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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Thursday, March 03, 2011

Moonshine Mullin a blast from the past

Today’s Gulfstream feature is one of those preliminary allowances on the turf for three year olds that lesser tracks would like to offer for added money. It’s a skull buster, as most of these have been for the entire meet. One winner in one of these can make up for a multitude of sins.

We left seven horses open as possibilities with two strong favorites; Powhatan County (3-1), second to Soldat in the With Anticipation at Saratoga and from a good layup barn, and Animal Kingdom (4-1) who earned an excellent synthetic track figure and now makes grass debut for turf ace Graham Motion, firing on all cylinders.

But the interesting colt for us is Moonshine Mullin (12-1), who had nothing but trouble is his GP debut. Off a Turf Decline Line, with an good figure effort behind Tiz Blessed in the Display at Woodbine at 2, this appears an excellent wakeup opportunity.

The Baker Reade barn has been quiet at this meet but with a race over the course, a sharp recent work at Palm Meadows and a switch to Canadian colleague Emma Jane Wilson. Bombs away.

Taking Moonshine Mullin to win at 10-1 or greater and keying him first and second in exactas with the favorites above.

Running Totals: (819) 258-171-113 Total Dollar Return: $1,787.90 [win selections only] Wednesday results not included}

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Seeking the Gold

Today’s Gulfstream feature, according to class level, is the fifth race, a starter allowances for older horses going 1-1/16th miles on the grass.

We don’t usually look to back the old pros but Monashee Gold (12-1) is just too tempting. A distance specialist, he’s won four of eight starts at this trip and is 1-for-3 over this ground.

The most intriguing part, however, is that his best performance figure came on this course in the past.

The eight year old gelding is making his second start off a layup, his first in which he raced evenly behind today’s favorite, the worthy Paster’s Bad Habit (3-1). With sufficient speed signed on and with some improvement, the Dale Romans charge has price shot possibilities.

Taking Monashee Gold to win at 10-1 or greater, an exacta box with the favorite, and adding Lighthouse Sound (4-1) and Seeyouinthecity (6-1) to the exotic mix.

Running Totals: (819) 258-171-113 Total Dollar Return: $1,787.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, February 26, 2011

Zifzaf I Was Takin’ a Bath

Today’s Gulfstream feature is a real challenge. The Grade 3 Canadian Turf Handicap features a lot of quality horses returning from lay-ups, and therein lies the problem.

So let’s keep it simple and take one of those, Zifzaf (4-1), who’s both fast and talented.

And the five year old gelding is training up a storm at Payson Park, has excellent performance figures, classy lines and has done some of his best running at today’s distance.

Owning tactical speed and an inside draw, Javier Castellano can place him where he wants as he can stalk or finish from behind.

Taking Zifzaf to win at 3-1 or greater and keying him first and second in the exotics with Society’s Chairman (6-1), Nicanor (8-1), Twilight Meteor (8-1), Yankee Fourtune (3-1) and Rogue Victory (8-1).

Running Totals: (818) 258-171-113 Total Dollar Return: $1,787.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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