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, August 30, 2014


Second Verse Same As the First


Plenty of stakes action on the final Saturday of Saratoga 145 but none more significant than the G1 Woodward--even with the return of Horse of the Year Wise Dan following colic surgery in the G2 Baruch.

Try as I might, I couldn't honestly beat favorite Moreno (2-1), even if his Whitney runner-up, Itsmyluckyday (5-2), is adding blinkers and draws the pole.

But it's hard to envision where Whitney winner Moreno won't control the pace once again, putting his rivals in a damned-of-you-do-and-if-you-don't scenario. Further, he reaffirmed his affinity for this surface in the Whitney and returned to work brilliantly last weekend for this.

Taking Moreno to win, no price restrictions, an exacta key-box first and second with Itsmyluckyday and the freshened Zivo (5-1), and adding surface lover Micromanage (8-1) and the newly blinkered Norumbega (10-1) to the super-exotics mix.

Number of Selections since 2007: 1603

Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 486-310-247

Amount Wagered: $3,206 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,289.20

Profit to Date: $83.20



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Friday, August 29, 2014


Granny Keeps Chad Rolling


Today's Spa feature is the Riskaverse for distaffers going a mile on the turf and another interesting puzzle. But we'll play the percentages, take a filly that can kick late in a race that should have some pace and from a barn that's heating up at the end of the meet.

Further, Granny MC's Kitten (9-5) is making her second start off a layup, a scenario that has produced two victories in an many starts for a barn that has a 29% strike rate with its potential repeaters.

Taking Granny MC's Kitten to win, no price restrictions, and key-boxing exactas first and second with very consistent Miss Frost (3-1) and potential value play, Latique (8-1), adding price shot Old Harbor (12-1) to the super-exotics mix.

Number of Selections since 2007: 1602

Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 486-310-246

Amount Wagered: $3,204 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,289.20

Profit to Date: $85.20

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Thursday, August 28, 2014


A Star Is Born


Today's Saratoga feature is the Grade 2 With Anticipation for juvenile males going long and it's a beauty with potential on display everywhere. We're calling for a small upset, using Mike Maker's International Star (7-2).

While the Pletcher-trained Designed for War (5-2) was impressive winning two-turn and racing debut on this course recently, 'Star' has the benefit of more time between starts, two races worth of experience and a pedigree that screams two turns after making an impressive sprint debut at Belmont Park in late June. Rosie's quiet hands can help in this spot.

Taking International Star to win at 3-1 or greater, an exacta box with the favorite and impressive turf-debut winner Startup Nation (5-1), adding price shot ship-in Nutty Futty (10-1) to the super-exotics mix.

Number of Selections since 2007: 1601

Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 486-309-246

Amount Wagered: $3,202 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,289.20

Profit to Date: $87.20

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