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.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Interesting Filly in Belmont Allowances

In today’s featured seventh at Belmont Park, a preliminary allowances for fillies and mares going 1-1/16 miles on turf, Eternal Ruler (10-1) found herself on the lead going longer when no one else wanted the front end--not her best game.

What she’d prefer is a repeat of her effort three back, under the same conditions as today’s, on this course, when she came roaring home to just miss, earning a performance figure as good as anyone in the field.

The spacing is right, she’s nicely drawn, retains Maragh, and the Ribaudo barn is enjoying good meet with limited starters.

Taking Eternal Ruler to win at 6-1 or greater and key boxing her first and second in multiples with class dropper Humble and Hungry (5-2) and the sharp Hyper (3-1), from Team Brown/Castellano.

Running Totals: (942) 295-191-134 Total Dollar Return: $2,025.10 [win selections only] {Ed. Note: Result Statistics reflect an additional selection and winner, but no money was added to the running dollar totals per our stipulation in Wednesday's analysis}

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Just Too Awesome

Oh, my goodness. How did P J Campo ever filly this race?

Normally, our rule is to bet against heavy favorites when they are returning from a long layoff, but the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner, a filly undefeated in six lifetime starts that’s faster than the group from top connections?

Well, I can’t bet on Awesome Feather (1-5) but then neither can I bet against her. So, for the first time in four years, will picking a cold exacta--which probably won’t pay much--and that win or loss will be included in the running totals.

Of course you can always make a token wager on the second horse to win in case the favorite falls on her face coming away from the barrier.

Taking a cold exacta of Awesome Feather and Flying Train (5-1), coming off a Soft Win Equiform pattern and is 2-for-2 over the track and 1-for-1 at this trip. Castellano won’t hurt, either.

Running Totals: (941) 294-191-134 Total Dollar Return: $2,025.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Sunday, October 02, 2011

Don’t Knock the Rock

There are four stakes to choose from but only the Pilgrim for juvenile colts going long on turf offers an opportunity to score. Conservatively, five youngsters could win this but the one with the best chance that might fall through the parimutuel cracks is Knock Rock (6-1).

Nicely drawn inside, this colt has some tactical speed to take advantage of the draw but more significantly he can finish up strongly and that can make all if this graded scramble.

Taking Knock Rock to win at early line odds or greater and key boxing him in multiples with Fantastic Song (5-1), Captain Webb (7-2) and Shakspeare Shaliyah (3-1). [Early favorite State Of Play is expected to scratch; if not, he’s a must use].

Running Totals: (940) 294-191-134 Total Dollar Return: $2,025.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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