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, June 27, 2015


…A Time for Every Purpose Unto Heaven


To the HRI Faithful:

My family has suffered a personal loss as my sister-in-law, Cathie Klitin, passed suddenly on Friday morning, June 26, in Saratoga Springs.

Toni and I will be leaving for New York Saturday afternoon and my participation at HRI will be spotty in the near, foreseeable future.

Tom Jicha will be overseeing things on the editorial side during my absence.

While it may be inconvenient, please check back daily as I will effort to meet my professional responsibilities. Given the circumstances, however, I can make no promises.

We were looking forward to getting back to Saratoga in August. Sadly our return will come a bit sooner.

I can't thank our loyal readers enough!

Yours in racing,

John Pricci



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Friday, June 26, 2015


Improving Four-Year-Old to Upset Belmont Feature


A highly competitive Belmont Park feature, an optional N2X sprint with some fast, speedy runners signed on, making it very difficult to take a short price. And so we won't: Not even the white hot Todd Pletcher's Blame Jim (3-1), whose style fits the race shape here and is also adding blinkers with Johnny in the boot.

Instead, we'll look outside to a horse owning tactical speed and can outlast these with a projected favorable stalking trip, Glacken Too (8-1), who's shown improvement for the Nevin barn in his last two starts. The mini-turnback suits the scenario here, Jose Ortiz chooses to take the re-ride, and the colt's worked purposefully since his last.

Taking Glacken Too to win at 6-1 or greater and keying him in exactas with Blame Jim and price shot Monster Mash (12-1), the longer of the uncoupled Jeremiah entry who figures to appreciate the anticipated hot pace.

Number of Selections since 2007: 1769

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 532-336

Amount Wagered: $3,538 [$2 to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,638.00

Profit to Date: $100.00

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Thursday, June 25, 2015


His Best Towers Over The Group


Another inscrutable feature race in which favorites look the most likely to succeed but neither do they inspire a great deal of confidence.

Towering Moon (4-1) has upside off the recent Dubb/Rudy claim, returning with favorable spacing and suitable dynamics. The presence of Javier from an outside slip out of the chute are two more pluses. If he runs to his best he's shown thus far, that should be good enough. With any improvement, his rivals may be racing from minor honors.

Taking Towering Moon to win at 3-1 or greater, boxing the exacta with logical dropdown Spa City Fever (3-1) and Beyond Empire (7-2) from the live McLaughlin shed; adding price shot Onecat's Chance (12-1) to the super-exotics mix.

Number of Selections since 2007: 1768

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 532-336

Amount Wagered: $3,536 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,638.00

Profit to Date: $102.00

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