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, June 26, 2009

Poetry in Motion

It’s very rare when we take a horse with no turf form against proven grass runners, especially in stakes competition. We’re making an exception in today’s restricted Perfect Sting Stakes which for out purpose today could have been named the Perfect Storm.

There’s no arguing with those who would prefer Dame Ellen (4-1). She’s two for three on grass, hails from a profitable 24 percent turf barn, attracts Jose Lezcano with a inside draw and a strong workline going into today’s mile and a sixteenth.

Then there’s the very consistent Fast Tigress (5-1), who’s been earning competitive figures while being toughened up in stakes competition. Both lifetime wins came at today’s trip, the Kimmel barn has a 21 percent strike rate this meet and the switch to smooth riding Rajiv Maragh also augurs well.

But it’s Shared Account (12-1) that’s the most interesting. This filly never has lost a race that wasn’t a graded stakes, going three for three when away from G2 company, trainer Graham Motion is profitable going turf to dirt and, most significantly, first time turf. This is not easily done given large samples in each category.

Jeremy Rose comes up the turnpike to ride this bullet-worker who’s bred both sides of her pedigree for grass, sire Pleasantly Perfect a profitable 18 percent efficient in that scenario. Drawn toward the inside, her tactical speed should serve her well.

Taking Shared Account to win at 10-1 or greater and boxing her in the exacta with her rivals here. Trifecta players can add Strike The Bell (8-1) and Dynaslew (7-2).

Running Totals: (449) 135-94-59 Total Dollar Return: $943.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, June 25, 2009

From Canada to Belmont to Winner’s Circle

The restricted Sabellina Stakes for older state-bred fillies and mares on the turf is an interesting mile and a sixteenth featuring some very nice mares, indeed. Horses of interest are Southside Babe (12-1), Remarkable Remy (4-1) and Pastel Gal (7-2).

Southside Babe makes her first start for the Kiaran McLaughlin/Alan Garcia team with a steady workline, competitive figures, inside draw and debut in New York-bred company. She owns tactical speed and kick and would be a bargain at early line odds.

Pastel Gal, an uncoupled entrant from the Barclay Tagg barn, finished well too late in her course return when third. She earns competitive figures with some consistently given today’s scenario and goes well for Jose Lezcano. She likely will be finishing fastest of all.

But we’re thinking Remarkable Remy will get the jump on her late run rivals after stalking comfortably from mid-pack beneath position conscious Johnny Velazquez. She raced deceptively well in her season’s debut in a Canadian G2 now returns to the state-bred ranks on her favorite course.

Remy’s won half of her six starts at the distance with two money finishes and has worked twice since that stakes in her second start for trainer Malcolm Pierce, a profitable 20 percent in that scenario.

Taking Remarkable Remy to win at 7-2 or greater and keying her first and second in exactas and in trifectas with her rivals here, adding Absoulute Heaven (5-1) to the tri mix.

Running Totals: (449) 135-94-59 Total Dollar Return: $943.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

That’s What She Said

Today’s Belmont Park feature is a competitive one, featuring some talented state-bred grass fillies that could turn out to be effective in open company as well. We find the most interesting to be Offhand Remark (7-2) and also-eligible Acquired Cat (6-1).

Offhand Remark, reuniting with Johnny Velazquez, has done her best racing--if performance figures are the measure--at Belmont Park, showed excellent development in her 4-year-old debut at today’s distance, and figures to get a good stalking trip with her tactical speed.

Acquired Cat showed marked improvement off the Galluscio claim and never has taken a backward step on turf. She suits the prevailing conditions nicely and could fall between the parimutuel cracks and provide value.

Taking Offhand Remark to win at 3-1 or greater and boxing her in the exacta with Acquired Cat, should she draw in. Trifecta players can add another AE, Crazy Catlady (12-1) , and favorite Speed Dating (3-1) to their mix.

Running Totals: (448) 135-94-59 Total Dollar Return: $943.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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