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.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Getting Aggressive with Sunday Blitz

For a six horse field, it’s another interesting feature at Belmont Park, for three-year-old and up sprinting six furlongs in a preliminary starter allowance.

No Fly Zone (3-1) ships in from Delaware with superior figures since the Pecoraro claim but he will be meeting tougher, will be pressured on the lead, and rates to regress off two recent big top efforts. Further, he expects to attract much mutuel play.

The most interesting of these is Sunday Blitz (4-1), coming from a race that’s produced two next out winners and shipping down from Woodbine for Steve Klesaris.

Since his most recent start, he sports a pair of sharp blowouts at the owner-trainer’s Fair Hill base, attracts Jose Lezcano, ran as fast as most of these at 2 and his versatile style and outside post could suit him very nicely in this spot.

Taking Sunday Blitz to win at 7-2 or greater and keying him first and second in exactas with multiple winner and recent claim King Andrew (7-2) and likely trip-sitter Drink At Last Call (5-2). Trifecta players can add No Fly Zone to their mix.

Running Totals: (671) 213-136-94 Total Dollar Return: $1,478.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

It’s Magic

The feature race at Belmont Park, such as it is, is not all that interesting--unless we can fashion some exotic filler, that is.

Magic Lion (5-2) is a worthy favorite and most probable winner. He’s been the fastest on paper most recently, owns an impressive score over the track, and goes first time off the Chad Brown claim, a variable that’s 26% and profitable since the young man has struck out on his own.

Further, he looks to be the dominant, and possibly lone, speed and Rajiv Maragh certainly doesn’t hurt his chances. The main danger looms Harmonizer (2-1), coming of two good seconds since switching to the Mike Maker shed who excels with horses going long. So does partner Ramon Dominguez.

Taking Magic Lion to win at 2-1 or greater, an exacta box with Harmonizer, and adding Long Jump (4-1), coming out fresh for Christophe Clement who’s 2-for-2 recently using Cornelio Velasquez and Show Trial (20-1), on a great performance-figure line and rates to fill out a worthy trifecta.

Running Totals: (670) 212-136-94 Total Dollar Return: $1,475.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Delaware Feature Upsetter Tiz Miz Sue

Today’s feature at Delaware Park is a competitive six horse field that offers some value because of the presence of a Todd Pletcher-trained favorite, Union Waters (9-5).

Pletcher’s 25 profitable going short to long and the filly certainly has enough pedigree to get today’s mile and 70 yards. But those factors virtually guarantee she will be an underlay in the straight pool.

Meanwhile, Tiz Miz Sue is battled tested going long, having run in three Grade 3 routes, two on dirt, including an excellent placing at this level two back before trying the grass unsuccessfully.

But that’s the good news since trainer Steve Hobby is 2-for-3 recently going turf to dirt and Terry Thompson is on the re-ride. Her performance figures going long are among the fastest in the group.

Taking Tiz Miz Sue to win at 2-1 or greater, boxing her in the exacta with Union Waters, and adding Thundering Rose (6-1), from the sharp ship-in barn of Larry Horning, to the trifecta mix.

Running Totals: (669) 211-136-94 Total Dollar Return: $1,470.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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