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, May 13, 2010

Throwing Deep in the Feature

Interesting turf feature at Belmont Park, a preliminary allowances for fillies, 3 year olds, 1-1/16th miles.

Here are my trip notes for Exiled Princess from her last on dirt, AQU 041610: "Big middle move in no-pace mile, going from pull to drive, head to head on rail far turn, very gamely rail stretch!"

She broke her maiden on turf three starts back at Gulfstream, so she handles the grass, and her dirt run should give her conditioning. She’d be the play on either surface. Did we mention she was 20-1 on the early line?

Taking Exiled Princess to win at 15-1 or greater, an exacta box with the fastest filly on performance figures, two-sided turf bred Protesting (5-1), and adding price shot Doe Run--if she breaks in from the also-eligibles--plus, on the Equiform performance scale, the very competitive Vee (5-1), Rumpus Room (6-1) and Rhys (10-1).

Running Totals: (647) 204-131-90 Total Dollar Return: $1,425.50 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Potential Trip Trumps Speed in Belmont Feature

What an interesting feature today at Belmont Park, a highly competitive allowance sprint for some hard hitting fillies and mares at the demanding 6-½ furlong distance.

The fastest, both out of the gate and on performance figures, clearly is Saarlight (8-5), who loves the hybrid distance and is well drawn outside in a 7-horse field.

And as a newly turned 4-year-old she has a right to improve, if indeed she doesn’t have issues as evidence by two recent layoff periods.

The logical filly, meanwhile, is D’ Wild Ride (2-1), who absolutely loves the trip [2-for-3] and is 1-for-1 at Belmont Park. The only knock would appear to be the most, although Javier Castellano has been pushing all the correct riding buttons of late.

But the play for us is the potential value, state-bred Sapphire Sky (3-1) with Johnny Velazquez. And talk about riding a horse like he owns it, JR has been aboard for all three wins dating back to May of 2009.

The filly has enough speed to stalk from fairly close range and her outside slip allows Velazquez to see what his major rivals are doing.

Taking Sapphire Sky to win at 7-2 or greater and keying her first and second in exactas with her rivals here. Trifecta players can add price shot R Betty Graybull (8-1) to their mix.

Running Totals: (646) 203-131-90 Total Dollar Return: $1,417.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Promising Soph Takes on Elders in Delaware Feature

Interesting allowance feature at Delaware Park today for three-year-olds and up going a mile and a sixteenth.

Would not object strenuously to those who prefer the Todd Pletcher shipper--yes, he’s everywhere--Alma D’Oro (8-5). He fastest on performance figures, proven at the distance and has a maturity edge over his main rival, 3-year-old Laus Dao (2-1).

But the Tony Dutrow trainee impressed us the last time we saw him, proving best to win the Count Fleet Stakes in his first start at 3 in January.

He set a moderate pace but he was hounded all he way and still had little difficulty holding rivals safe in the lane. Now he hasn’t started since but Dutrow is 26 percent efficient with layups of 90 days-plus and the rail post will help him ward off challenges from he other speed types signed on.

With added maturity and proven class, he should be up to these in his return to the races. As David Cohen has taken the call on the favorite, Jeremy Rose should prove a more than adequate replacement.

Taking Laus Deo at early line odds of 2-1 or greater and an exacta box with Alma D’oro. Trifecta players can add price shot Toby The Coal Man (8-1) to their mix.

Running Totals: (645) 203-130-90 Total Dollar Return: $1,417.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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