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, December 30, 2009

Smokin From the Start

Today’s feature race in New York is a non-winners of 3 other than-optional claimer for three-year-olds and Up at six furlongs has drawn a pretty salty group.

And while we’re not thrilled to be carrying highweight in this situation, we like the idea of possibly being loose on the early lead.

And who better to engineer a frontrunning winter track score than C. C. Lopez, the best speed rider this side of Hall of Famers Earlie Fires and Bobby Ussery.

Not only has the gelded three-year-old Smokin Hero (3-1) won half his eight starts at the distance, but he earned his best performance figure on a wet inner track last season, so you know he likes the surface. His mid-pack draw should help him dictate the proceedings.

Taking Smokin Hero to win at 3-1 or greater and keying him first and second in the multiples with Carbonite (5-2) from the ever dangerous Tony Dutrow/Ramon Dominguez team and fast-working Mt. Glittermore (4-1).

Running Totals: (566) 178-113-78 Total Dollar Return: $1,227.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Sunday, December 27, 2009

LAVA MAN: Great story, Bad bet

Our return from the Christmas break brings us to Santa Anita Park for the Grade 2 San Gabriel at nine furlongs on the turf. It marks the return of Lava Man (7-2); great story, bad bet.

Actually, it’s the remarkably consistent Proudinsky (5-2), trained by Humberto Ascanio, a good story himself. His charge loves the route, arguably is racing in career form, loves the distance and reunites with Raffy Bejarano, a winner aboard the five year old several starts back.

The main danger in fact is the early line favorite, Loup Breton, who was most impressive winning her U.S debut at Hollywood Park, a big figure performance and his second win in four starts at the trip. Garrett Gomez takes the re-ride for Julio Canani.

Taking Proudinsky to win at 2-1 or greater and an exacta and trifecta part wheel using the favorite first with our choice, with Lava Man in the second and third slot. An extra exacta box of our choice and the early favorite.
Running Totals: (565) 177-113-78 Total Dollar Return: $1,221.40 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Get Jiggy with Jiggly

In today’s $25,000-starter allowances in the turf feature at a mile and a sixteenth at Tampa Bay Downs, the hope is that with all the hot trainers in the group that a reliable turf pro will be somehow overlooked, making the 5-2 early posted on Ziggly a distinct possibility.

Through last Saturday’s racing, trainer Anthony Pecoraro was 5-for-8 at the meet, Juan Camillo won with his only local starter and Jamie Ness--well, Jamie is only batting 33 percent with all starters for 2009. That’s why we’re hoping that trainer Dick Small might find the local crowd overcompensating.

Simply stated this 5-year-old mare has been banging tails with tougher all season, acquitting herself well and proving herself a real distance specialist with four of her lifetime six grass wins coming at today’s route. Further, she is reunited with hot riding Rosemary Homeister Jr., who ride her to a facile score vs. a tougher set at Laurel two starts back.

Taking Ziggly to win at 5-2 or greater and keying her first and second in trifectas with Little B Rosson (7-2), Privacy (6-1) and Goldie Lane (4-1).

Running Totals: (564) 177-112-78 Total Dollar Return: $1,221.40 [win selections only]

[Feature Race Analysis Will Resume on Sunday, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to one and all

Written by John Pricci


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