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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Wednesday, March 25, 2015


Made In Detroit Is Not a Bad Thing


Even if Made in Detroit (5-1) didn’t own the top Pricci Performance Rating or was equaled by main rival Moon Over Cuzco (9-2), he would have been our betting choice given his most recent effort [see replay of his last-out maiden breaker].

These two are dominant over the group. We’ll take ‘Detroit’ to win at 7-2 or greater, box the exacta with ‘Moon’, and will use #s 1, 4 and 6 beneath to complete the super-exotics, likely pressing All I Karabout underneath the exacta if this pace horse is anything close to his 10-1 early line.

Number of Selections since 2008: 1712

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 516-330

Amount Wagered: $3,424 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,534.80

Profit to Date: $110.80

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Sunday, March 22, 2015


Sunland After Dark


Firing Line (8-5) is deservedly a short price to win this evening's Sunland Derby to earn more than enough Derby points to qualify for the big dance in May. His excellent placing's to Dortmund speaks to his quality. With Lord Nelson declared out and the favorite going second-time Gary Stevens from the pole, he'll be odds-on to get it done.

But we'll look for the upset with Tiznow R J (5-1). His 3rd to International Star in the fast G3 Lecomte two back was so fast that he figured to regress next out, and did. With the bounce out of the way and with a pedigree better suited to 9 furlongs than the favorite, we'll take our chances.

Taking Tiznow R J to win at (7-2) or greater and an exacta box with Firing Line.

Number of Selections since 2008: 1711

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 516-330

Amount Wagered: $3,422 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,534.80

Profit to Date: $112.80

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Saturday, March 21, 2015


Interesting Battle Looms in Gulf’s G2 Sabin


1) 12-1 96 Swinger’s Party
2) 5-1 91 Tiz Windy
3) 7-2 98 Sheer Drama
4) 15-1 84 Oasis At Midnight
5) 10-1 88 Flores Island
6) 9-5 98 House Rules
7) 3-1 85 Molly Morgan

A closer look at the Pricci Performance Ratings [bold type]--a speed figure that includes an energy component and a statistical measure of traditional handicapping tenets, yielding a predicted performance level for today's race--indicates there are two mares tied at the top with Total Energy Ratings of 98 each. What to do?

In this case it's clear cut: House Rules is 9-5; Sheer Drama is 7-2. Part of the statistical data includes the fact that House Rules gave a peak effort in last--and might again--but that Sheer Drama has more room to improve.

Thus, we're taking Sheer Drama to win at 5-2 or greater, boxing the exacta with House Rules, and we're adding Swinger's Party (12-1) with her competitive 96 rating and Tiz Windy (5-1), who also figures to move forward, to exacta boxes and the super-exotics mix.

The possible value lies in getting the classy, albeit figure-lacking, Molly Moran (3-1) out of the number. She has shown no indication that she's at tops in her first start following a layup and the rest of her PPs indicates that this just might be a bridge race to Kentucky.

Number of Selections since 2008: 1710

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 515-330

Amount Wagered: $3,420 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,526.80

Profit to Date: $106.80

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