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, June 04, 2009

Drift King: That’s What I’m Talkin’ About

Looks like recency will be the key to this entertaining sprint, but what to I know? Haven’t picked a winner a long time. We’ll soldier on because it’s about the long term.

Drift King is sharp, fast, at his home track, it’s Belmont week and Billy turner has one in. Will be the stalker, and perhaps the speed beneath Paco Lopez.

The horses to beat are Shoptate, fast and honest, albeit sparingly raced, and course lover Fidelio (Frankel won yesterday‘s eighth race), who figures a comfortable stalking trip with Garrett Gomez.

Running Totals: (437) 131-90-58 Total Dollar Return: $883.80 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Clement Filly to Continue Barn’s Roll

Today’s Belmont feature on the Belmont turf at a mile and a sixteenth, a preliminary allowances with plenty of restricted language that has attracted several multiple winners, is an interesting heat.

The best three fillies appear to be Forest Trail (3-1), Sonic Sound (8-1) and Blitzen Too (2-1), the last two multiple-race winning New York-breds.

This is a grass route lacking in speed and perhaps the addition of blinkers will get her in the game early from an inside post, although Castellano probably will find a way to take a wide path. Still, Forest Trail is moving forward, showing good development in her 4-year-old debut and Shug is excellent second off the layup and with blinkers-added runners.

Sonic Sound is another who has developed nicely at 4, hails from an excellent third-off-the-layup connections and has been vastly improved since the addition of Lasix and the switch to Sebastian Morales. This season the filly has overcome poor starts to win both of her races, a style that suits race profile at the distance.

Blitzen Too is making her four-year-old debut having earned performance figures at 3 that are the equal of today’s rivals who have raced at 4. Christophe Clement is saddling winners at a 35 percent this meet and is 21 percent efficient with horses returning from a 90 days-plus layoff. Further, the filly reunites with Alan Garcia, aboard for two victories last season. She owns a formidable late kick.

Blitzen Too is the most probable winner, taking her to win at 2-1 or greater, boxing her in exactas, and keying her in trifectas, with her main rivals here.

Running Totals: (436) 131-90-58 Total Dollar Return: $883.80 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Sunday, May 31, 2009

Morrison’s Colt Makes Them Scream Uncle

Today’s feature is actually two, a male and female division for horses sired in New York going seven furlongs on the Widener turf. The colt division, the Spectacular Bid, has drawn a limit field and interesting that no horse has experience going seven furlongs on the Widener.

But today’s dynamic fits one contender very snugly: Uncle T’s Seven (4-1). In his only start on turf as a juvenile last year, he was a good third going two turns behind Bittel Road, a talented open company turf specialist.

Developing nicely at three, his performance figures have gone forward and he showed promising turf style in the aforementioned route, albeit moving prematurely to the lead then tiring. Having run virtually as fast on turf at 2 as any of these have at 3, his is suited by today’s race shape and is nicely drawn outside at this distance.

Taking Uncle T’s Seven to win at 5-2 or greater and keying him first and second in exactas and trifectas with Tall Poppi (6-1) and Early Response (7-2).

Running Totals: (435) 131-89-58 Total Dollar Return: $883.80 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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