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, July 04, 2013

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Several added money events on the holiday card with the G3 Poker at one mile on turf for males the main attraction.

Clearly, Data Link (6-5) is a deserving low-priced favorite. He was second by a length to Wise Dan in the G1 Makers 46 Mile, that placing added to his three wins in 7 turf trips. But he's not won at Belmont Park and totes 123 pounds.

Competition comes from Christophe Clement's hard-trying NYB-bred Lubash (5-1), the extremely sharp course loving King Kreesa (4-1) a winner of half his 6 starts on this course and half of his 4 starts at the distance.

The interesting runner is Upgrade (10-1), with Johnny Velazquez for the under-appreciated Michelle Nihei. Beaten by 5 lengths in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint, he was a good third in a Canadian G2 last out, he owns 3 exacta finishes including a win over the course and is a three-time winner at the distance in nine starts with two runner-up finishes.

Still, we must take the favorite, no price restrictions, and an exacta key-box first and second with Upgrade and King Kreesa. Exotic players can add Howe Great (6-1) off a trainer change and the presence of Rosario to their mix..

Number of Selections since May, 2007: 1343

Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 410-254-207

Amount Wagered: $2,686 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $2,813.40

Profit to Date: $127.40

Written by John Pricci


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