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, July 02, 2011

Main Speed Capable of Suburban Upset

Today’s Grade 2 Suburban apparently is a handicap in name only. Six horses ALL carry 115 pounds; what a coincidence.

Anyway, the two favorites, Rodman (8-5) and Hymn Book (5-2) are coming off big efforts. Of the two, I would prefer Hymn Book to regress a little less.

The value in here appears to be Colizeo (5-1), who might shake free under an aggressive Cornelio Velasquez, as the Pletcher trainee loses Johnny to Shug’s well positioned Hymn Book. Unlike the favorites, Colizeo looks poised for a forward move on the stretchout to a more favorable distance.

Taking Colizeo to win at 7-2 or greater and keying him first and second in multiples with Hymn Book and oft-disappointing Convocation (6-1) who’s been pointed to this spot and picks up Dominguez.

Running Totals: (883) 278-180-120 Total Dollar Return: $1,924.00 [win selections only] {Friday results not included}

Written by John Pricci


Friday, July 01, 2011

Celluloid Heroes Never Really Die

Until it’s made official, why not try to turn this race, the Sky Beauty, into a graded event one day. Just a thought.

Of the two fillies dropping out of he Grade 2 Shuvee won by the 4-for-4 4-year-old Awesome Maria, we prefer R Betty Graybull (5-2) to likely favorite Happy Week (3-1), even if the early line is a counter-indicator.

Scratched from a tougher stakes event recently awaiting this, “Betty” has a history of good race-bad race. Today she’s in line to throw a good one over her favorite surface where she’s won three of nine starts in five exacta finishes.

She comes from a live race and barn that owns a 3-for-6 slate in non-graded stakes. Nicely drawn toward the outside in this small competitive field, she’ll come running late beneath Eddie Castro who’s taking a return call here.

Taking R Betty Graybull to win at early line odds or better and keying her in multiples with Happy Week, Satans Quick Chick (7-2) who usually runs well going from synthetics to dirt, and the improved Distorted Legacy (5-1), a much improved winner over weaker in her recent Belmont Park debut.

Running Totals: (883) 278-180-120 Total Dollar Return: $1,924.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, June 30, 2011

Sleeping Beauty Lives!

Today’s feature, a secondary allowances optional claiming for fillies and mares going a mile on the Widener turf course, appears long on early speed but with horses in varying stages of development, making this a difficult read and virtually impossible to take a short price on whichever filly you fancy.

We’ll reach out for Awakened Beauty (6-1) who’s won both her turf starts at Belmont, has been versatile in both wins, is bred for distance on dam’s side and attracts Castellano, 5-for-11 through Wednesday when riding for Bruce Brown, himself a career flat-bet profit with first-time runners going long.

The filly is not as fast as her rivals here, but she’s never has taken a backward step on the Equiform scale in three grass starts.

Taking Awakened Beauty to win at 4-1 or greater and boxing her in the exacta with the speedy Bailzee (8-1) breaking from the pole position and dropping from a restricted stakes.

Running Totals: (883) 278-180-120 Total Dollar Return: $1,924.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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