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.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Is Lexie the One?

Today’s Gulfstream feature is yet another competitive five furlong turf sprint for preliminary allowances fillies and mares. And once again, it affords an opportunity to connect with a price shot.

Lexie G.’s (15-1) best race in career came under similar conditions on this course last season. As you might expect given the conditions, there is no shortage of early speed in this lineup.

Tactically, that benefits our filly who can stalk from close range or rally from the rear. In that context, her outside draw should help as the rider can play it off the break. And their hardly has been a liver team right now that trainer Clement and Joe Bravo.

Taking Lexie G. to win at 8-1 or greater and keying her in the multiples first and second with Indulgence (4-1), second of the layup for Marty Wolfson, the competitive figure earner Crimson Glory (6-1), working quickly for Wesley Ward, and the very quick Indian Wife (8-1), making her first start since claimed by Julio Cartegena, a profitable 29 percent in that role.

Running Totals: (816) 258-169-113 Total Dollar Return: $1,787.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, February 24, 2011

I Must Be Trippin’

Yet another turf feature at Gulfstream, this a classified allowances-optional claimer for fillies and mares sprinting five furlongs. Two are especially interesting; Bella Moneta (7-2), back in the barn of 40% Canani, and Trippi’s Sailor (12-1), looking to rebound from a recent off-the-turfer after earning a career best figure.

Not only is the latter among the fastest on the performance figure scale, won her only start on this turf course, and a three-time winner at the distance. More than enough recovery time has passed since her career-best figure. Trainer Peter Gulyas is batting 25% at the meet and the switch to Javier Castellano also rings positive.

Taking Trippi’s Sailor to win at 6-1 or greater and exacta boxes with Bella Moneta and price shot Myakka (12-1)..

Running Totals: (815) 258-169-113 Total Dollar Return: $1,787.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Mining for Gold

Today’s Gulfstream feature, showing allowance fillies and mares going a mile and a sixteenth on the turf course, presents a rare opportunity; backing a horse that has a bit more than a puncher’s chance to score at a big price.

At least, that’s the promise with Miner’s Tune, rated at 20-1 on the early line.

Her record is modest, hence the odds, but her only win came for this trainer on this course and at this distance. Further, her two best performance figures were earned on this course, the other at this distance.

The only unknown is the rider as Paco Lopez is named. Oh how I wish, but he’ll be out some time with a broken elbow suffered in the horrific spill that resulted in Eibar Coa fracturing his C-4 vertebrae.

Taking Miner’s Tune to win at 15-1 or greater and keying her in all money positions with Cosset (6-1), Suroof (7-2) and Blue Angel (4-1).

Running Totals: (814) 258-169-113 Total Dollar Return: $1,787.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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