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, July 19, 2015

Mostly, Aristone Sprinter Looks Like Repeater

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The feature at Parx Racing has attracted a large, competitive field of turf sprinters with a real chance for value on the "best horse."

Mr Mostly (3-1) comes into this going from dirt to turf beat weaker with authority in last now switches to shat may be his preferred surface after beating weaker at this trip last out. In one of these three back against tougher he suffered through a wide trip [see replay].

With excellent back figures he takes a confident class rise for Aristone-Pennington team, a barn profitable with up-in-class claimers.

Taking Mr. Mostly to win at early line odds or greater, exacta key boxes with Charlie Murray (9-2), dropping significantly and logical favorite, Belmont ship-in Luigi P. (5-2) and adding price shot Animal Style (15-1) to the super-exotics mix.

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Number of Selections since 2007: 1781

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 533-339

Amount Wagered: $3,560 [$2 to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,651.60

Profit to Date: $91.60

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Second-Time Starters, First Time Clockers and All That Jazz

Not an attractive feature at Belmont Park, the Rockville Center for 2-year-olds stretching to 6 furlongs. (Yes, only six days remain until the Spa opening).

The youngsters coming out of the fast test put on quite a stretch show last out and we'll opt to reverse the fortunes between winning Lucky Lurie (9-5) and the runnerup Love That Jazz.

The latter has a few edges in his favor in this matchup. Drawing outside his main rivals gives Irad Ortiz opens. Further, Steve Asmussen's second starters normally run debut than his debut types and also benefits from a four-pound weight switch.

Taking Love That Jazz at early line odds or greater and an exacta box with Lucky Lurie.

Number of Selections since 2007: 1780

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 533-339

Amount Wagered: $3,558 [$2 to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,651.60

Profit to Date: $93.60

What you are about to read is bonus coverage of Del Mar as HRI welcomes renown private clocker and bloodstock agent Bruno De Julio to our staff. Bruno will join us daily through the entire Saratoga race meet that begins Friday, July 24. We are excited that he is aboard and I’m sure you’ll enjoy and profit from his contributions. More as we get closer to the Spa opener…

Racing With Bruno at Del Mar, Saturday July 18

Dirt is back! The emphasis on the main track will be 'brilliant speed' once again, giving us the ability to use what we see in the morning to best advantage in the afternoon.

The synthetic surface disguised and stymied speed, creating a false impression of a horse’s true ability. The new dirt course, under the guidance of Dennis Moore, is a carbon copy of Santa Anita's main track. So far it has played to rave reviews from most horsemen.

Santa Anita horses will be in the spotlight during the early part of the Del Mar meet, as well as stock from adjacent training facilities San Luis Rey Downs and Los Alamitos. They will play an important role until horses begin training consistently at 'ole Del Mar.

We had a chance to watch two-year-olds travel over the surface at the Barretts May Sale held at Del Mar in late May. Some of the horses out of that sale are worth watching for as they start making their debuts.

Mitzi Winks, by Lookin At Lucky out of a Golden Eagle family. Sold for $65,000 after working in 10.20 and 21.30 for Excel Bloodstock (Bruno De Berdt). She worked well and seemed to take off again on gallop-out according to her exercise rider. Mitzi Winks was bought as a yearling by Good Fellas Racing (Racingwithbruno, out nom de course, and Sean Anthony). She is trained by Doug O'Neill.

Sarah Sunshine, a Stormin Fever from Golden Eagle Farm, a California-bred filly out of a Sadler's Wells mare, had the right of look of a filly ready to stretch out successfully on the turf later in the Del Mar meet. Bought by Herrick Racing, she is a very nice looking, developing prospect.
It's Just Bob, a Big Drama colt bought by Jeff Bonde for $110,000 after working in 10.80, 21.40, 33.40 and out in 47.2--a strong gallop out after a quarter mile preview.

Curlin Road, bought for $95,000 by Albert and Kathleen Mattivi. Colt was an inexpensive buy as a yearling. He was small but has grown into a nice looking animal. He did have a nasty cut on front of his ankle that may have deterred some buyers. It was a cosmetic issue. He breezed well despite the ankle cut, going in 10.80, 21.80, 34.30 and 47.20. He got stronger as preview went on.

Rim Nick , by J P's Gusto who won the Best Pal here at Del Mar for David Hofmans, was bought by Dennis O'Neill for $230,000 after previewing in 10.80, 21.20, 33.30 and out four furlongs in 47.20. The J P's Gusto's have been extremely fast in 2YO training sale previews, suggesting precocious, win-early types. He will be trained by Doug O'Neill.

Scarlet Emerald, a nice, fast, Desert Party Oklahoma-bred filly who was quick at Barretts but also at OBS April sale, going in 10.40, 21.80 and 35. At Del Mar’s May Preview she breezed in 10, 21 and 33 flat. Bought by Rockingham Ranch and trainer Peter Miller. She is a win-early type.

Saturday Del Mar Feature is the Osunitas, a restricted stakes for fillies and mares on the grass at a mile and one sixteenth (8th race):

#3 Elektrum (Ire) is the logical horse with Victor Espinoza in the saddle. She comes off a very strong work on July 13 at Santa Anita, where she finished ''full of energy'' according to Racingwithbruno's Workout Analyst. She drew a strong 4-star work for that effort. #11 Nashoba's Gold was an outstanding three-year-old filly for Carla Gaines in 2014. She tried to come back during the winter but something wasn't right; she fits here and could improve a ton shipping down to Del Mar. #8 Famous Alice is a horse we know well. Racingwithbruno purchased the daughter of Kitten's Joy after failing to reach her reserve price at the 2012 Keeneland Yearling Sale for $25,000. We pin-hooked her for $110,000 at OBS, April 2013. Graded stakes placed, the filly has some speed and makes her second start for Tim Yakteen.

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Viva Value

What a tough, competitive turf route is on tap in today' Belmont Park feature, the majority of the field comprising lightly raced talented types from mostly every high profile outfit on the grounds.

With so many showing some promise, we'll look for a price play with Viva Malala (8-1), half of the Chris Clement uncoupled entry. Undefeated in two turf starts vs. state-breds, including her course debut at today's trip.

Three year old filly owns a forward-looking pattern, is treated well at the weights, is nicely drawn, has overcome adversity, and the early line quote should make for bettable post time odds as the filly tries open company for the first time.

Taking Viva Malala to win at 6-1 or greater and an exacta box with Fila Primera (4-1), half of an uncoupled Chad Brown-trained pair.

Number of Selections since 2007: 1778

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 533-339

Amount Wagered: $3,554 [$2 to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,651.60

Profit to Date: $97.60 {Thursday results not included}

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