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.



Thursday, April 10, 2008


No Guts, No Glory


Today's feature is challenging, a filly and mare sprint for state-breds going seven furlongs in a secondary allowances/optional $30,000 claimers. The problem is that a majority of the entrants are dropping, some fairly significantly. We will take a look at three: favorite Rizzi's Time (2-1), City In the Clouds (3-1) and Guts Game (8-1).

Rizzi's Time cannot be beaten on her ‘A' game. She's consistently faster than the group, has beaten better fillies, finds a perfect level and hails from a barn, Bruce Levine's, that, prior to yesterday, had won with 12 of its last 30 starters, nine in-the-money finishes notwithstanding. The only caution light is today's demanding sprint distance.

City In the Clouds, part of a Gary Contessa coupled entry, never has finished worse than second in three starts over this track including a victory. Competitive with tougher recently, the class drop makes sense and she returns to a distance at which she's compiled a respectable (4) 1-1-0 slate. Carol Cedeno has won with four of her last 13 rides for this barn, so this filly looks live.

Guts Game does not have the talent of the top two fillies but she's 2-for-2 on this track, has won off similar lengthy layoffs and won her only start at seven-eighths of a mile. While the barn doesn't specialize in layup types, this filly responds to a freshening and jockey Channing Hill is quietly having a very good year. Rizzi's Time is the most probable winner. At the price, Guts Game is the play.

Taking Guts Game to win at 6-1 or greater and keying her first and second in exacta boxes with her two major contenders here, and third in the trifecta with same.

Running Totals: (189) 64-41-22. Total Dollar Return: $401.80 [win selections only]

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Wednesday, April 09, 2008


It May Be Spring But Some Things Never Change


Time to find out if we go well fresh. Todays feature on the Aqueduct main track is a secondary allowances/$50,000 optional claimer for 4-year-olds and up going a two-turn nine furlongs. Our look will concentrate on Irish Majesty (3-1), Angelica Aura (9-2) and Hawkinsville (8-1).

Were taking a position against favorite No Reply (9-5) coming off an extremely fast effort on relatively short rest.

Irish Majesty, 3-for-9 at the route, is returning to his optimal distance as part of the Gary Contessa trained entry. Additionally, hes won his lone start over this surface and drops to his proper level here. Mike Luzzi will have the option to stalk from close range from his mid-position in the starting gate.

Angelica Aura is coming off the recent David Jacobson claim who has fared better with second starters off a claim and accompanied usually by a class drop. But the stretch-out figures to suit here and the 5-year-old returns to the surface over which he won his only start. Mario Pino picks up the mount on the tactical speedster.

Hawkinsville comes from a barn thats 22 percent effective with their shippers and the young 10-pound apprentice has won with half of the four horses hes ridden for Wesley Ward, whos bringing a division to New York this year. Hawkinsville has excellent kick but stretches out here. To his credit, he finished second in his only start at this trip.

Taking Irish Majesty to win at 5-2 or greater and keying him first and second in exacgta boxes with Angelic Aura and Hawkinsville.

Running Totals: (189) 64-41-22. Total Dollar Return: $401.80 [win selections only]

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Monday, March 10, 2008


On the Road…


HRI's Free Feature Race Analysis will take an alternative form over the next month beginning March 12. Executive editor John Pricci is going on the Triple Crown trail and will spend the next four weeks in Tampa and Hallandale Beach Florida, and in Queens, New York.

During this period the Free Analysis will appear occasionally from different locales, schedule permitting. At this writing, we intend to provide handicapping coverage on Tampa Bay Derby day, March 15, and each day we attend the races at Gulfstream Park the following two weeks.

We will resume our regular coverage of New York racing during our reporting on the Wood Memorial, the first week of April. Please check back with us daily.

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