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.



Wednesday, March 17, 2010


Jonesing for Another Winner


We’ll turn out attention to New York today where the third race allowance feature has drawn a small field of relatively evenly match three-year-olds going a mile and 70 yards.

It’s easy to understand why the linemaker made Dixie Nite Out (2-1) the favorite. Coming off a top figure win in his two-turn debut last out, he has tactical speed, the pole position and, given the conditions, an edge as the only two-time winner in the field. In fact, he’s 2-for-2 since adding blinkers.

But there were two issues with his last race. The top figure score was earned on a sealed sloppy track and it was a huge double-top on pace and final figures and he returns on relatively short rest. This leaves him vulnerable to the second choice, Propeller Jones (5-2).

Not only did he earn competitive figures in his last two starts but in his latest, his winter track debut after breaking maiden at Gulfstream, he showed a lot of determination after being supplanted for the lead to hold on very gamely on the rail in a three-horse battle.

The two differences today are a switch to an outside post in the short field and a pedigree that’s screaming for today’s added distance. David Cohen has ridden nine winners for the Pletcher barn this winter and was the hottest rider in New York last week.

Taking Propeller Jones to win at 9-5 or greater and an exacta box with ‘Dixie’.

Running Totals: (612) 190-125-85 Total Dollar Return: $1,318.70 [win selections only]

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010


Table Set for Betty’s Halo at Philly Park


Today’s feature at Philadelphia Park, a highly contentious allowance sprint for older fillies and mares at 6-½ furlongs has a bit of everything, pace, mid-movers and late runners.

Most significantly, though, a beatable favorite in Indian Delight (5-2), who gets a major switch to Kendrick Carmouche but with too many seconds and thirds on her card for our taste.

He figures to be in the mix early, however, along with three other speed types that figure to occupy themselves early. The one who figures to benefit the most is Betty’s Halo (5-1), who has done her best recent racing beneath veteran Tony Black.

Her last was a top figure effort but trainer Preciado has a fine record with repeaters, her style and wide draw fit’s the race shape snugly and she’s come back with two soft yet purposeful works for her return.

Taking Betty’s Halo to win at 4-1 or greater and key-boxing her first and second in exactas with Feverish Flight (7-2) and Spanish Luck (9-2).

Running Totals: (611) 189-125-85 Total Dollar Return: $1,309.90 [win selections only]

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Saturday, March 13, 2010


I Have a Dream Today


In today’s Tampa Bay Derby, taking Schoolyard Dreams to win at 4-1 or greater, and key-boxing him in the exacta with Super Saver and Odysseus. LATE ADDITION: Adding Uptowncharlybrown to a trifecta mix, using 'Schoolyard' in all three positions.

Running Totals: (610) 189-124-85 Total Dollar Return: $1,309.90 [win selections only]

For a complete analysis of today’s Grade 3, see Pricci’s Morning Line Blog on the HRI lead page

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