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.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Gentle Giants Need Not Apply

If purse money is the measure, there are three Belmont features to choose but we'll take the Basket Weave for 3YOs going 1-1/16 miles on turf where a solid case can be made for six of the nine grass entrants. And in today's 9th race, we're going for the gusto with state-bred West Hills Giant (12-1), a colt that was toughened this spring on the classics trail.

Training with purpose for the last six weeks after making a strong effort in the Stallion Stakes at Saratoga, he owns the right blend of tactical speed and kick to upset a group that's long on early pace. Trainer John Terranova is a profitable 31% effective in non-graded stakes and the colt goes very well beneath Edgar Prado.

Taking West Hills Giant to win at 8-1 or greater and key boxing in exactas with undefeated Calm Pacific (5-1) and Joha (7-2), getting class relief here.

Number of Selections since May, 2007: 1412

Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 431-267-214

Amount Wagered: $2,824 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $2,9230.60

Profit to Date: $106.60

Written by John Pricci


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