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.

Friday, January 06, 2012

The Magic’s Back

Yet another interesting preliminary allowances as a turf feature at Gulfstream Park; older fillies and mares going 1-1/16th miles.

Easily could have gone in four or five different directions but this looks like a spot to seek out value and believe that Bringbackthemagic (6-1) will slip through the wagering cracks, given the presence of more than a few high profile outfits.

When last seen, the Stephen DiMauro-trained filly was compromised in a well graded turf mile over the course but finished up willingly, beaten a little over a length.

Stormy Atlantic gelding broke maiden at first asking, his lone start at today’s distance, and prior to his latest, was a very willing third in the longer Tropical Park Derby, his Calder finale.

With today’s place expected to be a little livelier, we’re looking for Juan Leyva to take advantage of the experience he gained on this colt last out. Mini-stretchout makes the difference.

Taking Bringbackthemagic to win at 9-2 or greater and key boxing him first and second in multiples with super sharp Grip Hands (4-1), strong finishing Liston (3-1) and fast working Sheppard import Utley (8-1).

Running Totals: (999) 309-201-142 Total Dollar Return: $2,130.70 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, January 05, 2012

Canadian Filly Looks Golden

Today’s Gulfstream Park feature, a preliminary allowance/optional claimer for three year old fillies going two turns is a beauty, drawing a big field with some really nice fillies. It won’t be easy but even a favorite could pay relatively well in this matchup.

There are two fillies dropping significantly in here; Miss Netta (3-1) with an excellent effort in the G1 Frizette then suffering through a very tough trip in the Juvenile Fillies in which she raced very creditably thereafter. She worked very well recently for Kiaran McLaughlin.

But Golden History (8-1) is working well, too, she reunites with winning stable rider Contreras and drops from two straight G2s with an excellent Equiform development pattern with an opening Compression Line, followed by a Reversal and a strong-finish try off very slow fractions, eliminating her chances. Looking for a rebound effort here.

Taking Golden History to win at 5-1 or greater and keying her first and second in exactas with Miss Netta and the very sharp Dancing Solo (4-1).

Running Totals: (998) 309-201-142 Total Dollar Return: $2,130.70 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Monday, January 02, 2012

Small Value in Gulf’s Little Sub-Feature

Two features to choose from on today's Gulfstream card and since one features the lkelihood of a heavy favorite in the 11-furlong turf race, we'll opt for the secondary allowances/optional claimer where we beleive we have a very reasonable chance to beat the undefeated early line favorite.

After breaking through two starts back in a two-turn mile, Majestic Maria (3-1) returned with a good figure Reversal on the Equiform scale, showing continued good development and improving condition. Today she's back around two turns, drew the rail, is working crisply and Castellano is taking a return call. The Maria's Mon filly has already proven she can stalk from close range and kick home, which is what we're asking her to do here.

Taking Majestic Maria to win at 2-1 or greater and key boxing her in multples with undefeated Jump Up (5-2), top figure ship-in Rock The Moon (4-1) and the sharp Differentiate (6-1).

Running Totals: (997) 309-200-142 Total Dollar Return: $2,130.70 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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