 or greater and boxing her in the exacta with Cagey Girl.

Running Totals: (687) 220-140-96 Total Dollar Return: $1,541.90 [win selections only] {Tuesday Results not included}

Note: Beginning Friday, July 23, the start of the 2010 Saratoga race meet, the Feature Race Analysis will appear every racing, six per week, through Labor Day. Further, there will be the occasional bonus analysis on occasions when there is more than one featured event on the program





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