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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Friday, October 08, 2010


That Darn Cat


The Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile has drawn a half dozen entrants including champion Gio Ponti (7-5), who’s coming off a very-wide rally placing in the Arlington Million last time out and probably was best given the trip. He’s won his only start on this course and, while a distance specialist, is 2-for-3 at this trip.

But we’re opting for value here with a returning absentee Courageous Cat (3-1). When last seen he was beaten in Dubai at a distance that was beyond his optimal while coming off a career best effort. Considering he was beaten six lengths, it was a very good effort.

Late last year, he ran as fast as a three year old on performance figures than many of his rivals have run at this distance. Coming off a long layup is a Bill Mott specialty, a profitable 22 percent in that role.

Expected to be close to the pace in a speedy field, he can kick--given his placing to Goldikova in the 2009 Mile--he’s well drawn inside and picks up the redoubtable P Val. Given the contentious nature of the race and the presence of the champ, 3-1 is gettable here. Taking CC to win and an exacta box with the favorite.

Running Totals: (740) 239-154-99 Total Dollar Return: $1,649.20 [win selections only]





Written by John Pricci



 
 

Thursday, October 07, 2010


Another Opening Another Show


Today’s G3 Phoenix, he first added money event of the Belmont fall meet, features the classy Warrior’s Warrior, who needs no introduction at this level. Dropping out of the G1 Forego, and already a Grade 1 winner this year, he is a worthy 5-2 early line favorite.

But it’s Hollywood Hit (4-1) who rates to be the post time favorite based on excellent performance figures, high early speed with an ability to rally from close range, and a 5-for-7 record on the All Weather and a five time winner at the trip. He does well second off the layup and his regular rider is down from Toronto for the event.

Taking Hollywood Hit to win at 5-2 or greater and an exacta box with Warrior’s Reward.

Running Totals: (739) 239-153-99 Total Dollar Return: $1,649.20 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci



 
 

Wednesday, October 06, 2010


Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright


Today’s Belmont Park feature, the Glowing Honor overnight stakes for older turf sprinting fillies at 6 furlongs, is a strange one. Either the runners are not in top form or a are spotted at distances not their best.

But that doesn’t seem to be the case with Granted Tiger (6-1) which, while not as accomplished as some of her better rivals here, is at home at the trip, over this course.

Two for five at the three, she will appreciate the return to Belmont turf, her favorite footing. She’s versatile in that she can wing it in front or rally--likely the case on the turnback here. Her recent half-mile in :48 4/5, termed breezing, was fourth fastest of 57 four-year-old fillies to work over a seven day period.

Taking Granted Tiger to win and place at 5-1 or greater.

Running Totals: (738) 239-153-99 Total Dollar Return: $1,649.20 [win selections only]



Written by John Pricci



 
 

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