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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.



Friday, April 18, 2014


Fleet Fleet First to Finish First in Big A feature


Shifting the scene to the Big A where the preliminary allowances feature for state-breds 3 & up going a flat mile looks loaded with possibility that you will be rewarded wherever you land. I left five of these New Yorkers open but ultimately must settle on Fleet First.

In a race where the contestants have had many chances in this condition, Fleet First will try to parlay his smart maiden win into two straight in only his third lifetime start.

After getting a run in his debut, the money showed when blinkers were added and the George Weaver gelded 3YO responded with a 3-1/2 length going-away score. Coming back to work sharply since, he owns enough tactical speed and kick to get this done with today's favorable race dynamics.

Taking Fleet First (8-1) to win with no price restrictions, and key-boxing him first and second with Frost Jordan (8-1) for barn that's a profitable 38% after adding blinkers, Wise Guide (20-1), a willing third over surface and distance and returns for barn 25% profitable first off the claim, and Chrisandlorisposse (3-1), returning to the main track for live Jimmy Jerkens shed.


Number of Selections since May, 2007: 1510

Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 462-288-232

Amount Wagered: $3,020 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,143.40

Profit to Date: $123.40

Written by John Pricci

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Thursday, April 17, 2014


Keeneland’s Jessamine Loaded with Turf Talent


Today's Keeneland feature is a beauty, the G3 Appalachian for three year old fillies on the turf going a mile. It has attracted a serious bunch of serious fillies.

There's Zinzay, runnerup in the G3 Jessamine over the course last fall, and her conqueror, Kitten Kaboodle, who appeared in need of her season's debut at Tampa last month.

There's the imported Lacarolina, a winner of 4 for 7 in France and Sweet Acclaim, each making their U.S. debuts with first-Lasix, and undefeated Daring Dancer for Graham Motion, just to name a few major contenders.

But check out the replay of Recepta's juvenile finale at Belmont Park in which she came from far back with a wide rally to win the Chelsea Flower Stakes going away in her first start on grass. The Phillips family knows how to breed this kind and Jimmy Toner knows how to get them ready.

Taking Recepta to win, no price restrictions, and key-boxing exactas first and second with Daring Dancer and Kitten Caboodle.


Number of Selections since May, 2007: 1509

Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 462-288-231

Amount Wagered: $3,018 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,143.40

Profit to Date: $125.40

Written by John Pricci

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Kalamos Ready for Keeneland Breakthrough


Today's KEE feature is an N3X/N4L allowances for older turf runners going a mile and a sixteenth. Each solid contender, including the favorite, have their own issues and unwilling to take a short price on a horse whose connections make it likely to be over-bet..

However, when last seen in action at Gulfstream, Kalamos (7-2) was doing his best to rally up the inside for the score in a rapidly run 1-1/16 miles, same trip as today's, over very firm ground. And even if he made the lead, it would have been difficult to thwart the hard-hitting, albeit unlucky, Sky Blazer when he comes rolling late.

With the switch to an outer position, the promise of a realistic pace, a change of venue and proper spacing, it's amends time for the Mott trainee.

Taking Kalamos to win at 5-2 or greater and key-boxing first and second in exactas with classy returnee Villandry (2-1) and the well drawn pace presence Cup of Joy (30-1), reuniting with winning rider Jon Court.


Number of Selections since May, 2007: 1508

Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 462-287-231

Amount Wagered: $3,016 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,143.40

Profit to Date: $127.40

Written by John Pricci

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