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.

Monday, August 09, 2010

Changing Skies Goes All the Waya

Today’s feature for older fillies and mares at 12 furlongs on the grass is the Waya Stakes, an overnighter attracting a field of nine. The bad news is that it’s hard to imagine anyone other than early favorite Changing Skies (9-5) winding up in the charmed circle.

Tested in graded company, she passed muster, winning the G3 The Very One with seconds in the Bewitch and G2 New York Handicap. Reuniting with Kent Desormeaux and stretching out to a marathon, her best distance, she owns versatility and has no preference for any particular type of footing. Her half-mile breeze in :48 4/5 will have her in this from the start.

Taking Changing Skies with no price restrictions, keying her in the multiples with Casablanca Style (2-1) and Ballynoe (12-1).

Running Totals: (702) 226-144-97 Total Dollar Return: $1,578.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Sunday, August 08, 2010

Lots of Big Drama in Today’s Vanderbilt

Today’s feature is a beauty, the Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt at six furlongs. Obviously, there are some extremely fast horses in this matchup, principally Gayego (4-1), Big Drama (3-1) and Simply perfection (3-1).

The class of the field, in terms of accomplishment is G1 winner Bribon, the Met Mile hero.

Our perseverance is for Big Drama. Four-for-four at the distance and consistently fast, if not fastest, the only thing lacking on his resume is a Grade 1. By no means will this be easy, but that drought ends today.

Big Drama has all the tools needed. He’s a weight carrier, has enough tactical speed to get into the mix naturally, can kick, and comes in toting bullets for a trainer that’s profitable lifetime with repeaters. ‘Drama’ won the recent G2 Smile on Calder’s Summit of Speed program.

Taking Big Drama to win at 5-2 or greater and keying him first and second in exactas with his rivals listed here.

Running Totals: (701) 226-143-97 Total Dollar Return: $1,578.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, August 07, 2010

Shooting for Exacta Value

Today’s Feature is the storied Grade 1 Whitney Invitational Handicap and it’s attracted the best older male in training. We expect that Quality Road (2-5) will keep to the task, extending his unbeaten record for 2010.

The four-year-old is simply too fast for this group and is more than capable of spotting his major rivals anywhere from five to 10 pounds. Post time odds will be perilously close to the early line quote.

The value in this race will be in the exacta and with the extremely talented Blame being the steam horse in this event, we believe that Musket Man (6-1), who was second to Quality Road in the G1 Met Mile, is fresh and primed for another good effort. Blame might be the second best horse on paper but it’s worth trying to beat him in the exacta.

If you must, take Quality Road to win with no price restrictions and make a cold exacta with Musket Man for second.

Running Totals: (700) 226-142-97 Total Dollar Return: $1,578.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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