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, June 23, 2011

And Sophia Shall Lead Them

If the size of the purse is a measure--and it is--today’s feature race completes the early double. In its zeal to boost handle in the late Pick 4, will the association continue to run these races earlier and earlier on the program. What’s next for the supposed best horses on the card, betless exhibitions?

Clearly Sophia (9-5) has some issues, this being only the seventh lifetime start for the five year old. But the good news this is her third start this year and she’s coming back on three weeks rest. The inference is that she must be doing very well.

What may seem like a lot of shipping might only be a series of preps. Based at Fair Hill, Steve Klesaris has shipped her to Charles Town and Delaware now shows up here dropping into a second allowances-optional claimer for $50,000. Looming the main speed with an outside draw in a small field, go-to rider David Cohen is named. She can handle any footing.

Taking Sophia to win at early line odds and keying her in exacta boxes with fast working Summer Laugh (2-1), from the hot Pletcher-Velazquez team, and Malibu Moon Dance (6-1), a distance specialist working swiftly at her base for a good ship-in barn adept with layups.

Running Totals: (879) 277-180-120 Total Dollar Return: $1,920.40 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Lady’s Man Makes a Score

If playing the class game in today’s Belmont Park feature, a non-winners of 3 other-than optional claimer, you’re likely to land on either Todd Pletcher’s streaking, fast working Dark Thunder (7-5) or the significant class dropper Safety Check (2-1).

But we’re going totally contrarian here with a horse that earned a competitive performance figure last out, exiting a race that produced two next-out winners. Trainer Gary Gullo does good work with claimers that he gets good--they tend to stay good. And with his early speed and outside draw in a five-horse field, we have no problem throwing deep with a horse that’s 2-for-2 over Big Sandy.

Taking W W.’s Lady’s Man (10-1) to win at 8-1 or greater, and key boxing him in exactas with both solid favorites.

Running Totals: (878) 277-180-120 Total Dollar Return: $1,920.40 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, June 18, 2011

She’s Awesome Baby

Awesome Maria (7-5) is having, well, an awesome 4-year-old season. She’s improved from her promising 3-year-old year, loves the surface and the distance. She’s done it all, except win a Grade 1. Despite toting highweight of 124 pounds, that ends today in the Ogden Phipps.

The filly she and the rest must beat is Breeders’ Cup Distaff champion Unrivaled Belle (2-1), who was the .65-cent favorite to win this race last year but ran into a sharp Todd Pletcher trainer named Life At Ten, who won the Phipps then--you know the rest, right?

For Bill Mott, it will de déjà vu all over again, falling victim to a sharp Pletcher filly.

Taking Awesome Maria, no price restrictions, and a cold exacta with Unrivaled Belle.

Running Totals: (877) 276-180-120 Total Dollar Return: $1,917.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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