Pricci's Free Daily Feature Race Analysis

Whenever his daily work schedule permits, HorseRaceInsider executive editor John Pricci will analyze that day's feature race from a major thoroughbred-racing jurisdiction.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Teeth Of The Dog Sharp for Peter Pan (Sorry)

Today's feature at Belmont Park is the Grade 2 Peter Pan Stakes for three-year-olds racing 9 furlongs and for those with a possible eye on the Belmont Stakes. No fewer than half the 12 horse field have a better than puncher's chance to win it and value, even with public choices, almost seems assured. We'll take any value offered on Teeth Of the Dog.

Originaly consider a Preakness probable, trainer Michael Matz called an audible and has entered the colt here. After breaking maiden at Gulfstream Park, Bluegras Cat colt shipped north and finished a valiant third in the G1 Wood Memorial, an excellent finish considering the increase in distance and class. The grandson of Deputy Minister is developing beautifully.

Never taking a backward step of the Equiform scale, he's shown an ability to distribute his energy efficiently from his very first start. His Wood Memorial figure was competitive to the group and the spacing is excellent for his return. Colt had sharp blowout at Fair Hill training center, Joe Bravo takes a return call and should take advantage of a favorable race shape.

Taking Teeth Of The Dog to win at 5-1 or greater, and key boxing him in multiples with sharp working Mark Valeski (5-2), Jerome winner The Lumber Guy (7-2) and Le Barnardin (15-1), who defeat older horses last time out.

Running Totals: (1077) 331-210-161 Total Dollar Return: $2,281.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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