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, October 08, 2009


Conditions Smiling Down on Stormy Relations


Today’s Belmont Park feature is an overnight stakes, the Memories of Silver, for fillies and mares, 3 & up, sprinting six furlongs on turf. As is the case with most turf sprints, this one’s very competitive.

Issues that need resolving are whether Lindelaan (7-2) can turn back into a sprint effectively (guessing yes) whether fast Tar Heel Mom (5-1) can handle turf in her aggressively spotted grass debut (rather not guess) and whether the Rice uncoupled trio is a bit over the top (seems likely).

In any case, we’re not taking a short price here and find Stormy Relations (10-1) very interesting. She has conditioning turning back from routes, was unlucky when beaten under these conditions here in the summer, handles any ground and picks up underrated turf ace Jose Lezcano. Further, David Donk can’t be any hotter and there appears to be sufficient pace to help her late running talent.

Taking Stormy Relations to win at 8-1 or greater and keying her in exactas with Lindelaan and Meriwether Jessica (5-1).

Running Totals: (518) 155-106-73 Total Dollar Return: $1,043.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci



 
 

Wednesday, October 07, 2009


Barbara to Keep Roll Going in Belmont Feature


The New York race week begins with a preliminary allowances going a mile and a sixteenth on the main track expected to be wet. While gooey going does move Stevil (5-2) up, he’s not necessarily one-dimensional.

But it looks as if the fates will be kind. It’s highly probable that Wednesday’s track will be wet, he’s a late developing 4-year-old gelding who’s put his game together this summer.

His lifetime best performance figure came last out off the Bob Barbara claim, who’s doing very well at the young meet, Jose Lezcano on the re-ride looking for his third straight score aboard this middle distance specialist who owns enough early speed to place him forwardly here. The issue is a regression as his last was a big top. As a late developer, he also can continue to go well, making this a tricky call.

Taking Stevil to win at 2-1 or greater, keying him first and second in exotics with super sharp Success Fee (5-1), and Luv Gov (7-2) who’s well suited by minor turn-back in return to his optimal distance and with a switch to Rajiv Maragh.

Running Totals: (517) 154-106-73 Total Dollar Return: $1,040.00 [win selections only]




Written by John Pricci



 
 

Sunday, October 04, 2009


Blinkers Will Help Court Vision Find Winners’ Circle





Today’s featured Kelso at one mile on what surely will be soft turf features Court Vision (4-5) turning back to a mile while adding blinkers. He’s won with blinkers before, but he’s never gone postward for Rick Dutrow before. He’s a deep closer on soft ground, but he’s also a Grade 1 performer against lesser.

Taking Court Vision to win, no price restrictions, and a cold exacta with Yield Bogey (8-1) from the suddenly white hot Pat Kelly barn.

Running Totals: (517) 154-106-73 Total Dollar Return: $1,040.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci



 
 

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