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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Friday, October 23, 2009


Potential Over Proven Performance


Today’s feature for fillies and mares three-year-olds and up at a mile and a sixteenth at Belmont Park, the overnight Real Prize Stakes, feature two accomplished fillies in this small group: Bon Jovi Girl (6-5) and Don’t Forget Girl (2-1). But there’s an interesting filly on the come.

Her name is Unrivaled Belle (3-1). She obviously talented, fast enough to compete on performance figures with these given continued improvement and should be able to dictate the early tempo.

Coming off a seven furlong sprint win over the track, she gets Eddie Castro to re-ride after broken her maiden going long in the Garden State two back.

Taking Unrivaled Belle to win at 3-1 or greater, keying her first and second in trifectas with her rivals here.

Running Totals: (526) 157-106-76 Total Dollar Return: $1,100.30 [win selections only]


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Thursday, October 22, 2009


Proudinsky Stands Tallest


Need to be frank here regarding today’s rescheduled Grade 3 Knickerbocker Stakes. Actually, two things: I remember when this race was a handicap, and today's favorite looks so imposing I don’t think I can beat him and won’t even try.

It’s not so much that he sticks out on class as a graded stakes winner, that he’s been competitive at the G1 level or that the Frankel barn is 4-for-10 at the current meet. Or even that he’s fastest on performance figures by a significant margin.

Rather, it’s the fact that his best efforts and four of his victories have come at today's nine furlong distance, which looks like the key to success in this race.

Contrarians can point to his 0-for-3 record on this course but two of those defeats came at the G1 level. Fresh, he should show his tactical speed, establish good position from the pole, and wait until Javier Castellano gives him his cue.

Taking Proudinsky (9-5) to win, no price restrictions, keying him two ways in exotics with Operation Red Dawn, Brave Tin Soldier and Danak.

Running Totals: (526) 157-106-76 Total Dollar Return: $1,100.30 [win selections only]





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Wednesday, October 21, 2009


It’s Not HBO, It’s Cable


Today’s Belmont Park feature is the re-scheduled Grade 3 Athenia for fillies and mares three-year-olds and up going 1-1/16th miles on the Belmont inner turf.

Of course, we can make cases for several. Sunshine For Life (6-1) is fresh, training well, picks up Johnny V. and is clearly the controlling speed. But does last year’s winner of this race want cut in the ground? That’s what she’ll get today.

Belle Allure (6-5) is racing in top form fro Christophe Clement, is well suited to the competition and gets Dominguez, but I can understand what makes her worthy of such a short early line price. We wish her well.

It’s uncoupled stablemate Cable (6-1) who is a lot more interesting. After the lightly raced filly earned a lifetime best figure under these conditions two back, she had a tougher trip around two turns in her last under the lights at The Meadowlands.

Both lifetime wins came at today’s trip and she’s never been worse than second in two starts over the local ground, including a win. At early line odds, she represents significant value.

Taking Cable to win at 4-1 or greater and keying her first and second in exotics with her rivals here.

Running Totals: (525) 157-106-75 Total Dollar Return: $1,100.30 [win selections only]

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