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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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

It’s Not HBO, It’s Cable

Today’s Belmont Park feature is the re-scheduled Grade 3 Athenia for fillies and mares three-year-olds and up going 1-1/16th miles on the Belmont inner turf.

Of course, we can make cases for several. Sunshine For Life (6-1) is fresh, training well, picks up Johnny V. and is clearly the controlling speed. But does last year’s winner of this race want cut in the ground? That’s what she’ll get today.

Belle Allure (6-5) is racing in top form fro Christophe Clement, is well suited to the competition and gets Dominguez, but I can understand what makes her worthy of such a short early line price. We wish her well.

It’s uncoupled stablemate Cable (6-1) who is a lot more interesting. After the lightly raced filly earned a lifetime best figure under these conditions two back, she had a tougher trip around two turns in her last under the lights at The Meadowlands.

Both lifetime wins came at today’s trip and she’s never been worse than second in two starts over the local ground, including a win. At early line odds, she represents significant value.

Taking Cable to win at 4-1 or greater and keying her first and second in exotics with her rivals here.

Running Totals: (525) 157-106-75 Total Dollar Return: $1,100.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Sunday, October 18, 2009

Back to the Bluegrass Turf

We’ll stay at Keeneland, and stay on the grass for the Grade 3 Bryan Station for three-year-olds going a mile.

We find this field in various stages of development and one that seems to be marching forward continually is Mikoshi (4-1), the kind of incremental improvement that signals that just might be more to come.

There are some in here, such as Crespo (4-1), who are more accomplished in terms of company lines. Then there’s the streaking Get Stormy (7-2), who’s improved rapidly for Tom Bush, and the impressive allowance winner Kinsella (3-1), at today’s distance in his Spa finale.

But Mikoshi fits the race shape here as well as any of his rivals, he handles off ground, and his tactical speed and inside post could help him trip out in the one. Taking Mikoshi to win and place at 4-1 or greater.

Running Totals: (524) 157-106-75 Total Dollar Return: $1,100.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, October 17, 2009

Durante Would Love This Filly

With today’s Belmont feature rescheduled for Wednesday, we’ll take a look at the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Keeneland for three-year-old fillies going nine furlongs on the turf.

Clearly, Gozzip Girl (6-5) and Miss World (3-1) need no introduction. Both are Grade 1 winners and the favorite just missed in another while taking two Grade 3s as well. Shared Account (6-1) is no slough either, winning a Grade 2 in Saratoga plus a game placing behind Miss World last out.

But we’re going for the gusto with Hot Cha Cha (8-1). Her last was her best, a Grade 3 score in the Pucker Up as a fresh filly at Arlington Park last out. The thing about her is that she keeps developing, is improving as the season lengthens, and turf ace James Graham, who won the Pucker Up, is taking the re-ride here. And, of course, she’ll be a price.

Taking Hot Cha Cha to win at 8-1 or greater and keying her in exotics with her very logical rivals here.

Running Totals: (523) 157-106-75 Total Dollar Return: $1,081.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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