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, March 07, 2009

Revenge, Sweet Revenge

For a complete handicapping analysis of today’s featured Gotham Stakes, see Pricci’s Morning Line on lead page.

Taking I Want Revenge to win at 3-1 or greater, and an exacta box with Mr. Fantasy.

Running Totals: (376) 114-76-50 Total Dollar Return: $797.30 [win selections only] {Friday Results not included}

Written by John Pricci


Friday, March 06, 2009

Sensational Recent Form

An interesting feature race boasting a handful of developing three-year-olds featuring recent maiden winners, droppers, and shippers, all adding to the mix. Horses of interest are, from the outside in, Tap Man (5-1), Cellar Dweller (4-1), and Haitian Sensation (5-2).

Tony Dutrow appears to be bearing down on Tap Man. Following an introductory spin around the inner track, Dutrow adds blinkers. That’s a profitable 28 proposition and one that seems to be working given two recent bullet works, presumably in those new blinkers. Dutrow reaches out for David Cohen, who rode Tap Man to victory two starts back at Philly Park.

Cellar Dweller is back to his proper level after a good placing to Haynesfield, one of the choices in tomorrow’s Gotham Stakes. Since the Whirlaway, Cellar Dweller has had three purposeful works and today stretches out to his maiden-victory distance three starts back. Anna Napravnik takes the re-ride for trainer John Campo Jr.

Haitian Sensation, coupled with Mr. Again, broke his maiden with style in a strongly run maiden win last out after switching to leading rider Ramon Dominguez, who rides him back for Seth Benzel, the young trainer profitable for his career with his route runners. Tactical speed and an inside post don’t figure to hurt his chances.

Taking Haitian Sensation to win at 5-2 or greater keying him first and second in exactas with his rivals here.

Running Totals: (375) 114-75-50 Total Dollar Return: $797.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, March 05, 2009

Taking a Leap of Faith

Like so many other geldings, Leap Day has comes into his own as a five-year-old. He always earned good performance figures but now has been doing that consistently for a long time. Trainer Mike Hushion has found a likely spot for stretching out the 5-2 early line favorite.

Leap Day clearly is the speed, and the fastest member, of this secondary allowances/optional claimer group going one mile, and Hushion has been profitable in this situation--stretching out to a route off two successive sprints.

Despite the outside post at this distance, Ramon Dominguez should have little problem clearing the field and settle into a stalking position off the other probable pacesetter, longshot Sigh You, and open an insurmountable lead when ready.

Taking Leap Day to win at 8-5 or greater and keying him first and second in exactas and trifectas with Typhoon Tycoon (10-1), Freddy The Cap (4-1) and Stopbluffing (6-1).

Running Totals: (374) 113-75-50 Total Dollar Return: $793.80 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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