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, December 10, 2017

Naipaul the Longer

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Today's optional/allowances feature at Gulfstream Park is very wide open, hence we'll take a runner with some upside as a gelded 4-year-old and offers value on the early line.

Converge (8-1) has excellent late kick when his move is timed properly, he gets significant class relief, a patient rider and won his only start on this course. His style fits the race shape nicely and if good enough...

Taking Converge to win at 6-1 or greater, key-boxing exactas with My Point Exactly (8-1) and Tricked Up (6-1), uncoupled mate of Converge, and adding old pro English Minister (3-1) to the exotics mix.

Number of Selections since 2007: 2412

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 715-483

Amount Wagered: $4,824 [$2 to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $4,873.30

Exacta Finishes All Selections since 2007: .497%

Profit to Date: $49.30

Written by John Pricci


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