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, July 16, 2011

Today, I’d Rather Be Lucky than Grace

Even if I didn’t believe that she was going to hand her rival that first loss of the year, I would have been rooting for Blind Luck (7-5) to win the storied Delaware Handicap anyway. It’s not very often these days that a trainer will take is horse cross country to meet a rival that has a significant edge--in freshness, spacing and emphasis as Harve De Grace (4-5) enjoys today.

But since the witch to Garrett Gomez, Blind Luck has gotten back to herself, and just as her rival snatched victory from defeat’s jaws at Oaklawn, so did Blind Luck in the Vanity Handicap in her latest start. Now here she is, 28 days later, looking to take a 3-2 series lead on Havre De Grace. The outside post, two tiny pounds and a tactical advantage that sees her rival stalking and her making the last successful late run. Can’t wait to see it!

Taking Blind Luck to win, no price restriction, and a cold exacta with Harve De Grace. May the best filly win.

Running Totals: (892) 280-180-123 Total Dollar Return: $1,940.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, July 15, 2011

Turn Back and Go Forward

Today’s Belmont feature, the Sometime Thing restricted stakes for 3 year old fillies at 7 furlongs, is interesting despite the short field.

In her last start, the Grade 1 Acorn, G3 Eight Belles winner Victoria’s Wildcat (4-1) appeared a tad uncomfortable on the sealed wet track from her inside post Belmont day.

Previously, she came roaring home to win the aforementioned Eight Belles at today’s distance on the Kentucky Derby undercard. Kent Desormeaux is back for the re-ride and trainer Bobby Hess is profitable with his route to sprint turnbacks.

Taking Victoria’s Wildcat to win at 3-1 or greater and boxing her in the exacta with Savvy Supreme (5-2), who showed run-off speed in the Acorn. Likely more relaxed turning back in this spot.

Running Totals: (891) 280-180-122 Total Dollar Return: $1,940.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Divine Inspiration

Today’s Belmont feature is a secondary allowance-optional claimers for older fillies and mares sprinting 7 furlongs on the turf and is marks the season’s debut of the talented Connie and Michael (5-2), who ran well in her lone grass start at 3 and finished second in the G1 Mother Goose, which speaks to her class.

It also makes the U.S. debut of Forest Crown (3-1), who had Group stakes experience in Dubai and makes first start for trainer Chad Brown, a profitable scenario. But the interesting filly to us is In Te Domine (6-1).

In her last start, her first of the year, she appeared rank and was steadied repeatedly, losing any chance. She should be a lot more settled in her second start and the state-bred stakes winning filly is nicely drawn inside and gets a switch to Eddie Castro for Linda Rice, who figures to be heating up any minute now as the Spa approaches. She's been working purposefully.

Taking In Te Domine to win at 5-1 or greater and keying her first and second with the two favorites.

Running Totals: (890) 280-180-122 Total Dollar Return: $1,940.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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