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, January 17, 2015


Wildcat Cat: The Ultimate Horse for Course


If it weren't for a wee bit of hesitation that Wildcat Red (2-1) might not have made the transition from three to four, we'd be screaming his name from Plantation to Hallandale Beach.

But given the chance the crowd might be tempted to over-bet Transparent (9-5) from the hot McLaughlin barn, we're taking the fast, game colt to improve on his worthy Gulfstream Park record of (8) 5-3-0 getting Joel Rosario for the first time.

Taking Wildcat Red to win at 8-5 or greater, an exacta box with SoFla rival East Hall (5-2) and adding sharp distance lover Catholic Cowboy (6-1) and Transparent to the super-exotics mix.

Number of Selections since 2007: 1675

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 502-325

Amount Wagered:$3,350 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,468.80

Profit to Date: $118.80 {Friday results not included}

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Friday, January 16, 2015


Gambling on Fitness


Today's Gulfstream Park feature is a tough one, an extremely competitive NW3/optional for older horses going 1-1/16 miles on turf. Whoever you choose, no short price is in order.

On our Energy Ratings, course-love Mr. Online and Excaper, recently second to very talented Mshawish hold a wide edge in this limit field. However, both do their best running on or near the lead and have drawn wide posts.

Instead, we're reaching out for the back-classy Java's War (12-1) which hasn't started since the Pennsylvania Derby, the 2013 Pa Derby. The 5YO has won fresh in his career--although not a specialty--hails from a new barn that does, Roger Attfield's (17% off long layups).

This runner has a big late engine, one he used successfully to win the G1 Poly Blue Grass, but is 2-for-3 on turf--1-for-7 on anything else. He'll need some luck given the big field but Javier Castellano is an ace on this turf course and is likely to give this rallier his best chance to upset.

Taking Java's War to win at 8-1 or greater, key boxing exactas with his speedy rivals, and will go for the gusto by adding price shots Joelito, Sky Blazer and Riding the River to the super-exotics mix.

Number of Selections since 2007: 1675

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 502-325

Amount Wagered:$3,350 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,468.80

Profit to Date: $118.80

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Thursday, January 15, 2015


Georgia On My Mind


Last week, trainer Marty Wolfson had five fillies entered in Gulfstream's featured event. Today, he has only two of the seven fillies entered in this secondary allowances/optional, but one of them likely is the right one for the bettors to land on.

In a close call, we prefer Georgia (6-1) in a handicapping photo over Quiet Hour (3-1). Although she hasn't won since the summer meeting here, she has been earning competitive figures on our Energy Ratings scale while competing with tougher, owns a win over the track and both lifetime scores have come at today's trip, going 0-for-4 doing anything else. Further, she enters this off a New Pace Top.

Taking Georgia to win, no price restrictions, an exacta box with Quiet Hour, and adding classy returnee Got Lucky (8-5) and turf-to-dirt Elusive Fate (8-1) to the super-exotic mix.

Number of Selections since 2007: 1674

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 502-325

Amount Wagered:$3,348 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,468.80

Profit to Date: $120.80

Written by John Pricci

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