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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Friday, May 22, 2015


Trying to Avoid the Trap in Tricky Belmont Feature


Small fields, among other reasons, are tricky just because they are, more often than not, a "jockey's race," and when tactics become an overwhelming consideration, well, you know...

This is a extremely rare NW4--hello Shug-and that's the thing: It will be early line favorite Reload's (8-5) first race in 15 months. If he's ready, he likely will extend his career turf mark to 3-for-3. If not, what then?

A horse that sneaks here with the most wins in NY-bred speedster Plainview (7-2), as all those state-bred wins don't count against him today. In fact, he's getting 6 pounds from Reload.

There is a chance that rivals might not challenge Plainview for the lead and hurt their own chances, and that's what we'll bank on here. Besides Greg DiPrima, albeit with a small sample, is a profitable 29% with horses in a LAY-2 scenario, the case here.

We'll take Plainview to win at 3-1 or greater and key-box exactas with Reload and the sharp Unbridled Ocean (4-1), which owns tactical speed, kick and pole position.

Number of Selections since 2007: 1751

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 527-333

Amount Wagered: $3,502 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,609.80

Profit to Date: $107.80



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Thursday, May 21, 2015


Making a Very Small Fortune in Belmont Turf Feature


Today's Belmont featured 7th race is a tricky read--but not if Secret Fortune (3-1) runs back to eye-catching turf debut at GP. Two things; course was fast during that period at that was 6 furlongs, not 7.

But late developing 4YO had huge work at Finger Lakes base for Jeremiah Englehart, who knows a thing or two about turf sprinters, and the spacing looks perfect as barn is 23% effective in this time frame..

Taking Secret Fortune to win at 5-2 or greater, key-boxing exactas with turf meant Manhattan Mischief (4-1) and Manofmanyvirtues (6-1), and adding potential price shots Hidden Vow (10-1) and Glowing Amber (8-1) to the super-exotics mix.

Number of Selections since 2007: 1750

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 527-333

Amount Wagered: $3,500 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,609.80

Profit to Date: $109.80



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Wednesday, May 20, 2015


Roll Out the Barrel


If the weatherman cooperates and today's featured 8th remains on the turf, Barrel Of Love (7-5) should keep her half of the bargain. Getting significant class relief, good spacing and suited by a mini-turnback, the switch to Javier would appear to be the cherry on this confection.

Taking Barrel Of Love to win, no price restrictions, boxing an exacta with Horse For Course, distance loving Lawyer Jim (8-1), and adding Majestic Raffy (12-1) to complete the super-exotics mix.

Number of Selections since 2007: 1749

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 526-333

Amount Wagered: $3,498 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,607.00

Profit to Date: $109.00


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