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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Saturday, December 06, 2014


Ride’m Luis!


Welcome to the start of what Gulfstream calls its championship meet and given its history, the Hallandale track is entitled to some bragging rights, hence the branding.

Oddly, the championship meet begins with a celebration of many of this country's hardest hitting claimers, the Claiming Crown, the Platers Breeders' Cup, and it's the Claiming Crown Jewel that's the biggest bauble of the six added money events.

Like many of today's events it feature a large competitive field--did we mention competitive?! We're interested in a price shot that has been pointed for this since the leaves began to turn. Besides, we can't take a short price in this group.

Catholic Cowboy (15-1) has a modest three-win record but one of those came in his maiden breaker over the surface beneath Luis Saez. He was a perfect trip winner at Saratoga this summer making a good rally up the fence, conditions that are likely to prevail here with his inside draw, coming from sprints, and with Saez who's proven adept in this kind of scenario. His recent blowout was the fastest of 22 peers last week at Palm Meadows.

Taking first-time gelding Catholic Cowboy to win at 9-1 or greater and key-boxing in money positions with sharp ship-in Page McKenney (9-2), Kobiskie-improved speedster Cerro (4-1) from the pole, and late running Dawly (3-1), who's been competitive with better throughout his career.

Number of Selections since 2007: 1653

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 496-323

Amount Wagered: $3,306 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,408.60

Profit to Date: $102.60

Written by John Pricci

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Friday, December 05, 2014


Smitten by Shipper


Today's Big A feature is the same as yesterday's only this conditioned allowances is for the ladies, at the same distance of a mile and 70 yards.

No member of today's group is sharper than Smitten by Gold (6-1) and the connections appears as sharp as their filly's.

Mike Ferraro doesn't ship from the cozy but cold confines of Finger Lakes but when he does he makes it count, winning with shippers at a very worthy 33%.

Similarly, it is rare when you see a rider win long races at a 26% clip, yet that's exactly what regular partner David Lopez has done. Given the dynamics, Lopez could work out a good trip in this spot.

The 5-year-old mare beat open rivals in her last two in Western New York and ships in seeking the lion's share of the $65,000 purse. If she gets it, it will be her fifth consecutive victory.

Taking Smitten by Gold to pass her class test at 9-2 or greater and boxing her in the exacta with the Friedman entry (4-5), topped by the fast working Carameaway.

Number of Selections since 2007: 1653

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 496-323

Amount Wagered: $3,306 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,408.60

Profit to Date: $102.60

Written by John Pricci

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Thursday, December 04, 2014


He’ll Win from Here to Saratoga


Lots of mixed signals in today's Big A feature, a conditioned allowances for state-breds 3 & up. We have two prominent turf-to-dirt entrants, one making its winter track debut and other seasoned vets in various states of form.

As open as this is, we'll go for the gusto with Gridley Here (8-1). As a 3YO, he has upside and has been racing in career form recently. The bad news is that he lacks experience on this surface and shoulders an equally-weighted 121 against proven older rivals.

But it did appear that he used as recent 7F sprint as a bridge to this after winning both priors under a similar dynamic. Jeremy Rose takes the call for McPeek, whose sprint-to-route runners click profitably at 20%.

Taking Gridley Here to win at 5-1 or greater and key-boxing exactas with redoubtable old pro Spa City Fever (5-2) and solid worker Notacatbutallama (7-2), the Toddster going turf to dirt.

Number of Selections since 2007: 1652

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 496-323

Amount Wagered: $3,304 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,408.60

Profit to Date: $104.60

Written by John Pricci

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