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, February 26, 2010

Lemon and Spice and Eveything Nice

Today’s turf feature at Gulfstream Park features a very classy but unreliable favorite in Vacation (3-1). The McGaughey barn has been live at this meet, Leparoux in the boot guaranties patient handling and dropping out of G1s and G3s solidifies his class edge. But he’s better on dirt than on turf, today’s surface. From post 11 at the price, he’s worth trying to beat.

There are a number of sharp rivals in Anarko (6-1), who freaked winning his last, and Sincero (6-1), who will be in this throughout beneath the heady Johnny V. But it’s Lemon Spice (4-1) who loom the most probable winner.

His last two efforts were excellent figure-wise and today’s distance should enable him to fire his best late shot. Javier Castellano is having a great meet, knows how to save ground when he needs to and is adept with late rally types. His recent half-mile breeze was sharp and trainer Bennie Stutz is making the most of his limited opportunities at this meet. The inside post doesn’t hurt.

Taking Lemon Spice to win at 2-1 or greater and keying him first and second in multiples with his rivals here.

Running Totals: (602) 187-123-82 Total Dollar Return: $1,298.70 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, February 25, 2010

Shhh, Want a Good Thing at Tampa?

Today’s feature race brings us to Northern Florida for a preliminary allowances on the grass for older fillies and mares going nine furlongs.

The logical and worthy top contenders are Doctor Carina (3-1), shipping in for Tampa- prolific Tom Proctor and C C Cerada (9-2), from the highly productive grass barn of Chris Block beneath Victor Lebron, profitable with his turf mounts here.

But the interesting filly providing an excellent chance for a score is Whisperer (15-1), from the crafty barn of Joan Scott.

Second in her key race turf debut on this ground more than a year ago, she returned off a long layup recently to take an honestly run dirt event. Subsequently, she’s had three useful works since and the turf meant filly is also strongly bred for the stretchout to a mile and an eighth.

Phil Teator takes the re-ride off the maiden score and the rail draw will enable him to be in this one throughout given the perceived lack of strong pace pressure. Ground-saving plus reasonable fractions and stout pedigree signal potential upset.

Taking Whisperer to win at 8-1 or greater and keying her first and second in the multiples with her listed rivals here.

Running Totals: (601) 187-123-82 Total Dollar Return: $1,298.70 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Deposit Beats a Withdrawal Every Time

The best part of any prestigious race meet is the atypical preliminary allowances y0u come across that’s just so chock full of potential, which describes today’s eighth race at Gulfstream Park for 3 year old fillies going 6-½ furlongs.

There’s early favorite Golden Galleon (7-2) making her first start for former Pletcher assistant Anthony Sciametta Jr. She was impressive, and fast, winning her debut at Aqueduct in December.

Then there’s Successful Song (4-1), dropping down and turning back for Eddie Plesa Jr. Add to that the talented Canadian based Sulis (10-1), making her season’s debut off a fast score in her lone start at 2.

And, finally, Lavender’s Spirit (15-1), turning back into a sprint with a tad of back class and from a barn 31 percent efficient in this scenario.

But it’s Deposit Only (6-1) that interests most. She’s won 2 of 4, losing only when she met the streaking hard hitting stakes filly, Diva Delite at 7 furlongs, and last out when she steadied out of the race on the turn but came on very gamely to finish third in her surface debut.

The extra half-furlong is going to help here and her recent half-mile work at Calder termed breezing will have her on edge, putting her in this one right from the jump along the inside. Elvis Trujillo takes the re-ride.

Taking Deposit Only to win at 5-1 or greater and keying her first and second in all multiple pools with her rivals here.

Running Totals: (600) 187-122-82 Total Dollar Return: $1,298.70 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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