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.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Blinkers Will Help Court Vision Find Winners’ Circle

Today’s featured Kelso at one mile on what surely will be soft turf features Court Vision (4-5) turning back to a mile while adding blinkers. He’s won with blinkers before, but he’s never gone postward for Rick Dutrow before. He’s a deep closer on soft ground, but he’s also a Grade 1 performer against lesser.

Taking Court Vision to win, no price restrictions, and a cold exacta with Yield Bogey (8-1) from the suddenly white hot Pat Kelly barn.

Running Totals: (517) 154-106-73 Total Dollar Return: $1,040.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, October 03, 2009

This Road Leads to the Winners’ Circle

The big Grade 1 of the day, the 10 furlong Jockey Club Gold Cup, should be a trip handicapper's dream. Quality Road lacked conditioning when third in the Travers, coming from a single sprint in his only start in five months. Further, the track was wet and he was racing along the deeper inside portion of the Saratoga oval. We're taking him to turn the tables on Summer Bird but won't be obstinate about it. We''ll try to get Asiatic Boy, coming off a New Pace Top, into the number and lay Macho Again today, who we believe is set up for a regression.

Taking Quality Road to win at 2-1 or greater, keying him first and second in exotics with his rivals here.

Running Totals: (516) 154-105-73 Total Dollar Return: $1,040.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, October 02, 2009

From Russia With Love

Today’s nominal feature is the Shopin Love for state-bred fillies going one mile on the Widener turf course.

Listen up, we’re not playing loose with your money. When many of the fillies entered here last ran at Saratoga, we had plenty to say (check archives, Woodward day at Saratoga).

We commented how the winner, Mother Russia, won because no one else seemed to want to. Four of them are running back here: Our Golden Dream, Exclusive Scheme, Mother Russia and Akilina.

If you look at the short comments in any major past performance disseminator, this is what you will read:

Fourth finisher Our Golden Dream: “chased winner in hand.”

Third finisher Exclusive Scheme: “in hand, split rivals.”

Akilina: “firm hold on rail”

Winner Mother Russia: “uncontested, in hand.”

Every wiseguy at Belmont Park will have an opinion on this race: On the blind, I’m picking Mother Russia to repeat, using the seldom employed Wise Guy Double Reverse Angle!

Taking Mother Russia, don’t care about the price, boxing her in the exacta with, who else, Exclusive Scheme.

Running Totals: (515) 154-105-72 Total Dollar Return: $1,040.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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