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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Sunday, March 06, 2011


You Can Only Hope to Contain the Pletcher Juggernaut


Today’s Gulfstream feature, the Lady’s Turf Sprint, marks the return of Rose Catherine (9-5) and I’m not feeling smart enough to beat her.

Training up a storm at Palm Meadows and good fresh, the Todd Pletcher barn has been devastating with its returnees, and this filly, given her demonstrated class and added maturity from three to four.

The filly has tactical stalking speed or speed-pop; Javier Castellano playing this one off the break. Still, I wouldn’t take an inordinately short price.

Taking Rose Catherine to win and, to optimize, keying her in exactas with Stormy Publisher (4-1) and Ahvee’s Destiny (8-1).

Running Totals: (823) 260-171-113 Total Dollar Return: $1,819.70 [win selections only]

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Saturday, March 05, 2011


Never Retreat is Sage Advice


The trick to these Grade 3 for not a whole lot of money is to determine who’s really serious and who’s just getting started on the road to bigger and better things. Sometimes it’s simply finding the right spot, or distance, or jockey switch.

If this sounds like I’m leaning toward Never Retreat (5-1), you would be correct. This mare just keeps running at you and with the conditioning she’s gained from recent longer trips, the turn-back to a mile suits very nicely, as does the switch to Julien Leparoux, he of the well timed late turf run.

Taking Never Retreat to win at 4-1 or greater and keying her first and second with price shot Sweetest Still (20-1), the classy Cherokee Queen (7-2) and competitive-figure Bay To Bay (10-1).

Running Totals: (822) 259-171-113 Total Dollar Return: $1,811.70 [win selections only]

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Thursday, March 03, 2011


Hot Is as Hot Does


There’s little doubt that no matter what figures you might consult, the best of those on a consistent basis is Cheyenne Nation (5-2), making his return fro Chad Brown who already has saddled two winners shipping in from Belmont Park. The issues are that he’s coming in off a layup and has run his best races at marathon turf distances.

The interest horse here is from the Clement/Bravo team, Mr. Ryder, that seems a big price here at 6-1 on the early line. Not as fast as these, his line looks healthy, he’s been working well at his Payson base and his pedigree is screaming for today’s added distance. aqnd if there's a hotter turf team than these two, please tell me who they are.

His tactical speed and inside draw should put him in this throughout. His late kick should take care of the rest.

Taking Mr. Ryder to win at 9-2 or greater, an exacta box with Cheyenne Nation, adding Slews Answer (4-1) and Longboarder (3-1) to the exotic mix..

Running Totals: (821) 258-171-113 Total Dollar Return: $1,787.90 [win selections only]

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