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.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Penna’s Horse?  That’s Cool

Wow, an allowance race with possible Kentucky Derby implications. At this point there’s no way to know which of these will emerge as the season lengthens but this much is clear: Cool Blue Red Hot (4-1) is the way to go today.

His one mile debut at Belmont Park in November was first rate, a nose defeat in fast time with excellent energy distribution. He followed that up with a maiden win, his two turn debut, showing improved early speed and he’s come back to train well since.

Angel Penna Jr. is adept at bringing his runners back with this kind of spacing. The switch to Rajiv Maragh is positive as it appears Penna has aspirations with this colt.

Taking Cool Blue Red Hot to win at 5-2 or greater and keying him first and second in multiples with a pair of fast workers; Beamer (6-1) and Dialed In (7-2).

Running Totals: (795) 257-164-108 Total Dollar Return: $1,781.30 [win selections only] {Thursday results not included}

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Going Rogue

Today’s turf feature at Gulfstream, a “three other than” optional claimer has drawn a strong a diverse field in various stages of their form cycle, yielding so many potential ways to go.

We will opt on the side of horses for a course and who is racing in raging from right now. The only problem is that Rogue Victory (6-1) is coming back on less than two weeks rest.

But once again there appears to be enough pace to set things up nicely for his late kick, which he demonstrated last out. If Castellano elects, he could also gain some decent early position to make his job that much easier. Then it will be up to the rider to split the seam.

Taking Rogue Victory to win and place at 9-2 or greater.

Running Totals: (794) 256-164-108 Total Dollar Return: $1,777.50 [win selections only] {Wednesday results not included}

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Marching Toward the Circle at Gulfstream

When I look at the development pattern of Harrods Creek and then check to see who the connections are, it was no surprise to learn that Bill Mott was calling the shots. Mott’s horses develop incrementally, especially his turf horses.

In today’s mile and a half turf feature at Gulfstream Park, it’s amazing that the early line favorite hasn’t even taken a backward step on performance figures throughout his entire turf career, a virtual impossibility.

Harrods Creek is not even the fastest on figures but between the distance and connections, he’s going to be a tough out despite his ordinary record in this preliminary allowances.

Taking Harrods Creek to win at 2-1 or greater, boxing him first in exactas with nicely developing Zhivago (8-1)

Running Totals: (794) 256-164-108 Total Dollar Return: $1,777.50 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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