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.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Targeting Troy from Afar

Today's featured Troy Stakes at 5-1/2 on the grass features a horse that has been carefully pointed toward this. Storm Treasure (10-1), who has raced well when fresh in the past, has been training methodical and quiakly at Churchill Downs for his return to Saratoga. Take him to win at 8-1 or greater and key him in all money positions in the trifecta with razor sharp Awakino Cat (3-1), classy veteran Atticus Kristy (5-1) and turf-sprint specialist True To Tradtion.

Written by John Pricci


Sunday, August 16, 2009

Sometimes Everyone Is Just: Hangingbyathread

Today’s West Point for older state-breds going nine furlongs on the turf is always entertaining; formful with too many short prices. This again looks like one of those.

The favorite is Banrock (2-1), and deservedly so as the most accomplished member of the field. Getting class relief dropping out of the G1 United Nations back into restricted company, he’s from a live barn, loves this course and the trip, but prefers some cut in the ground--although he was run fast on firm turf. Still, at a short price, not for us.

The preference is Hangingbyathread, who continues to show improvement as a 5-year-old gelding. The owners always point for this meeting, Carlos Martin is having a fine year, he’s won at Saratoga, and is 2-for-5 at this trip. He has a strong kick but enough tactical speed at this distance to insure a good journey. A winner last out, Jose Lezcano takes the re-ride.

Taking Hangingbyathread to win at 3-1 or greater, and key boxing first and second with Banrock and Kutaisi (6-1), a good second to the choice at Belmont Park last out and developing into a nice little win machine.

Running Totals: (482) 144-99-66 Total Dollar Return: $994.30 [win selections only] {Saturday's results not included}

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, August 15, 2009

One of These Veterans Will Make History

Today's Grade 1 Sword Dancer comes down to the horse that's been pointing for his third consecutive victory in the race, Grand Couturier (3-1), or 10-year-old Better Talk Now (5-1), who ran a remarkable race behid Gio Poni last out, the country's leading grass horse that came back to win the Arlington Million in his most recent start last weekend. Grand Couturier has not been sharp in recent preps for the Sword Dancer because he missed valuable training time. That's not the case here. He loves this course and could not be training better.

Taking Grand Couturier to win at 2-1 or greater and an exacta box with Better Talk Now.

Running Totals: (482) 144-99-66 Total Dollar Return: $994.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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