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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Tuesday, January 04, 2011


Sweet Harissa


The only stakes of the day is being run at Parx, the Sleigh Ride, the older fillies and mares going a mile and 70 yards.

The bad news is that the favorite, Harissa (2-1), likely lower at post time, will be a tough out. The good news is that the likely strong second favorite, Jemilyn (7-2), may be vulnerable.

Harissa has company lines, strong recent performance figures, is working well for her return from a freshening by a good come-back outfit that does well with its shippers, especially in non-graded stakes.

As a 4-year-old, she also owns a strong development again. With tactical speed, kick and an inside draw, we’re not sure how any of these fillies can stop her.

Taking Harissa to win, no price restrictions, and keying her first and second in the multiples with Diva’s Gold (12-1), slower but with a forward looking pattern, and ask The Moon (8-1), the likely trip sitter from the pole.

Running Totals: (784) 252-162-107 Total Dollar Return: $1,752.20 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci



 
 

Saturday, January 01, 2011


Get the Dough with Beau


If I wanted to be mean, and a baby, I would have capped the Interborough, the more important of the two features to usher in 2011. Then I figured 1-5 on the Hushion filly just wouldn’t be sporting.

And since we ended 2010 on a winning note, albeit a small one, would decided to tip-toe into the deep end.

In a very competitive Champagneforashley Stakes for newly turned three year old state-breds, it appears that Beau De Beaupre (9-2) has all the right tools to deal with his rivals.

Owning tactical speed, he can kick, too, and that will come in handy from good mid-post position which will enable him to handle the pace now matter how the shape of this develops.

Experienced, improved since adding blinkers and developing nicely, the rest will be up to Cornelio Velasquez.

Taking Beau De Beaupre to win at early odds of 9-2 or greater and keying him first and second in exactas and trifectas with the speedy, well drawn Eminent Tale (7-2), the good working Preachintothedevil (5-1) and price shot Decesion Point (12-1).

Running Totals: (783) 252-162-107 Total Dollar Return: $1,752.20 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci



 
 

Friday, December 31, 2010


Icabad Crane Taken to Regain Legendary Status


Today’s Big A feature, the Alex M Robb for older state-breds going two turns on the winter track, will mercifully bring this season to a close for the New York Racing Assn. It is hoped their fortunes change with the turning of the page.

The crowd will have no reason to go overboard on Icabad Crane (2-1) and we’re hoping that’s the case. He’s not the only one here who likes this surface, benefits from what promises to be an honest pace, at least, and does have many seconds and third on his card, perhaps chasing the wise guys away.

After altering course, he did come rolling up into the frame a a shorter distance last out, just missing, and should benefit from today’s slightly longer route. Rajiv Maragh just seems to get along with this guy so well.

Taking Icabad Crane to win at no lower than early line odds, and keying him first and second in the multiples with sharp, well positioned recent conqueror Ruffino at an inflated early line of 10-1, and Giant Moon (6-1), an inner lover and purposeful recent worker who will benefit from a stretch to his optimal distance and the switch to Ramon.

Running Totals: (782) 251-162-107 Total Dollar Return: $1,747.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci



 
 

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