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.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Can’t Kid a Kidder

Today’s Belle Cherie Stakes at Belmont Park is interesting given it’s wide open nature, horses in various stages of development coming off layups and freshening, all compounded by the fact that the area is expecting heavy rains through the period. But that shouldn’t adversely effect Kid Kate (6-1) adversely, especially since she’s 3-for-3 in wet going.

It’s not only that but the late developer earned a lifetime best performance figure going a mile at Belmont Park, today’s trip. Add to that the fact that her half mile in :48 termed breezing was second fastest of 82 three-year-old fillies that week, she’s coming off a soft win and was wisely shipped to Belmont before the Spa meet ended, even though she won at the Spa oval. Certainly looks like she’s been pointed this way.

Taking Kid Kate to win at 7-2 or greater and keying her first and second in exactas with Ailelea, Quiet Giant and Beautician.

Running Totals: (737) 239-153-98 Total Dollar Return: $1,649.20 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


This Miss Can Do It All

Today’s Belmont feature is for state-bred fillies and mares sprinting 7 furlongs in the Anniron Stakes, and a very competitive sprint it is.

With any number of these long on performance figures and speed, the ability to handle projected wet footing seems paramount. But in Sapphire Sky (7-2), having the ability to handle the demanding sprint distance on Big Sandy and negotiate wet footing, is a filly that can do all three.

Given that the much improved and very well managed Meese Rock (3-1) is positioned to her inside and is coming off a lifetime best effort, the fresh David Donk trainee should be able to sit a comfortable stalking trip beneath Johnny Velazquez before making a winning move approaching headstretch.

Taking Sapphire Sky to win at 5-2 or greater.

Running Totals: (736) 239-153-98 Total Dollar Return: $1,649.20 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A Wink Gets the Nod

Today’s Parx feature, a non-winners of 3 other-than/optional claimer, is a highly competitive sprint going the hybrid distance of 6-½ furlongs.

Given his “ownership” of this circuit, Todd Got Even (7-2) is a worthy early line favorite with Joe Bravo shipping over for the ride. Based on performance figures, he’s improved since Scott Volk took over his training, and he’s 3-for-7 with horses shipping back to the trainer’s Parx base. He will be a tough out.

But we’re going for the value offered with improving 5-year-old Wink At The Girls (12-1). A four-time winner on this surface, a winner at this distance, he earned his lifetime best at today’s hybrid route and on a wet surface. And considering that Scott Lake is a profitable 23 percent with his turnback and that he attracts perennial Parx leader Frankie Pennington, the price seems too good to pass up.

Taking Wink At The Girls to win at 10-1 or greater, using him in an exacta with Todd Got Even, and in all money positions with the latter, surface lover Movin Out (5-1,) and improving 4-year-old Middle Bank (12-1).

Running Totals: (735) 239-153-98 Total Dollar Return: $1,649.20 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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