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.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Mining for Gold

Today’s Gulfstream feature, showing allowance fillies and mares going a mile and a sixteenth on the turf course, presents a rare opportunity; backing a horse that has a bit more than a puncher’s chance to score at a big price.

At least, that’s the promise with Miner’s Tune, rated at 20-1 on the early line.

Her record is modest, hence the odds, but her only win came for this trainer on this course and at this distance. Further, her two best performance figures were earned on this course, the other at this distance.

The only unknown is the rider as Paco Lopez is named. Oh how I wish, but he’ll be out some time with a broken elbow suffered in the horrific spill that resulted in Eibar Coa fracturing his C-4 vertebrae.

Taking Miner’s Tune to win at 15-1 or greater and keying her in all money positions with Cosset (6-1), Suroof (7-2) and Blue Angel (4-1).

Running Totals: (814) 258-169-113 Total Dollar Return: $1,787.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Monday, February 21, 2011


If it weren’t for the fact that trainer Nick Canani bats 33 percent with horses returning from layups of 90 days or more, we probably wouldn’t give Savemyspotimbeting (5-2) in today’s Gulfstream sprint feature, run as the second race.

But Canani is training, Frank Calabrese is owning and the four-year-old ran faster as a three-year-old than most of these have run as elders. But it’s how he ran fast that was eye-opening; excellent energy distribution, and he’s working well for his return.

Taking Savemyspotimbeting to win at 2-1 or greater and keying him first and second with the very sharp, albeit a bounce candidate, Candyman E. (3-1), and Catalan, who needed his season’s debut in a G3 and now drops to proper level.

Running Totals: (813) 258-168-113 Total Dollar Return: $1,787.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Belle Watling Looks Like the Very One

The Grade 3 The Very One is important regardless of how it turns out at the windows. This race is about one horse, highly regarded at that, a Chilean filly, the 5 year old Belle Watling (3-1), which makes her a North American 4 year old.

What’s not confusing his her record. She was favored in her last eight starts, winning them all. In fact, she’s 13 for 16 lifetime, eight on turf, five on dirt. She’s working bullets for Patrick Biancone who can get one ready, of course, and the filly goes first Lasix.

The filly to beat is Keertana (9-5), a narrowly beaten third in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf and prepped for this with a recent comeback win at Tampa. The other sharp American is Changing Skies (8-5), the Bill Mott trained 6 year old who really came into her own last season.

I’m willing to roll the dice on the Chilean filly, at 5-2 or greater, keying her first and second in the trifecta with the other two mares.

Running Totals: (812) 258-168-113 Total Dollar Return: $1,787.90 [win selections only

Written by John Pricci


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