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, April 01, 2011

Scout’s Honor

Pretty tricky Gulfstream feature, then 7-½ furlongs turf sprints figure to be just that, plus there are two entrants making their U.S. debuts for top turf and layup outfits.

The interest Americans are Almoradi (5-1), who’s really improved for Eddie Kenneally, and picking up Paco, the very speedy but feint of heart Just Playin Around (10-1), and Avenuesandalleyways (8-1) making his second start here.

But it’s Army Scout that’s really intriguing. Joe Allen owns this extremely well bred invader, now in the barn of Kiaran McLaughlin, sporting a series of good turf sprint lines in Europe, which often translates into successful U.S. milers, today’s distance.

Working bullets at his Palm Meadows base, McLaughlin taps Johnny Velazquez who can place the high quality runner wherever he wishes.

Taking Army Scout to win at 5-2 or greater and keying him first and second in the multiples with the three Americans listed above and Right One (8-1), making his U.S. debut for Christophe Clement. Both invaders are getting first-time Lasix.

Running Totals: (837) 266-174-114 Total Dollar Return: $1,857.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, March 31, 2011

Clement and Bravo On Fire

Today’s Gulfstream feature is tricky. First, all turf marathons of a mile and a half can be. Secondly, the pace scenario as you might expect is a little vague and there are any number of horses at various stages of their career and form cycle.

There are two significant droppers in Free Fighter and Simmard, returnees, and relatively young horses that are still developing. One of those returnees, En Fuego, is also dropping slightly and hails from an outfit that not only has had a good meet but has done so with their returnees.

En Fuego is training steadily at his Payson Park base for Chris Clement and he’s done a lot of his winning here with Joe Bravo, today’s rider. He went well in his first start at the distance and has shown enough talent to close off very slow paces. Any reasonable fractions should suit his kick very well.

Taking En Fuego to win at 7-2 or greater and keying him both ways in exotics with Free Fighter (3-1), Bigshot (6-1) and Sporty (6-1).

Running Totals: (836) 266-173-114 Total Dollar Return: $1,857.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Here’s One Valid Opinion

Today’s Gulfstream feature is a secondary allowances-optional claiming for some quick fillies going five furlongs on the turf. Three hold our interest: favored Bella Moneta (5-2), making its first start off the Marty Wolfson claim; the fast Trippi’s Sailor (7-2), in position to rebound after a few tough trips, and the improving Yes It’s Valid (6-1), offering fair odds.

The latter is racing in career form at present, showing a fondness for this course, her kick nicely suiting the possibility of a speedy pace scenario. She’s been freshened by a barn good with its turf runners, and Paco Lopez has been making the right decisions all meeting long. Her outside draw helps further.

Taking Yes It’s Valid to win at 7-2 or greater [turf only] and keying her first and second in exactas with her main contenders here.

Running Totals: (835) 266-173-114 Total Dollar Return: $1,857.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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