Pricci's Free Daily Feature Race Analysis

Whenever his daily work schedule permits, HorseRaceInsider executive editor John Pricci will analyze that day's feature race from a major thoroughbred-racing jurisdiction.

Friday, August 20, 2010

You Go Bet Girl

Today’s Saratoga feature is the female version of yesterday’s West Point, the Yaddo for fillies and mares 3 & up at nine furlongs.

On paper, the three shortest prices on the overnight line have the best chance and all are in with a good chance. It’s a matter of which variable you settle on.

We’ll eliminate Meriwether Jessica (5-1) from the top spot even if she had a strong and sharp recent because she’s not run this far, is not particularly bred for it and has not had success on this surface.

Chestoria (3-1) and You Go West Girl (4-1) come out of the same Spa two turner and each had a tough trip. While the former had a tougher trip in terms of trouble encountered, the latter had a far more difficult chore, trying to out kick Chestoria while racing wide behind a slow pace.

Taking You Go West Girl to win at 3-1 or greater and keying her first and second with her two main rivals here.

Running Totals: (711) 232-145-97 Total Dollar Return: $1,603.40 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, August 19, 2010

Straight Story is the Truth

Today’s Saratoga feature is the West Point on turf at 9 furlongs for New York breds, 3-year-olds and up and it’s attracted a field a talented horses, headed by Straight Story (5-2), Banrock (3-1) and Minnie Punt (9-2).

My first inclination is to box them up as good cases can be made for all. The latter was severely compromised by a dawdling pace in an open class stakes at Monmouth last out. Old pro Banrock has won half his six starts at Saratoga with two seconds and is a six-time winner at the distance.

But Straight Story has grown into a force at 4, even in open company, and, in fact, mid-moved, reaching even terms for the lead in the 11-furlong, Grade 1 United Nations only to get grabbed from behind by a talented Euro type, beaten two lengths for it all. Previously came two open length victories vs. state-breds at today’s distance at Belmont Park.

Taking Straight Story to win at 8-5 or greater and keying him first and second in multiple with his two rivals listed here.

Running Totals: (710) 231-145-97 Total Dollar Return: $1,599.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Today’s Saratoga feature is the Troy Stakes, an overnighter for older turf sprinters going 5-½ furlongs. While Linda Rice has an uncoupled threesome in here, reminiscent of the time she finished 1-2-3 in a Saratoga turf stakes. That doesn’t figure to be the case here.

Silver Timber (8-5) simply has too much class, too much ability on the performance scale, too much versatility, a coveted inside position and is reunited with Julien Leparoux, who’s won with three of his four recent rides aboard the 7-year-old gelding for Chad Brown, rolling right along at 38 percent efficiency at this meet.

Taking Silver Timber to win, no price restrictions, and exacta key boxes with recent tough-tripper Yield Bogey (6-1) and Spa lover Ahvee's Destiny (5-1).

Running Totals: (709) 231-145-97 Total Dollar Return: $1,599.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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