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, January 29, 2009

Here Come Da Judge

The unusual aspect about today’s NYRA feature, a $50,000 starter allowances going a mile and a sixteenth, is that there’s an awful lot of early speed in a two turn New York route. And if that dynamic doesn’t set the table nicely for early line favorite Judge William (3-1), then I don’t know what would.

Dropping from the $75,000 level and a two-time winner over this surface, on wet tracks and winner of his only two starts at today’s distance, four-year-old Judge T C colt reunites with Mike Luzzi, who can take advantage of the Scott Schwartz trainee’s versatility and favorable draw.

And given that his performance figures are only competitive on best, securing value is a possibility despite overnight favoritism.

Among his rivals, most of the speedsters are a tricky read but we'll include three rivals coming off New Pace Top Equiform patterns.

Taking Judge William to win at 5-2 or greater, keying him first and second in trifectas with Lion By My Side (4-1), San Naa (6-1) and Green Spirit (7-2).

Running Totals: (351) 107-71-47 Total Dollar Return: $753.80 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Mr. Fantasy the Real Thing?

The feature that starts the NYRA racing week is not particularly challenging, nor will it be rewarding if from holds. But we might get a good look at a promising three-year-old, at least.

On paper, trying to beat Mr. Fantasy in this preliminary allowances sprint would be disingenuous. We’re not going to try. Simply stated, he ran a whole in the wind in his only start, earning a figure that would win many sprint stakes, much less a maiden race.

Early line odds of 1-5 almost seem justified.

The McLaughlin barn has been on a tear locally and Alan Garcia leaves balmy South Florida to come up for the ride--obviously he doesn’t this colt to get too far away from him. The E Dubai colt has been away 31 days which should be sufficient.

Legal Consent (4-1), already a stakes winner vs. state-bred company and a colt who has earned excellent sprint figures, is the one to beat coming off a recent game placing with Ramon Dominguez on the re-ride for Carlos Martin.

Mr. Fantasy is the win selection, without price restrictions, and the only real life play would be a cold exacta with Legal Consent which, should it succeed, might set a record for the lowest exacta payoff in New York history. As they say, it is what it is.

Running Totals: (351) 107-71-47 Total Dollar Return: $753.80 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Sunday, January 25, 2009

Settling for Stettler

Today’s feature is a preliminary allowances, $75,000 optional claiming, a category which the connections of early line favorite Stettler--Bruce Levine for owner Roddy Valente--seem to excel. For sure, their entrant will be a very tough out today.

As usual, the team made an astute claim in Southern California, watched it improve for Bill Spawr, then shipped it East where Stettler was a game second in her good figure winter-track debut.

But what really impressed was the way she swept to the lead in a quick final quarter-mile, appearing to have something left at the finish. Sometimes, you play the hand you’re dealt.

Taking Stettler to win at 8-5 or greater and keying her first and second in the trifecta with Mikeslittlegirl (8-1), Casino Key (4-1) and Yankee Victoria (5-2).

Running Totals: (350) 106-71-47 Total Dollar Return: $749.80 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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