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.

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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Shippers Dominate the “Cappy”

There might not be many Derby colts in today’s featured Fred “Cappy” Capossela at 6 furlongs but it will provide for some good action on the racetrack and betting action at the windows. The interesting colts here are The Prince (7-2) and Wildcat Brief (5-1).

The Prince, part of the Tony Dutrow trained entry, comes into this off a new pace top, indicating he can improve on his good figure debut at Delaware last fall. Any improvement at all from his last will make him a rough customer here. Channing Hill takes the re-ride off his good local debut in the Winkfield and is nicely positioned outside wit a suitable running style.

Wildcat Brief, meanwhile, is faster, raced well in both starts over the track and comes off a “soft” maiden win, indicating there’s more in reserve for this. We like the sign of confidence from the barn, entering him back in a stakes, and Stewart Elliott comes up for the ride as Ramon Dominguez opts for Mike Trombetta’s undefeated early line favorite, Not For Silver (2-1). It can only help out price.

Taking Wildcat Brief to win at 5-1 or greater and keying him first and second in exactas with his two rivals here.

Running Totals: (363) 112-72-48 Total Dollar Return: $783.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, February 14, 2009

Liz Gets Lasix

The Saturday feature, tackily run as the third race because the bean counters want short fields out of the Pick Six sequence--the eighth race drew a whopping field of seven--is the Dearly Precious Stakes for three-year-old fillies.

Despite the short field it’s a competitive group with any of three fillies; Liz Too (2-1), Dream Play (5-2) and Chattertown (7-2) more than capable of this.

Chattertown ships in super ship for Steve Klesaris following a dead heat win at Philly Park last out. Showing much improved speed to break her maiden in spot where the first and third finishers came back to win next out, the barn is showing a good deal of confidence spotting her here. She continues to train very well at her Fair Hill base and attracts talented speed rider David Cohen.

Dream Play might be 2-for-2 in her career if not for a very poor getaway in her return from a lengthy layup then continued to race in traffic much of the way. She impressed favorably in her maiden score at 2 and certainly could improve rapidly here. Eddie Castro picks up the mount from Kiaran McLaughlin, profitable with second-off-the-layup returnees.

But leave it to Rick Dutrow to find a spot and position that suits his filly nicely. Blessed with high cruising speed, she sports a bounce rebound pattern into this, her two-back being significantly faster than her first. But she might have had an additional excuse as well, adding Lasix for the first time this afternoon. Richard Migliore rides her back for an outfit that’s a sensational 39 percent efficient with first-Lasix runners. Migliore should sit the pocket until ready.

Taking Liz Too to win at 2-1 or greater, no multiple pool wagers.

Running Totals: (362) 112-72-47 Total Dollar Return: $783.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, February 13, 2009

Late Developing Gelding to the Rescue

There’s plenty of gas on display--most of it in the form of Accredit--in today’s sprint feature at Aqueduct, a money allowances/optional claimer at six furlongs.

But no one is coming up to this any better than the strong finishing Mr. Madison (7-2). As so often happens with gelding, this guy has come into his own at age five. Further, the six weeks of spacing is ideal and he appears to by cycling back to a top effort.

The pacesetting Accredit (5-2) should insure lively fractions for the Gary Contessa trainee, who’s reaching out for one of his go-to winter riders, Pablo Morales. Sir Winston (4-1) shows up as the fastest on figures but generally needs a few races to recover off big efforts.

Taking Mr. Madison to win at 3-1 or greater and boxing him in the exacta with sharp ship-in Suave Jazz (3-1), a three-time surface winner.

Running Totals: (361) 112-72-47 Total Dollar Return: $783.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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