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, November 18, 2009

Clement Has Himself to Beat

Today’s Flitalong Stakes, an overnight affair for fillies and mares on the Aqueduct turf at 1-1/16th miles appears to be at the mercy of Christophe Clement, who has two excellent chances to win this event. But you might want price to persuade you on which one since this stable entry is uncoupled. Problem is they both look great for different reasons.

Akilina (3-1) never has taken a backward step on grass in five lifetime starts on the surface, an uncommon occurrence. Her best performance figure came last out at today’s distance, the spacing is good, the improvement incremental and Rajiv Maragh has found his way into the circle four times on this miss.

The one to beat, however, is her mate Denomination (7-2), which, following an even effort in a West Coast Grade 1, had no place to run in her Eastern debut, the one mile Pebbles at Belmont Park, trapped badly anytime she had an opportunity to make a winning run. She drawn outside here, which could be of some benefit, and Ramon Dominguez will be trying to make amends here.

Taking Denomination to win at 5-2 or greater, an exacta box with Akilina, and a key in multiple pools, adding price shot Our Golden Dream to the exotics mix.

Running Totals: (544) 167-106-78 Total Dollar Return: $1,158.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Sunday, November 15, 2009

Making His Rivals Cry Uncle

There are three stakes for New York-breds on today’s Aqueduct card and we’ll analyze the eighth race, the traditional feature slot, the Thunder Rumble division of the New York Sires Series..

Dr. D.F.C. (2-1) is a deserving favorite. He owns the best performance figures by a fairly significant margin, has conditioning from recent routes and is coming off a new pace top vs. more moderate rivals.

But this looks like the right spot for Uncle T Seven (7-2) to get back to his winning ways. A versatile sort, he can handle both turf and dirt, and seven furlongs seems like it would be his optimal distance on the main track.

Going turf to dirt, he, too, has the needed conditioning and figures to be extremely fit coming off a Turf Decline Line in his latest on the grass.

Uncle T Seven had a sharp blowout in preparation for his second start in a new barn, reunites with Ramon Dominguez, 1-for-1 on the colt, and would appreciate any remaining moisture in the surface. He’s tactical enough to get a jump on the late runners here.

Taking Uncle T Seven to win at 3-1 or greater and an exacta box with Dr. D. F. C.

Running Totals: (543) 166-106-78 Total Dollar Return: $1,150.50 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, November 14, 2009

Saginaw Would Benefit Greatly If Feature Is Re-scheduled

With a fierce rain storm expected to move north through New York yesterday, the assumption that today’s substitute feature race will be rescheduled for the main track. (If not, could hazard a guess as to how a rain-sodden turf course in the Fall would play).

And so we’re going right to the Main Track Only entrants where Saginaw appears to hold a wide edge should he draw in. He comes off an extremely sharp score over a wet Big A main track at a mile.

It is mandatory to note here that trainer Chad Brown is an extremely worthy 6-for-11 following a recent maiden win. Well spotted with this group, he would secure an outside post should he draw in. Should he score, he won’t make you rich.

Taking Saginaw to win, no price restrictions, and an exacta box with another MTO entrant, Star of New York.

Running Totals: (542) 165-106-78 Total Dollar Return: $1,147.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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