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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Sunday, December 20, 2009


Good And Lucky a Winning Parlay


We’ll stay at Fair Grounds for the weekending feature, the Tenacious, and overnight handicap for 3-year-olds and up at a mile and a sixteenth.

The race marks the return of early favorite Secret Getaway (5-2), who in the past has been highly competitive in graded stakes company. But his four year old season has been disappointing and in his return from a lengthy layup figures to have his early speed tested.

Good And Lucky (7-2), meanwhile, is a viable alternative. His last was very sharp here and it was fast, too. The thing about this veteran is that he can put two good races together, as demonstrated in the past, is a five time winner over this track and owns two wins at the distance. Shane Sellers, back riding in top form, figures to get his second straight win on this gelding who fit’s the race shape nicely here.

Taking Good And Lucky to win at 5-2 or greater and an exacta box with sharp working King Dan (6-1), going turf to dirt for Dallas Keen and James Graham.

Running Totals: (563) 176-112-78 Total Dollar Return: $1,214.40 [win selections only]


Written by John Pricci



 
 

Saturday, December 19, 2009


That’s the Spirit


There’s a chance to bet the favorite in today’s Louisiana Champions Day Turf Stakes at the Fair Grounds, rescheduled following last week’s program cancellation due to unsafe track conditions.

The post time favorite is likely to be early line choice Desert Wheat (2-1), the horse for course specialist trained by Bill Mott. But we’re not looking to take a short price from an outside post on grass.

Lee’s Spirit (8-1) will offer good value. He’s earned competitive figures on this course, handles any footing, hails from a barn adept with non-graded stakes starters and appears set for his best in his second start following a layup with a positive ROI in that role. He owns versatile style and is ridden by his regular partner.

Taking Lee’s Spirit to win and place at 7-1 or greater.

Running Totals: (562) 176-112-78 Total Dollar Return: $1,214.40 [win selections only]

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Friday, December 18, 2009


Rosie Just Loves the Calder Turf


Today’s feature race exercise takes us to Calder for the ninth race, a turf allowances for fillies and mares at a mile and a sixteenth.

Need to know that if Candle Maker (8-5) draws in from the also-eligible list, everyone else is probably running for second money.

That said, the rest of this two-turner opens up very nicely and there are a number of horses that project to move forward in the group.

Halfbetterthannone (6-1) had been a gem of consistency at Monmouth Park where she earned good figures with regularity. The fact that trainer DiMauro is batting almost 25 percent the last few months doesn’t hurt. Neither does the presence of Rajiv Maragh.

Dream With Us (8-1) is a nicely developing four-year-old which might break through to a new level. Trainer Collazo’s been going well of late and Eibar Coa is accepting the call. Blue Hill Bay (5-2) is shipping down from New York for a turf campaign. Scotty Everett has a nice hand with his turf runners and local sensation Luis Saez takes the ride.

But it’s the three-year-old Rosie’s Princess (3-1) that has the most upside of those that have already drawn in. Nicely positioned in mid-pack, Jose Pinchin has been on a roll the last three months (24%), as has the filly who’s seeking her third straight over the course. The Calder lover, 50 days fresh, owns three wins over this ground and has never been off the board in five starts.

Taking Rosie’s Princess to win at 3-1 or greater and keying her first and second in the multiples with all fillies listed above. Further, an extra exacta box should Candle Maker draw in and we’ll also add fast working Black Russian (5-1) to our trifecta mix.

Running Totals: (562) 176-112-78 Total Dollar Return: $1,214.40 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci



 
 

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