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, March 02, 2011

Seeking the Gold

Today’s Gulfstream feature, according to class level, is the fifth race, a starter allowances for older horses going 1-1/16th miles on the grass.

We don’t usually look to back the old pros but Monashee Gold (12-1) is just too tempting. A distance specialist, he’s won four of eight starts at this trip and is 1-for-3 over this ground.

The most intriguing part, however, is that his best performance figure came on this course in the past.

The eight year old gelding is making his second start off a layup, his first in which he raced evenly behind today’s favorite, the worthy Paster’s Bad Habit (3-1). With sufficient speed signed on and with some improvement, the Dale Romans charge has price shot possibilities.

Taking Monashee Gold to win at 10-1 or greater, an exacta box with the favorite, and adding Lighthouse Sound (4-1) and Seeyouinthecity (6-1) to the exotic mix.

Running Totals: (819) 258-171-113 Total Dollar Return: $1,787.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, February 26, 2011

Zifzaf I Was Takin’ a Bath

Today’s Gulfstream feature is a real challenge. The Grade 3 Canadian Turf Handicap features a lot of quality horses returning from lay-ups, and therein lies the problem.

So let’s keep it simple and take one of those, Zifzaf (4-1), who’s both fast and talented.

And the five year old gelding is training up a storm at Payson Park, has excellent performance figures, classy lines and has done some of his best running at today’s distance.

Owning tactical speed and an inside draw, Javier Castellano can place him where he wants as he can stalk or finish from behind.

Taking Zifzaf to win at 3-1 or greater and keying him first and second in the exotics with Society’s Chairman (6-1), Nicanor (8-1), Twilight Meteor (8-1), Yankee Fourtune (3-1) and Rogue Victory (8-1).

Running Totals: (818) 258-171-113 Total Dollar Return: $1,787.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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


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