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, May 09, 2009


Say Hello to My Little Chestnut Friend


In an apparent accommodation to the way horses are trained in this era, the NYRA wisely moved the Peter Pan to a complete four weeks before the Belmont Stakes. It figured to be a good move not only for aspiring third-leg classicists but for talented late developers wishing to go a distance of ground around one turn all at the same time. Mission accomplished.

While Imperial Council (2-1) clearly is a better horse than he showed in the Wood Memorial and Charitable Man (3-1) clearly is a better horse he showed in his season’s debut at Keeneland neither are a bargain--especially the former--under these circumstance and at early line odds. Hello Broadway (5-2) is unavoidable in this spot.

Showing ability at 2, Barclay Tagg trainee made his season’s debut with an excellent placing in the G2 Hutcheson behind seven furlong specialist Capt. Candyman Can, he wasn’t ready to go two turns off one sprint over the more demanding Tampa surface in the Tampa Derby and raced liked it.

But now with two under his belt and switching to Garrett Gomez, he won a preliminary allowances on the lead going two turns at Keeneland, not an easy go. Since, he’s had two stamina enforcing works, returns to familiar surroundings--he was eliminated at the break in the G1 Champagne at 2--and retains Gomez. The stars are aligned, although you won’t get rich.

Taking Hello Broadway to win at 2-1 or greater.

Running Totals: (420) 128-87-55 Total Dollar Return: $872.80 [win selections only]

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Friday, May 08, 2009


If the Weatherman Cooperates…


Interesting feature at Pimlico today, a 5-furlong turf sprint classified allowances that obviously must remain on the grass for this exercise to matter.

The horses that figure to attract the most attention at the windows are the classy, if often infirm, Street Magician, from the excellent layup barn of Michael Trombetta, and Disco Dandy, twice a winner under these conditions, and 1-for-1 at Pimlico.

But the most interesting, however, is Lycurgus, an older hard-hitting gelding who has done his best work in turf sprints.

The six-year-old gelding makes his second start off a layoff but, more significantly, his second off owner Michael Gill’s claim by trainer Christopher Grove, who happens to be a profitable 27 percent efficient with horses making their second start off a claim.

And that first start appeared to be for practice--6 furlongs on the dirt--considering his 3-for-11 at this distance on turf (5-for-34 doing anything else), and was second in as many starts on the Pimlico turf.

Jockey J D Acosta, on the re-ride here, fits this horse’s mid-pack closing style perfectly.

Taking Lycurgus to win at 3-1 or greater, boxing him in exactas with his two rivals here.

Running Totals: (420) 128-87-55 Total Dollar Return: $872.80 [win selections only]

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Thursday, May 07, 2009


Delosvientos Taking Advantage of What Belmont Park Offers Best


Under previous racing secretary’s, the NYRA never took full advantage of Belmont’s unique mile and a half surface. I know, I know, the races wouldn’t fill.

But today’s feature race, the Nasty N Bold did, and guess what? It attracted a nice group of horses.

The most accomplished marathoner is, of course, Delosvientos (7-5), and will be a very tough out. Now only is he 4-for-4 in such marathons and 2-for-2 over the track but he’s versatile, and his early speed in marathons is distinctly pro-profile for this track.

Trainer Giuseppe Iadisernia has done a marvelous job keeping the six-year-old in peak form and jockey Kendry Castillo rides him like he owns him.

Worthy exotics inclusions are Atoned (4-1), Eldaafer (12-1) and Alcamo (3-1).

Atoned is a graded stakes winner bred for distance and a wet track, if that’s the case, and goes for the Pletcher-Velazquez team with a recent bullet work in his PPs.

Eldaafer has turned out to be an excellent claim for John Toscano. He’s won two of three starts since haltered, is an A.P. Indy 4-year-old gelding possessing upside, and goes for his second start under Jorge Chavez.

Alcomo look like the most obvious threat to the favorite. He’s a win machine with a 7-for-17 slate, was a good second in his U.S. debut at Hawthorne after a long layup, and won going long in his native Brazil under staggering imposts.

Note that trainer Eduardo Caramori has been one of the most effective and underrated trainers in the game who must be respected whenever and wherever he shows up.

Taking Delosvientos to win, no price restrictions, an exacta box with Alcomo, and keying him first and second in trifectas with his rivals mentioned above.

Running Totals: (419) 128-87-55 Total Dollar Return: $872.80 [win selections only] (Wednesday’s results not included)

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