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, January 04, 2015


A Sunday Stroll in the Parx


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Today's Feature Race Analysis play is in the eighth race, Blitzensmajikreign to win, at 4-1 or greater

FOURTH: 3-HOT OUT WEST (10-1) is properly spotted with restricted claimers following the slow 6F maiden win; shorter distance a plus on Energy Ratings. 5-REMEMBER THE PROM (5-2) is slower but hard trying and has been competitive with better open claimers and also might benefit from turn-back; Lasix has helped.

FIFTH: 6-FIERY GIZZARD (3-1) showed marked improvement when dropped to this level and stretched out for second career start; bred both sides for it and coming up perfectly to today’s added distance; Pino 27% effective with his maiden claimers. All D’Night (2-1) and Move Over Honey (8-5) are logical favorites.

SIXTH: 10-AY UP PAPI (5-1) has been highly competitive with restricted rivals; optimum spacing by this barn, had two sharp blowouts recently for this and drops another notch. Quiet Miracle (3-1) and Slow Heart Break (7-2) are logical contenders.

SEVENTH: 3-SCOUT’S HONOR (9-2) has won over very long layups and is suited by short sprints; makes debut for Aristone barn dropping in with restricted claimers for the first time and attracts Bisono. Cash Payout (5-2) makes first start off the Preciado claim (28% and profitable).

EIGHTH: 6-BLITZENSMAJIKREIGN (6-1) was very competitive in recent overnight stakes drops in with open allowance rivals stretching back around two turns; has done little wrong since debut and gets promise of live apprentice. 5-GUNS OF STEEL (9-2) earns excellent Energy Ratings consistently; Houghton barn, good stretching out, switches to Pennington.

NINTH: 6-FACUNDO (6-1) turns back into sprint for Petro, a profitable scenario, and returns to restricted company; earned lifetime best Energy Rating at this trip. 1/1A-entry DOS ORO (3-1) should benefit from recent return from lengthy layoff, owns excellent back figures, and makes second start for Lynch off layup (23%); logical favorite tops stable coupling.


Bankroll Friendly bet123 Pick Six: 3.5 with 6 with 10 with 3 with 5.6 with 1/1A.6---$16

Live Price Shots:

Third: Hot Out West 10-1

Sixth: Tyjar 15-1

Seventh: Bay State Justice (5-1)

Ninth: Oscarmystic (10-1)

Number of Selections since 2007: 1667

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 500-324

Amount Wagered: $3,334 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,461.20

Profit to Date: $127.20


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Saturday, January 03, 2015


Mucho Macho Juan


Mea Culpa Folks, have house guests, things a bit crazed. Looked at the Mucho Macho Man. Sorry, again, but the early line choices are the most likely winners, among them Mawthoog (2-1), Juan and Bina (5-2) and Bluegrass Singer (5-1).

Juan and Bina may offer some value should the McLaughlin-trained first-Lasix Mawthoog is overbet. Juan and Bina was a very good second to undefeated Mr. Jordan in his GPW finale. Enters this off New Pace Top.

Taking Juan and Bina to win at early line odds or greater and key-boxing exactas with his two rivals here.

Running Total results resumes tomorrow...or later today.

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Friday, January 02, 2015


Let’s Go Shopping


Today's Gulfstream Park feature is the Bal Harbour for four year old fillies going a flat mile. Obviously, the two favorites, U.S.S. O'Brien (8-5) and House Rules (7-5) will have much to say, especially the former, seeking her third straight and coming off a lifetime best Energy Rating under these exact conditions Dec. 10.

But we're taking the value offered on Georgia (5-1) who hasn't run in the Indiana Oaks but is 1-for-1 on this strip and 2-for-2 at the distance. Her spacing, outside draw in a small field, and the presence of Johnny V. all spell good trip here. With clever rating, she can finish up well enough to upset this group.

Taking Georgia to win at 9-2 or greater, key boxing exactas with the favorites and adding mile winner Tempers Flair (4-1) to the super-exotics mix.


Number of Selections since 2007: 1665

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 500-324

Amount Wagered: $3,330 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,461.20

Profit to Date: $131.20 {Thursday results not included}

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