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.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Cowboy Up in Queens County

Today’s Queens County has a small but interesting field, providing an opportunity to beat the favorite(s).

There are two choices of which Modern Cowboy (5-2) looms the most probable winner. As a late developing three-year-old, this horse keeps marching forward and, despite the rise in class, there’s no reason for that trend to stop here.

Owning tactical speed and kick and nicely drawn in this short field given the pace dynamics, I expect Johnny V. will sit covered up behind the speed until ready.

And, as this is mid-December, getting at least six pounds from the major contenders is not insignificant. Todd Pletcher seldom gets overly aggressive and when he shows confidence, as he is doing here, expect a strong effort.

Taking Modern Cowboy to win at 2-1 or better and key boxing him first and second in exactas and trifectas with sharp, New Pace Top Seniors Pride (8-1) and the classy Arson Squad (8-5) from the rail for Dutrow and Dominguez.

Running Totals: (776) 248-161-107 Total Dollar Return: $1,729.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, December 09, 2010

Neon Lights Are Bright

Hate when things appear to be this cut and dry, as things seldom are. But I just can’t get passed Song Of Broadway (5-2), the early line and probable post time favorite in today’s Big A feature, a three-quarter mile sprint for state-bred females.

For openers, there’s a plethora of speed that fits this fillies off-the-pace style. She owns the best performance figure in the races, is sharp, seeking her third straight win, and was re-claimed by trainer Linda Rice from her latest. Cornelio Velasquez has ridden her in all her starts.

No choice but to take Song Of Broadway to win, no price restrictions, key-boxing her first and second in exactas with the super sharp and quick Jacky Juice (4-1), and Myrtle’s Gray (8-1), who showed some promise last seen and is working strongly for new trainer, David Duggan.

Running Totals: (775) 248-161-107 Total Dollar Return: $1,729.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, December 08, 2010

We Need VLTs, Today More Than Ever

Excited about today’s Big A feature, not that I have an inside track on the winner of this NW2-optional claiming state-bred sprint for fillies and mares, 3 & up, or because it features some proven superstar, but because I supposed to take money out of this race. The problem is how.

In this full field, I left seven of these fillies open, and hard a hard time whittling it down, given one scenario and another. So I donned my old harness hat, tried to plot the race, and the most likely trip-out filly with the figures to compete effectively is We Need V T Ls (5-1).

I figured the best way to take money out, win bet at fair odds notwithstanding, is to key this filly who’s made four lifetime starts, three on turf, and one promising main track effort at 7 furlongs, one in which she posted a highly competitive 6-furlong internal figure.

Given that, an outside post in a speed-laden field, and reuniting with Ramon Dominguez, a good trip sitting behind the speed seems assured. At least that’s the way we drew it up.

Taking We Need V L Ts to win at 7-2 or greater, keying boxing her first and second in exactas, and third in Dime Supers, with Rudy claim Sorority Sister (8-1), inner-loving speedster Yo Yo Karakorum (15-1), hard-trying Laylaben (6-1), fast-figure favorite Devilish Spirit (3-1), classy hot-barn returnee Opus A. (7-2), hot-barn inner-lover Citifiesta (30-1), and solid late-running price shot Raffie’s Rose (10-1).

Running Totals: (775) 248-161-106 Total Dollar Return: $1,729.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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