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, January 01, 2009

Bear Market in the New Year

Due to technical difficulties, today's complete analysis of the New York feature race is unavailable. We apologize for the inconvenience and normal feature race coverage will resume Friday.

The play is taking Coli Bear to win at 3-1 or greater and keying her first and second in exactas with Zada Belle and Intentional Fever.

Running Totals: (335) 100-70-45. Total Dollar Return: $699.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, December 31, 2008

If Only Kipling Can Get a Good Trip…

The 2008 NYRA racing season comes to a close with the 13-furlong Gallant Fox Handicap and today’s renewal is fairly inscrutable. The horses with the best performance figures are questionable at the distance; the marathon specialists are a tad slow. So, who gets the trip.

Likely post time favorite Delosvientos seems to need the lead, is certainly fast enough, but may not have a sufficient pace ability to gain a clear lead. Not only does he should 124 pounds but recent was a program scratch in the Coyote Lakes prep for this. And there’s the layup, sometimes good and sometimes not so much.

A horse with excellent company lines and purposeful works for this is the classy ship-in Jade’s Revenge for Graham Motion and Jeremy Rose. He has tactical speed, an enviable record at the route and is very likely to be stalking comfortably as he’s suited nice by the potential race shape.

Newest super trainer Michael Maker, 30 percent efficient and a flat-bet profit for the season, is certainly fast enough and Maker reaches out for big-race Alan Garcia to ride Turfway shipper Canela. He has no form at the distance but the horses of super trainers never seem to tire, so who knows? And there’s the sharp Coyote Lakes winner Lorrcan who’s never been better than right now and can work out a similar good trip which helped him win that marathon prep.

Gary Contessa has a pair in here, the quick Malibu Moonshine who’s freshness might find him contesting the pace while mate Lord Kipling is working out a good trip beneath Ramon Dominguez. He has tactical speed, is another that suit’s the pace scenario here, and should benefit from his recent start off a layup following Contessa’s claim. A true marathoner, he showed a liking for the track when second to Lorrcan and worked sharp subsequently. He appears to have the most upside in this head-scratcher.

Taking Lord Kipling to win at 4-1 or greater and keying first and second in exactas with Jade’s Revenge and Canela.

Running Totals: (334) 100-69-45. Total Dollar Return: $699.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Sunday, December 28, 2008

Run With the Mate

What today’s Alex M Robb for state-breds lacks in box office it more than makes up for in competitiveness. This is one excellent betting race and we pray we can take advantage. Horses of interest are Run With The Lark (10-1), Get Serious (5-1), Icabad Crane (9-2) and That’srightofficer (3-1).

That’srightofficer keeps running his race but keeps finishing second--in his last four attempts--the last two, however, coming in the Empire Classic and Grade 3 open Discovery. Read tougher than he meets here. Edgar Prado’s coming in for the assignment and both will need to overcome the outside post going two turns.

Icabad Crane, of course, was stakes placed in the Preakness and won his only start on the Aqueduct winter track last season. He comes off a sharp prep for this at one mile on the main track and figures to benefit from the added distance and second turn. Jeremy Rose, successful on the Graham Motion three-year-old before, also ships in for the ride.

Get Serious appears to be the only horse in the care of John Forbes right now and he’s certainly doing well with this runner. The four-year-old gelding has really come to hand and his last in the restricted, open Alysheba at the Meadowlands was a lifetime best effort, faster than anything in here has run. Six weeks should provide amply recovery time and a wet track would help.

Run With The Lark is the uncoupled mate of the early line favorite, always an intriguing proposition, especially at early line odds. His last over the track was excellent, he has put good efforts back to back in the past, has an excellent back figure that’s comparable to Get Serious’ last race and Rajiv Maragh takes the re-ride after winning his only start aboard the five year old last out. He’s a four-time winner on this surface.

Taking Run With The Lark to win at 8-1 or greater and keying him in trifecta money positions with his three rivals here.

Running Totals: (333) 100-69-45. Total Dollar Return: $699.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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