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, June 24, 2016


Take This Filly


Difficult to totally ignore recent maiden break Half Irish (3-1 off his dominate 5 length maiden break at 9 furlongs in his recent debut, but we will try. Besides, no one in America is hotter than Chad Brown.

After her maiden breaker at GP this winter, Chad put Take These Chains (2-1) away for three months, presumably to prepare for a summer turf campaign. That debut was quickly run and visually impressive two-turner, 7-1/2 furlong trip in Hallandale.

Brown is highly successful with this type of spacing and the race she exits produced 3 next-out winners from 8 to run back. Believe this filly will be the 4th.

Take These Chains to win, no price restrictions, and an exacta key-box with Half Irish and price shot Shiawassee (10-1), back on firm ground.

Number of Selections since 2007: 2052

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 615-398

Amount Wagered: $4,108.00 [$2 to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $4,199.70

Profit to Date: $91.70

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Thursday, June 23, 2016


Current Form vs. Development


It's the classic dilemma for handicappers.

On paper, Grade 2 third Robillard (5-2) is very well placed turning back vs. mostly allowance rivals. But My Cara Mia (7-2) is coming off a very sharp recent score over the course with sharp subsequent works for her return, so which way do we go?

We go with the rapidly developing favorite who is faster on performance figures and has made the kind of transition from 3 to 4 indicating that more forward progress is possible as soon as, well, today.

The presence of Kendrick Carmouche indicates that despite the likely faster pace, Kiaran McLaughlin wants his filly in the game from the start, the kind of dynamic that figures to be successful in this spot.

Taking Robillard to win, no price restrictions, and boxing her with potential value performer, My Cara Mia (7-2)

Number of Selections since 2007: 2052

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 614-397

Amount Wagered: $4,104.00 [$2 to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $4,193.10

Profit to Date: $89.10 (Wednesday results not included)

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016


Class Does Matter


Queen of Castle (3-1) will either underscore or belie the class factor in today's Belmont turf feature as the starter group she defeated last out appear a bit saltier than she might meet here.

Yes, she draws wide, but at least it's the Widener, she's getting weight, is straight forward in figures and the bad draw might help the odds some.

Taking Queen of Castle to win at 5-2 or greater, key-boxing exactas with Sugar Mags (5-1), getting Johnny for Donk, and price shot Forever for Always (15-1).

Super-exotically, we'll include LAY-2 Saratoga Smoke (8-1) the returning, properly spotted Kitty Maddnes (4-1).


Number of Selections since 2007: 2052

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 614-397

Amount Wagered: $4,104.00 [$2 to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $4,193.10

Profit to Date: $89.10

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