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, February 04, 2015


Could Be Start of Big Week for Pletcher Barn


Try as I might, I just couldn't avoid the favorite in today's Gulfstream Park feature, a secondary allowances/optional for fillies and mares sprinting 6 furlongs.

Discreetly Illusive (3-1) just has too many weapons. She owns the best Energy Rating by a significant margin, and has done so with consistency. And as good as Mr. Pletcher is off the bench, his charges are even better in LAY-2 scenarios; a profitable 27%.

She has tactical speed, can finish, is well posted toward the outside and Javier takes a return call. She has a regrettable habit of often finishing second, but that's why the racing gods invented exactas and other multiple pools.

Taking Discreetly Illusive to win, an exacta box with distance and GP loving Cajun Sunrise (6-1), and adding Quiet Hour (6-1) and Bureau de Change (5-1) to the super-exotics mix.


Number of Selections since 2007: 1684

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 506-326

Amount Wagered: $3,368 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,487.80

Profit to Date: $119.80

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Sunday, February 01, 2015


Easy As 123bet Parx on a Sunday


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The current featured track is Parx Racing. The following is a profile of races 4 through 9

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123BET Pick 6 PARX RACING February 1, 2015

FOURTH: 4-AWESOME INDY makes first start off the Kreiser claim, a profitable 23% scenario, shipping in from So Cal, a formidable angle at this meet. Owns good back figures and taken to improve going Poly to dirt at the proper level. 2-Lawyer Dave turns back to optimal distance and 5-Mavericks Gun drops to classes for Aristone, profitable 28% efficiency.

FIFTH: 7-DRAXHALL WOODS was speed-sharpened going long last out now turns back to suitable sprint trip distance at which he earned his life's best Energy Figures. Velazquez profitable with his turnbacks. 1-Time for Spring drops making second start off the layup for Farro and 3-Conte, a three-time Parx winner, ships in sharp from Laurel and attracts Pennington.

SIXTH: 4-GOOD HARBOR ships in from NY to meet limited winners since August 1; Englehart is profitable 30% with his shippers and is reaching out for live apprentice Ritvo. 10-BROAD RULE has been competitive with better in NY this season and goes first time off the Preciado claim (protiable 29%). 12-Major Highway has excellent back figures and high early speed; gets Acosta on the re-ride in first start for Pino.

SEVENTH: 6-FAT KAT makes her at 4 after being competitive with stakes types at 3; loves this surface and is working rapidly for Reid, very effective with lengthy layups. 7-PIXIE DUST is 4-for-7 at this trip--0 for-4 at all others--fits the speedy race shape and is nicely drawn outside; goes well beneath Ritvo. 2-Shoplift owns competitive figures and is nicely drawn inside in this spot.

EIGHTH: 1-MIDNIGHT TABOO makes second start off the Jacobson claim and brief freshening following game placing in surface debut; should benefit from the effort and back-classy sprinter is deserving favorite. 8-Sue Them All is sharp and properly spotted off the Farro claim and 5-Metroliner is likely to shake loose early given today's dynamics.

NINTH: 1-INTEGRITY, shipping in for Chad Brown, is 3-for-6 at the specialized distance, 2-for-8 at all others and won his lone Parx start; classy sprinter looms speed of the speed, is drawn inside and attracts Carmouche. 3-PRAETEREO was a sharp winner of the Valley Forge here December 14 and returns with good spacing and crisp workline. 7-Zipped Code meets tougher but turns back to his optimal distance.

SUGGESTED 123 P6 PLAY: 4 with 7 with 4.10 with 6.7 with 1 with 1.3---$16

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BEST UPSET POTENTIAL: NONE



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Running Totals Upset Plays Dec. 28, 2014-Jan. 25, 2015: (9) 2-1-0

Win Bets: $18 Return on Investment: $44.80

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For purposes of the FRA for today, taking Midnight Taboo in the eighth race to win, no price restrictions. Running totals will be posted beneath Wednesday's races.


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Saturday, January 31, 2015


Ocean Knight, No Telling How Good


Going up Alligator Alley to Tampa for today's feature, the Grade 3 Sam F. Davis, and I can't wait to see it. The reason for this excitement is a colt named Ocean Knight (5-2) who has very little going for him, except an extreme amount of talent.

He's never been around two turns, only has run once, and he broke his maiden on the winter track at Aqueduct. Further, he's try the Tampa surface, which can take some getting used to, and he's drawn post 11 of 12 with a relatively short run to the first turn.

I won't brag on him, just see the replay of the second race from the Big A on December 13 and judge for yourself.

Taking the Kiaran McLaighlin trainee to win, no price restrictions, and key boxing multiples with Mucho Macho Man runner-up Ami's Flatter (9-2), speedy 2-for-2 pole sitter Catalina Red (4-1), and his uncoupled mate, fast Tampa sprint graduate Bandages (20-1), adding Todd Pletcher's G Five (8-1) and Royal Son (10-1) to lower tiers of super-exotics.

Number of Selections since 2007: 1682

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 504-326

Amount Wagered: $3,364 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,478.60

Profit to Date: $114.60 {Friday's results not included}

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