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.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Rollers Will Like This Setup

The good thing about highly competitive races is that no matter which horse you land on, the chance are good you’ll get a playable price. Such is the case in today’s secondary allowances/optional claimer at Belmont Park.

As you might expect from a sprint race at this level, there is no shortage of early speed. That would seem to give a tactical edge to Rollers (3-1), Mucho Macho (4-1) and Digger (12-1).

Rollers goes from turf to dirt for Barclay Tagg and leading rider Ramon Dominguez takes the re-ride. When last seen at Belmont Park at 3, he was placing gamely behind the very rapid Stormin’ Normandy.

A return to his best performance figure would easily win this and he has the tactical speed and position to take advantage of prevailing conditions.

Mucho Macho is working well for his return for the hot Jimmy Jerkens barn and his style suit’s the race shape. Digger is a speedster but is coming off a cyclical pace top and will be a big price.

Taking Rollers to win at 2-1 or greater and keying him first and second in exactas with his rivals here.

Running Totals: (445) 134-93-58 Total Dollar Return: $938.80 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, June 13, 2009

No Guts, No Glory

Today’s feature in New York is the Grade 3 Poker Handicap at one mile on the turf. It’s always entertaining--even today’s short field--which looks like to two horse affair between champion highweight Kip Deville (4-5) and Tam Lin (5-2).

Clearly, the champ has the best credentials and is fastest on performance figures by a wide margin. He’s good fresh, but the layoff he comes from is the one from Dubai. That trip can be taxing and it’s worth trying to upset him at the price.

Not that Tam Lin will make you rich but he gives you better than a puncher’s chance. He’s second fastest on figures but comes up to this the right way, his condition is less in question, and he’s been working bullets in preparation for this. Further, he is likely to set a controlled, moderate pace. We’ll pay to find out.

Taking Tam Lin to win at 5-2 or greater and an exacta box with Kip Deville.

Running Totals: (444) 134-92-58 Total Dollar Return: $938.80 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Macho, Macho Man

The most compelling stakes race this afternoon will be run in Kentucky with Churchill Downs’ Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap. And while Einstein looms an extremely solid and sentimental favorite, that doesn’t pay the bills.

We’re taking the course-loving Macho Man, in receipt of seven pounds, to upset the Foster at 8-1 or greater, boxing him in the exacta with Einstein.

For a more complete look at today’s Stephen Foster Handicap, please see Pricci Morning Line on the lead page.

Running Totals: (443) 133-92-58 Total Dollar Return: $921.60 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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