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, October 29, 2009

Cool Day, Hot Prospect

Today’s secondary allowances-optional claimer for fillies and mares at six furlongs is interesting, fillies in various stages of development meeting each other at a new meet on the local circuit.

But you’d have to believe that Hold That Prospect, returning from a layoff for Gary Gullo, has been specifically pointed to this spot.

A fresh filly with a strong workout for her return, is 1-for-1 on this surface, owns two wins on wet tracks--if conditions remain the same as Wednesday’s--and attracts Jorge Chavez, a top rider on wet surfaces who has a good rapport with trainer Gullo.

Hold That Prospect, the fastest filly in the lineup on performance figures, looms the speed of the speed.

Taking Hold That Prospect to win at 3-1 or greater and keying her in exotics first and second with River Fancy (5-2), getting class relief here, and the well placed Sneaky Girl (3-1), from a barn that points for the Aqueduct sessions.

Running Totals: (531) 160-106-76 Total Dollar Return: $1,118.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Track Condition Could Prove Key in Big A Feature

The feature that begins the Aqueduct fall meeting is the overnight Proud Truth, named for a Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, the only time that event was held in Queens, New York.

It’s a little five-horse trap with horses in various stages of development, no true speed type and five top riders. Tactics and trip wins this one, a race expected to be contested over a wet track.

Denver (3-1) is in the best position to take advantage of the above conditions. He owns tactical speed, draws the pole with position-conscious Johnny V., and meets horses far more suited to his talented than he’s been facing recently.

But Retriever (2-1) has better performance figures and is at his best at today's longer distance, significantly better. The negative is that he might be up against it on a wet racetrack. It's a tough call.

Taking Retriever to win, no price restrictions, and boxing him in the exacta with Denver.

Running Totals: (530) 160-106-76 Total Dollar Return: $1,118.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Sunday, October 25, 2009

Solid Like Banrock

The final race at Belmont Park, rescheduled from yesterday’s New York Showcase card, features this year’s star of the state-bred ranks, the venerable Banrock (7-5).

Wind him up and he runs fast; keep winding and you’ll bring out all of his class. This is simply one of those horses that refuse to lose.

Add in the fact that nine furlongs hits him between the eyes, he handles any ground and an outside post could actually help in what is expected to be boggy conditions, he becomes, at paper at least, unbeatable to me.

Taking Banrock to win, no price restrictions, and one-way exotics with Kutais (8-1) and Pennington (7-2).

Running Totals: (529) 159-106-76 Total Dollar Return: $1,114.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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