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, February 26, 2011

Something Good to Eat?

Today’s Fountain Of Youth marks the return of the uber talented To Honor And Serve (8-5) and super sharp Soldat (2-1). The draw probably means that Soldat will be racing on the pace, forced to break sharply from the pole, with To Honor And Serve stalking from the outside.

You know their connections will want him to learn to rate kindly; there’s lots of speed in this three year old class. Meanwhile, since this will be a rider’s race, and since a few others here are capable of pressing the pace, then how about a trip sitter. Hello Ramon.

Gourmet Dinner (5-1) is not nearly as fast as his rivals here, but he’s had his feet held to the fire and has acquitted himself well. He’s on a positive line indicating that a forward move is forthcoming. With Soldat 50-50 to regress, and the favorite at somewhere around 80 percent, the value lies with the colt that’s had a good race over the track in the Holy Bull and the price will be fair.

Taking Gourmet Dinner to win at 4-1 or greater keying him first and second in multiples with his rivals here.

Running Totals: (817) 258-170-113 Total Dollar Return: $1,787.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, February 25, 2011

Is Lexie the One?

Today’s Gulfstream feature is yet another competitive five furlong turf sprint for preliminary allowances fillies and mares. And once again, it affords an opportunity to connect with a price shot.

Lexie G.’s (15-1) best race in career came under similar conditions on this course last season. As you might expect given the conditions, there is no shortage of early speed in this lineup.

Tactically, that benefits our filly who can stalk from close range or rally from the rear. In that context, her outside draw should help as the rider can play it off the break. And their hardly has been a liver team right now that trainer Clement and Joe Bravo.

Taking Lexie G. to win at 8-1 or greater and keying her in the multiples first and second with Indulgence (4-1), second of the layup for Marty Wolfson, the competitive figure earner Crimson Glory (6-1), working quickly for Wesley Ward, and the very quick Indian Wife (8-1), making her first start since claimed by Julio Cartegena, a profitable 29 percent in that role.

Running Totals: (816) 258-169-113 Total Dollar Return: $1,787.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, February 24, 2011

I Must Be Trippin’

Yet another turf feature at Gulfstream, this a classified allowances-optional claimer for fillies and mares sprinting five furlongs. Two are especially interesting; Bella Moneta (7-2), back in the barn of 40% Canani, and Trippi’s Sailor (12-1), looking to rebound from a recent off-the-turfer after earning a career best figure.

Not only is the latter among the fastest on the performance figure scale, won her only start on this turf course, and a three-time winner at the distance. More than enough recovery time has passed since her career-best figure. Trainer Peter Gulyas is batting 25% at the meet and the switch to Javier Castellano also rings positive.

Taking Trippi’s Sailor to win at 6-1 or greater and exacta boxes with Bella Moneta and price shot Myakka (12-1)..

Running Totals: (815) 258-169-113 Total Dollar Return: $1,787.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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