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.

Friday, September 11, 2009

A Winner, or Just a Thin Disguise?

With rain in the forecast for opening day, we’ll tab a pair of specialists in the Belmont Park feature race, an optimal $50,000 claiming starter, non-winners of 1 allowances, one for turf and one for dirt if the race gets rescheduled to the main track.

The presumption must be that Mask and Wig has been pointed to this for the last six weeks. After winning his key race finale at Monmouth Park that produced three next out winners, he returns to the surface over which he’s 3-for-3 lifetime with an excellent recent workline to match. Trainer Barclay Tagg finished the Spa meet on a tear. He’ll be every bit of 4-1.

Should the race be shifter to the main track, Long Jump stayed home at Belmont while his barn mates took a trip up the Northway. Working well for Christophe Clement, the four year old has earned very good figures on the main track and has worked well for his opening day return. The gelding has won at the trip and appears well spotted with this group.

On turf, taking Mask and Wig to win at 4-1 or greater and making exacta key boxes with the good-figure Dantastic (3-1) and Stevil (6-1), a recent sharp claim for Bob Barbera.

On dirt, Long Jump to win at 3-1 or more and an exacta box with Stevil.

Running Totals: (500) 150-103-69 Total Dollar Return: $1,020.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Monday, September 07, 2009

Asmussen Has Giant Chance at Weekend Grand Slam

The closing day feature, the storied Hopeful Stakes, is no longer as much about the future as it is about the now. And right now Steve Asmussen is king of the world.

He has two chances to sweep the weekend stakes with the uncoupled pair of Prince Rooney (9-2), 2-for-2 and a winner something called the Mountaineer Juvenile by 15. But it’s the other, Grand Slam Andre (12-1), who intrigues us.

If there’s anything better than a good race for a youngster it’s two good races, and Andre is coming off two small stakes at Lone Star and Remington, a step up in circuits for a two year old. And his two most recent figures were excellent. His experience edge will be very handy for these youngsters, all trying 7 furlongs for the first time.

Taking Grand Slam Andre to win at 5-1 or greater, exacta boxes with his stablemates, Prince Rooney and Enumerate (6-1), second in the G2 Sanford here, divisional leading Backtalk (5-1) and the very well bred recent maiden breaker Dublin (8-1).

Running Totals: (499) 150-103-69 Total Dollar Return: $1,020.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Sunday, September 06, 2009

She’s One Hot Chick

Don’t know if the term “special filly” is applicable to Hot Dixie Chick, I only know that the words “sensationally fast” are accurate as they relate to the 4-5 early line favorite for the Grade 1 Spinaway.

In fact, if she had been entered in Monday’s Hopeful, I probably would have bet on her to win that, and she would have been a bigger price.

So, she’s the key to this traditional meet closer, to win, with no price restrictions, and we’ll key her in trifectas with Sassy Image (10-1), Beautician (5-1) and Worstcasescenario (4-1).

Running Totals: (497) 148-103-69 Total Dollar Return: $1,017.50 [win selections only] {Saturday's results not included}

Written by John Pricci


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