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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, July 26, 2015

Curalina Rates Best in CCAO

Today's Spa feature is a legitimate Grade 1 and always has been, but these days the Coaching Club American Oaks is run at 9 furlongs, which is more of an accomodation to field size than tradition.

Curalina (3-1) has many things going for her in this spot. Nicely drawn toward the inside and suited by the potential race shape, she's by Curlin, who loved the Spa and Johnny rides seeking to remaining undefeated four straight rides. Closing the deal, along with a strong work-line and excellent spacing, she appears a layover on her Thoro Graph lines.

Taking Curalina at 2-1 or greater, boxing her I'm A Chatterbox (5-2) and using Keen Pauline (4-1) Include Betty (5-2) and Chide (12-1) in super-exotics.

Number of Selections since 2007: 1785

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 534-339

Amount Wagered: $3,570 [$2 to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,662.60

Profit to Date: $92.60

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FIVE STAR DIXIE (9-2) chased a very hot pace vs. similar last time out and held gamely for third; figures to get softer pace here, goes well from the inside, and barn gives the re-ride to Hernandez, a worthy 30% for this outfit from a large sample. BRIAR MOJO (5-1) has earned competitive figures with consistency, goes well fresh; barn is capable off long layups, profitable shipping into Parx and 19% efficient with new acquisitions. DISTINCTIVE LADY (5-2) was a good second when she returned to this distance last out and gets Caballero on the re-ride; offers little value here.

Taking Five Star Dixie to win at 3-1 or greater and key boxing exactas with his main rivals as above.

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Calhoun’s Shipper is Comin in Hot

Two graded stakes on the docket and we'll concentrate on the Grade 2 Sanford Stakes. Bret Calhoun is a worthy 23% with his shippers and repeaters and in He's Comin' in Hot (4-1) both scenarios apply. Not only that, he has an experience and distance-winning advantage. Not only that but his performance figures are the fastest in the field and is proven in graded stakes company.

Taking He's Comin in Hot to win at 5-2 or greater, key-boxing exactas with Paynes Prairie (5-1) and Cocked and Loaded (3-1).

Number of Selections since 2007: 1784

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 534-339

Amount Wagered: $3,566 [$2 to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,662.60

Profit to Date: $96.60

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Happy Opening Day or It’s Lake George and Schuylerville at the Spa

Great opening day program and the Grade 2 Lake George for 3-year-old turf fillies is the linchpin on a program that includes the traditional meet opener, the G3 Schuylerville for the baby girls.

Like most Spa stakes, the Lake George is highly competitive, compounded by the fact it's a full field on the grass. Trips, especially in this heat, will be key. Trainer Chad Brown has entered three and we're taking the one we believe has the most upside.

Mrs. McDougal (6-1) was a little late making debut but she has come to hand in a big way and returns apparently with a late season assault in mind. Her mate Partisan Politics (5-1) is more accomplished, having won the P.G. Johnson here at 2 but Mrs. MacDougall is fresher, better posted and gets 4 pounds from her mate. Irad Ortiz, 1-for-1 with her, gets the call.

Taking Mrs. McDougal to win at 4-1 or greater, an exacta box with Partisan Politics, and adding All in Fun (8-1) and Celestine (8-1) to the super-exotics mix.

This being opening day, a double dose of graded stakes...that and I'll try anything to snap this two-week drought!

If I can't have a super-fast youngster in a Saratoga juvenile stakes event, I'll take experience every time. In Moment Is Right (5-2), we've got a little of both. Perfect in two starts, she flew early after a bobbled start and still lived to tell the tale, keeping her slate perfect at 2-for-2. Speed, experience, a comfortable outside draw, Ward and Castellano, and great spacing are a winning combination.

Taking Moment Is Right to win, no price restrictions, and key-boxing exactas with Astoria runner-up Decked Out (4-1) and Todd Pletcher's brilliant Positively Royal (2-1), adding the Ward-uncoupled Banree (5-1) and Off The Tracks (12-1) to the super-exotics mix.

Number of Selections since 2007: 1782

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 533-339

Amount Wagered: $3,562 [$2 to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,651.60

Profit to Date: $89.60

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