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, November 20, 2009

Looking Sassy in the Feature

Maybe the only way for the competition in today’s Monarch’s Maze overnight stakes to beat the uncoupled Christophe Clement entry if for the race to get rained off the turf. Otherwise, it will be difficult for any of Grassy’s rivals, even Bittel Road (3-1), to abort this three-year-old’s development.

Grassy (9-5) has made four lifetime starts and performance figure-wise never has taken a backward step. He has handled any footing, was very competitive last time with stronger than he meets here, reunites with Dominguez, his winning partner two back.

Most significantly, however, his development has been incremental, making a bounce less likely, and the spacing is perfect. Bittel Road, meanwhile, is very talented, also owns turf figures that are forward looking, but is coming off a long layup, giving him the look of a horse that is using this spot for an upcoming Florida campaign. Still, there’s no denying his talent.

Taking Grassy to win at 7-5 or greater and boxing him in the exacta with Bittel Road and uncoupled mate, Golden Mexico (5-1).

Running Totals: (546) 167-107-78 Total Dollar Return: $1,158.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, November 19, 2009

Nothing Could Be Finah Than to Cash on My Dinah

Today’ Aqueduct feature, the Love Is Eternal at a mile for state-bred fillies three-year-olds and up. Distance and position should determine the outcome here but for My Dinah (5-1) to complete the job, she’ll have to run down the streaking Rightly So (5-2), who’s stretching out another furlong in search of her firth consecutive win.

My Dinah comes into this off a second to the early line favorite showing improved pace, a cyclical top, after earning a performance figure three back that would boss this group. She has conditioning, tactical speed, and outer position next to the speedy favorite which should secure a comfortable stalking trip. The low profile connections should insure value in this spot.

Taking My Dinah to win at 5-1 or greater and an exacta box with Rightly So.

Running Totals: (545) 167-107-78 Total Dollar Return: $1,158.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Clement Has Himself to Beat

Today’s Flitalong Stakes, an overnight affair for fillies and mares on the Aqueduct turf at 1-1/16th miles appears to be at the mercy of Christophe Clement, who has two excellent chances to win this event. But you might want price to persuade you on which one since this stable entry is uncoupled. Problem is they both look great for different reasons.

Akilina (3-1) never has taken a backward step on grass in five lifetime starts on the surface, an uncommon occurrence. Her best performance figure came last out at today’s distance, the spacing is good, the improvement incremental and Rajiv Maragh has found his way into the circle four times on this miss.

The one to beat, however, is her mate Denomination (7-2), which, following an even effort in a West Coast Grade 1, had no place to run in her Eastern debut, the one mile Pebbles at Belmont Park, trapped badly anytime she had an opportunity to make a winning run. She drawn outside here, which could be of some benefit, and Ramon Dominguez will be trying to make amends here.

Taking Denomination to win at 5-2 or greater, an exacta box with Akilina, and a key in multiple pools, adding price shot Our Golden Dream to the exotics mix.

Running Totals: (544) 167-106-78 Total Dollar Return: $1,158.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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