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.



Friday, August 01, 2014


The Best Things in Saratoga Are Free


Today's feature at 5-1/2 furlongs on the turf is a beauty, the Caress Stakes for sprinting fillies and mares. On paper, the three highweights are the ones to beat and, of those, it's Free As a Bird who catches the eye most.

Yes, Madame Giry (7-2) does have those three course wins and Jewel of the Cat won the Coronation Cup (8-1) here last year under today's conditions but Free As a Bird has really come to hand at 5. She has brilliant speed if necessary, big kick when she wants, has a (3) 2-1-0 slate beneath Rosario, and inside draw and a string of bullet works for her Spa return. In short, all the weapons.

Taking Free As a Bird (5-2) to win, at early line odds or greater, and key-boxing her first and second in exactas with her rivals here.

Number of Selections since 2007: 1577

Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 480-306-242

Amount Wagered: $3,156 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,245.10

Profit to Date: $89.10

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Thursday, July 31, 2014


It’s Awesome Baby


New York breds take center stage as the featured race on the flat today is the Evan Shipman at 9 furlongs. It's a field of 8 with a nice blend of speed, mid-range types and late runners.

And did I mention a distance specialist who likes the course?

That would be Awesome Vision (4-1), who's compiled a worthy (4) 2-1-0 slate at this trip and is (2) 1-1-0 at the Spa. Add the fact that trainer Albertrani is 22% profitable in LAY-3 scenarios and the veteran comes up to his preferred distance perfectly off graduating distances and you have a reasonable formula for pari-mutuel success.

Taking Awesome Again to win, no price restrictions, and keying him first and second in multiples with the razor sharp Big Business (9-5), and Escapefromreality (3-1), who had his prep, like the Spa and should be ready to roll here..

Number of Selections since 2007: 1577

Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 480-306-243

Amount Wagered: $3,156 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,245.10

Profit to Date: $89.10

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014


Live Barn; Live Euro


Today's Spa feature is an interesting one; the 5-1/2 furlong Coronation Cup for 3YO fillies on the turf.

As you might expect, there is no shortage of speed, given the conditions, but there are some fast fillies making their turf debuts vs. salty rivals, never an enviable chore. So we'll take one with turf experience, even if it never has run here.

Stars Above Me (5-1) is making her U.S. debut for Graham Motion. Her five lifetime starts have come on grass but her early speed works against her there but is a plus here. Adding first Lasix and the trainer change, both profitable scenarios, also augurs well.

Taking Stars Above Me at 3-1 or greater and an exacta box with Ruslana (12-1), Paco Lopez in for the mount from Wesley Ward, and distance specialist Recoupe (7-2).

Number of Selections since 2007: 1576

Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 479-306-243

Amount Wagered: $3,154 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,238.60

Profit to Date: $84.60

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