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, August 26, 2011


Divine Inspiration


Today’s Spa feature is the always entertaining Grade 2 Bernard Baruch and all the power, as in the Travers, is positioned outside, including the course specialist Get Stormy (3-1), who came of age in this race last year and is a dual Grade 1 winner in 2011.

But he’s returning from a forced freshening to recuperate from a minor injury and is worth trying to beat from post 11, the extreme outside.

Given the race shape, and the wild roll that the McGaughey is on, we’re reaching out for Hymn Book (4-1) who might work out a perfect trip beneath Johnny.

Early in his career, he looked like grass would be his future but since returning following a lengthy absence, he’s been racing very well on dirt including a win in an overnight stakes and a good second to Flat Out in the G2 Suburban, who came back to run well again behind Tizway in the Whitney. He owns tactical speed and Johnny knows how to use it.

Taking Hymn Book to win at 3-1 or greater and key-boxing him in the multiples with the favorite, Moryba (6-1), a very good second in the Fourstardave here last out and Blues Street (8-1) who ill be making the last run beneath Desormeaux.

Running Totals: (919) 289-185-130 Total Dollar Return: $2,000.60 [win selections only]



Written by John Pricci



 
 

Thursday, August 25, 2011


It’s the (Sheppard) Economy, Stupid


Today’s feature at Saratoga is the Grade 1 New York Turf Writers Cup Handicap, a.k.a. the Jonathan Sheppard Stakes. The Hall of Famer has won this race as often as the great Charlie Whittingham won the San Juan Capistrano.

In order to preserve this tradition, Long John has entered four hurdlers in here, the quartet making up two different stable entries. We’d like to reach out here but that’s exactly what we’d be doing; reaching.

In our view, either half of the (B) entry, Sermon Of Love (9-5), looking to repeat last year’s victory in this Spa fixture, and Divine Fortune, winning the Smithwick Memorial here earlier at the meet, his third win in five lifetime Spa starts, and a worthy highweight at 156 pounds..

Interesting horses in here would be the import Dirar (5-1), co-second highweight at 150 pounds , Nationbuilder (4-1), who should benefit from even third in the Smithwick and a switch to Danielle Hodson, and Mabou (20-1), a rare steeplechase claim by David Jacobson earlier at the meeting.

Taking the 2-2B entry to win, no price restrictions, and boy boxing them first and second in the multiples with others listed above.

Running Totals: (918) 289-185-130 Total Dollar Return: $2,000.60 [win selections only]




Written by John Pricci



 
 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Contessa Has Them Coming and Going


Today’s Spa feature is the Albany Stakes for state-bred 3-year-olds. This is always an entertaining race on this program and always seems to be won by a nice horse. That trend will continue here, especially if Socialsaul (2-1) emerges the winner.

Since stretching out to a mile back in June, his Equiform figures have done nothing but improve, winning three straight including the two-turn New York Derby at a mile and a sixteenth last time out.

The gelding has tactical speed, kick, bottom side pedigree to help getting today’s 9 furlongs and he reunites with Castellano, who knows him very well.
Trainer Contessa very likely to finish 1-2.

Taking Socialsaul to win, no price restrictions, and boy boxing him in the multiples with mate Preachintothedevil (3-1) and Alstom (8-1), on a Delayed Pace Top and meeting state-breds for the first time.

Running Totals: (917) 289-184-130 Total Dollar Return: $2,000.60 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci



 
 

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