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.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Come to Daddy

Today’s feature at Philly Park--are you ready, Wendell?--is a $40,000 starter allowances for three year old males going a mile. The race only drew five entrants but perhaps a decent chance to get paid with Maryland-based Daddy’s Gabs (9-2).

Eddie Gaudet has an excellent record shipping up to Pha. Park and is adept with first-time stretch-outs.

Three year old gelding had a wide trip sprinting and closed a gap late; now winds up here off 15 days rest with the longest pedigree in the race while fitting very nicely at this level.

Taking Daddy’s Gabs to win at 3-1 or greater and boxing him in the exacta with Cat Nip Denny (8-5) who broke maiden impressive sprinting on a wet track, was claimed for $40K, returning here in six weeks in the right class.

Running Totals: (604) 188-123-83 Total Dollar Return: $1,305.70 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, February 27, 2010

Rebound With In the Paint

Interesting three-year-old prep at Turfway, the Battaglia Memorial, where the chances are good that you’ll be rewarded if correct. In short, the 12-1 morning line quoted on In The Paint is, well, out of line.

First time out at Keeneland going 7/8s, the horse ran a Z-pattern; you know, up, then back, then rallying forward again. This is a horse crying out for distance.

In his next start, an absolutely loaded maiden race at Churchill, he broke in the air from post 10, losing all chance in the 12-horse field. The first three finishers all returned to win their subsequent starts.

Next out, on this track going a two-turn mile, he broke his maiden by 5 then was absolutely eliminated by a horrendous trip in the WEBN prep for this. After a useful breeze at his Keeneland base, he returns here for a barn profitable with their routers, especially in non-graded stakes. Throw in a positive rider switch to good measure.

Taking In The Paint to win at 6-1 or greater, and keying him first and second in multiples with rapid-working Lucky Chuck (7-2), and Kera’s Kitten (9-5), the very impressive WEBN winner but having a different pace scenario this time around.

Running Totals: (603) 188-123-82 Total Dollar Return: $1,305.70 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, February 26, 2010

Lemon and Spice and Eveything Nice

Today’s turf feature at Gulfstream Park features a very classy but unreliable favorite in Vacation (3-1). The McGaughey barn has been live at this meet, Leparoux in the boot guaranties patient handling and dropping out of G1s and G3s solidifies his class edge. But he’s better on dirt than on turf, today’s surface. From post 11 at the price, he’s worth trying to beat.

There are a number of sharp rivals in Anarko (6-1), who freaked winning his last, and Sincero (6-1), who will be in this throughout beneath the heady Johnny V. But it’s Lemon Spice (4-1) who loom the most probable winner.

His last two efforts were excellent figure-wise and today’s distance should enable him to fire his best late shot. Javier Castellano is having a great meet, knows how to save ground when he needs to and is adept with late rally types. His recent half-mile breeze was sharp and trainer Bennie Stutz is making the most of his limited opportunities at this meet. The inside post doesn’t hurt.

Taking Lemon Spice to win at 2-1 or greater and keying him first and second in multiples with his rivals here.

Running Totals: (602) 187-123-82 Total Dollar Return: $1,298.70 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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