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.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Summer Breeze

In today's storied Travers Stakes, taking Summer Bird (3-1) to win at 7-2 or greater and keying him in all trifecta positions with Quality Road (8-5), Kensei (7-2) and Warrior's Reward (8-1).

For a complete analysis of Travers 140, see Saratoga Diary on HRI lead page

Running Totals: (490) 146-101-67 Total Dollar Return: $1,004.10 [win selections only] {Friday results not included}

Written by John Pricci


Friday, August 28, 2009

Cal Cowboys Up

Today’s Saratoga feature is the Grade 2 Bernard Baruch, an always entertaining turf route among older grass specialists going nine furlongs.

This renewal features a strong entry of the streaking Justenuffhumor, winner of the Fourstardave over the course, and Colony (9-5), who showed extreme promise in his recent U. S. debut, ridden by two of the top young riders on the grounds, Alan Garcia and Rajiv Maragh, respectively.

The former has demonstrated an excellent turn of foot, delivered anywhere on the course; the latter, if his Belmont effort is the measure, likes to come roaring down the course late. And improvement is likely here, too, as trainer Saeed bin Suroor is 37 percent efficient with second-off-the-layup starters.

But it’s Cowboy Cal (5-2) who seems particularly well placed here, especially at the distance. He has handled any type of footing, has tactical speed and kick, and is the fastest horse on the Equiform scale. A proven G2 performer, he reunites with regular partner Johnny Velazquez.

Taking Cowboy Cal to win at 5-2 or greater and an exacta box with the Darley/Godolphin entry. Trifecta players can add price shots Mambo Meister (8-1) and Kutaisi (15-1).

Running Totals: (490) 146-101-67 Total Dollar Return: $1,004.10 [win selections only

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, August 27, 2009

Stars Aligned for Planets Aligned

Today’s feature from Saratoga Race Course is for the up-and-over set, the Grade 1 New York Turf Writers’ Cup Steeplechase Handicap at 2-3/8 miles and it looks like a two-horse affair between favorite Mixed Up (8-5) and Planets Aligned (5-2).

When last seen Mixed Up was winning the G1 Smithwick Memorial over this course August 6. It might not sound like much but the 10-year-old must spot his main rival two pounds, more significant than you might think at this distance.

Planets Aligned was a perfect-trip third when beaten by the favorite in the Smithwick but had the look of a horse that needed the race. He never quickened, remaining one-paced. With that race under his belt, expect a much better effort here.

Taking Planets Aligned to win at 2-1 or greater and keying him in exactas with Mixed Up and his uncoupled stablemate, Slip Away (4-1), who has an excellent chance to get loose on the lead at today’s added distance.

Running Totals: (490) 146-101-67 Total Dollar Return: $1,004.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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