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.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Dana’s Beau a Shore Thing

The short, popular and always interesting abbreviated Atlantic City Race Course meet offers an interesting feature on the all turf card, a starter allowances for fillies and mares 3 & up.

Today’s featured sixth at 5 furlongs yields an interesting opportunity for Dana’s Beau (10-1), making her return from a layup at a distance in which she is a winner of her only start.

Dana’s Beau not only has run well when fresh and owns enough tactical speed to put her in a position to win, but it’s also the time to back trainer Andrew Simoff, who is a profitable 23 percent efficient with returnees from lengthy layup.

Further, Dana’s Beau comes from a key race that produced three subsequent next-out winners and in Anna Napravnik, an efficient position conscious turf rider that understands the value of saving ground. She should have this fresh filly in position throughout.

Taking Dana’s Beau to win and place at 5-1 or greater.

Running Totals: (633) 200-126-89 Total Dollar Return: $1,389.50 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, April 17, 2010

Taking the High Road to Value

Precious little remaining to the 2010 Gulfstream season, and an interesting open turf route for the South Florida weekend warriors.

Today’s Boynton Beach Stakes for three-year-old fillies going a mile has drawn a well match field of eight and it would appear that both favorites, In The Rough (5-2) and Dattt Echo (3-1) deserve the linemaker’s respect.

While these fillies are the most accomplished on turf in this group, it’s Sea Road (6-1), a filly on the come, who’s the most interesting.

Lightly raced, she’s come to hand since going longer on grass and doubtlessly has made a favorable transition from two to three. She has tactical speed and kick, which should put her in this one from the start and enable her to get the jump on her late-running rivals.

Stanley Hough has been on a recent roll and has won with two of his three recent starters here when using Bravo.

Taking Sea Road to win at 9-2 or greater and key boxing her in the exacta with her rivals here.

Running Totals: (632) 199-126-89 Total Dollar Return: $1,380.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, April 16, 2010

Double-Dare You to Beat Striking Dancer at Keeneland Today

Today’s feature as the Keeneland spring meet winds down is the Doubledogdare for fillies and mares 4 & up going 1-1/16 miles on the all-weather.

The fastest horse by definition is Starship Angel (4-1) who’s come into her own this winter on Aqueduct’s winter track, a very impressive winner of a recent restricted stakes after first overcoming trouble. But handicappers do not live by speed figures alone.

Striking Dancer (2-1), meanwhile, is a worthy favorite, having proven her worth in graded company on Santa Anita’s Pro Ride, winning the G2 La Canada this winter.

Those are significant advantages over a filly who lacks the same kind of experience and accomplishment on AW surfaces.

Her recent defeat in which she was beaten less than two lengths by Zenyatta jumps right off the page. She’s poised for a breakthrough performance here

Taking Striking Dancer to win at 8-5 or greater and an exacta box with Starship Angel.

Running Totals: (630) 199-126-88 Total Dollar Return: $1,380.10 [win selections only] {Thursday results not included}

Written by John Pricci


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