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.



Wednesday, March 11, 2009


“They Call Me Mr. Madison”


The New York racing week begins with a highly contentious six furlong sprint, a “three other than/optional claiming” that attracted a gateful of fast horses from all the outfits that generally dominate this meet.

The one commodity there’s no shortage of here is early gas, making the stalker or late rally type the most likely race-shaper to succeed. Finding the right one among Shoptate (7-2), Mr. Madison (4-1), Lord Snowdon (4-1) and Accredit (3-1), the four favorites, will not be easy.

In Mr. Madison, you get a rider switch to Ramon Dominguez which is, of course, the good news and the bad. But the bad only relates to anticipated depressed odds.

As for the rest of it, what will be of most benefit is Ramon’s guile, timing, strength and often fatal penchant for saving ground. But sometimes you’re just forced to roll them bones.

Mr. Madison has improved since claimed into the Contessa barn last winter. It culminated with a strong performance figure performance two back that is as “fast” as anything on the page. His most recent trip wasn’t the easiest, either, but his best weapons are tactical speed and kick.

Taking Mr. Madison to win at 5-2 or greater and keying him in the exacta with Accredit, consistently the fastest on performance figures, and Trophy Road (6-1), one of the speed types coming off a “soft” win and nicely positioned outside beneath C.C. Lopez.

Running Totals: (378) 116-77-50 Total Dollar Return: $810.60 [win selections only]

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Sunday, March 08, 2009


The Point is Winning


Small field for today featured Am Capable, for older fillies and mares going a mile. It appears a two-horse race on paper; both favorites. Oh, well.

Winning Point 8-5) returns from a long layup for Kiaran McLaughlin. We don’t know what happened to the filly necessitating the layup but obviously there was some problem. The way this filly’s been working, those problems may be behind her. Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin is profitable 24 percent with returnees of greater than 90 days.

Bruce Levine has Lucky Revival (5-2) going great recently and she benefits from a freshening off a career best performance figure in last. The race was significantly faster than her competition recently--unless Winning Point remembers how talented she was a 3. My guess is that she will.

Taking Winning Point to win at 7-5 or greater, an exacta box with Lucky Revival, adding Shining Sea (7-2) to the trifecta mix second and third.

Running Totals: (377) 115-77-50 Total Dollar Return: $805.60 [win selections only]

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Saturday, March 07, 2009


Revenge, Sweet Revenge


For a complete handicapping analysis of today’s featured Gotham Stakes, see Pricci’s Morning Line on lead page.

Taking I Want Revenge to win at 3-1 or greater, and an exacta box with Mr. Fantasy.

Running Totals: (376) 114-76-50 Total Dollar Return: $797.30 [win selections only] {Friday Results not included}

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