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, January 30, 2008

A Horse O.J. Would Hate

Interesting condition to start the NYRA week, a starter allowances for horses that broke their maidens for a claiming price going six furlongs. And it figures to be a battle of a triad of three heavy-hitting outfits.

Gary Contessa saddles the favored 8-5 entry of Golden Tablet and Civil Suit. Golden Tablet draws the live apprentice, Jermaine Bridgmohan, has an inside post and the kind of tactical style that ensures a good trip. The other half of the Winning Move entry is the fastest three-year-old in here, Civil Suit, who goes first time for this outfit, a profitable 21 percent with new acquisitions. Speed and Ramon Dominguez makes him more formidable.

Fast Million (5-2) is also a new acquisition from the highly successful outfit of Richard Englander going first time for Tony Dutrow, a 25 percent proposition. He’s shown a big late kick but that effort was at five furlongs. But since he figures to improve, that makes this a tough call. Alan Garcia won’t hurt his chances.

Ease My Mind (7-2) comes from the crafty Gumpster Stable crew. The colt was a good third over the track following the Tim Hills claim. C.C. Lopez takes the re-ride and should have the multiple winner in a position to win. The dynamics here makes this very much a rider’s race, especially in a short field.

But if Civil Suit runs back to his Florida finale in his first start for Contessa, the battle will be for place. Taking Civil Suit to win, no price restrictions, and exacta key boxes with the remaining major contenders.

Running Totals: (167) 60-36-18. Total Dollar Return: $376.90 [win selections only]

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Friday, January 25, 2008

Pricci on Assignment

John Pricci is on assignment. His New York feature race analysis will return next week.

Written by HRI Publisher

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Monday, January 21, 2008

The WInkfield Horses: These Are Their Stories

Today’s feature honors one of the great African American jockeys of a century ago, the legendary Jimmy Winkfield, who won two Kentucky Derbies before he was 23. This afternoon, seven three-year-old colts, several promising sprinters, will race three-quarters of a mile in the now traditional Martin Luther King Day feature.

We’ll look at three, from the rail, out: All Expenses Paid (5-1), Accredit (2-1) and Law And Dora (4-1). The race has a nice blend of speed, mid-speed and late pace. The trip will make the difference.

All Expenses Paid has the most experience but it wasn’t until start number six, and his first following Rick Dutrow’s claim, that he moved up. Recent performance figures were excellent and he looks poised for a forward move. The rail position at 6 furlongs is winning at a 21% rate this meet and he figures to sit a good trip beneath Channing Hill.

Accredit is the key. He earned an excellent figure in his maiden breaker last out and is, by definition, the fastest horse in here. Kiaran McLaughlin has given the E Dubai colt a full 60 days to recover, the trainer profitable with horses returning in that time frame. He’s trained steadily since the maiden win, as if pointing for this spot. Rajiv Maragh takes the re-ride. The unknown is whether he can handle stronger pace pressure while stepping up here.

Law And Dora is undefeated in three starts. His performance figures are competitive, but of greater significance is his running style. Whether on the lead or off the pace, the result has always been the same. He’s handled trouble and needs no made to order conditions. His outside slip is a tactical advantage, giving white hot Ramon Dominguez options to play the race off the break. His bullet :59 2/5 at his Philly Park base, termed breezing, indicates he’s held form well.

Taking Law And Dora to win at 5-2 or greater and keying him first and second in exacta boxes with his major rivals here. Trifecta players can add Go Go Shoot (8-1), coming off a new pace top, in all money positions.

Running Totals: (167) 61-35-18. Total Dollar Return: $382.00 [win selections only] {excluding Sunday's results}

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