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, December 14, 2017

No Foolin, Take Walder Turfer

Anyone tethered to the game already knows about the Lilac fire that engulfed the San Luis Rey training center, now claiming up to 66 equine lives, as of this writing, and injured two horsemen, one seriously, the other critically.


If you've ever gotten lucky and cashed a ticket or two here, please contribute to the expenses suffered by the first responders and those less fortunate horsemen who have lost their charges, perhaps even their homes. The grooms and hot-walkers that were affected need help immediately.

I only ask that if you decide to help, we suggest perhaps donating your usual betting unit: If you're a $2 bettor, that's fine. If you're able to bet $10 or $20, seriously consider making a bet on the people who make the game go. If you can afford even more, God bless you.

If we weren't so passionate about what we do, we would be doing something else. So, please, let's help our fellow horse lovers who have given and lost so much.

The relief effort is going-on. Please visit set up by The Stronach Group, Santa Anita Park and the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club at the address above.

Thus far, over $600,000 has been raised. Thank you, but please continue to help. Backstretch workers are still in need of many of life's basic goods.


By highest purse today's sprint feature would be our featured race of the day but we're opting for the co-feature, a turf two-turner with a sizable field and competitive on paper.

Having said that, we'll opt for early line choice Just Foolin' Around (7-2) because there's a chance close to those odds are an off-time possibility.

This optional allowance for Florida-breds at the NW1/N2L lifers may be up against it vs. the Walder trainee, a five time winner. With good spacing, the pole, dynamics and Jaramillo, he figures to be a tough out.

Taking Just Foolin' Around to win at 3-1 or greater and key-boxing exactas with sharp Without Remorse (8-1), getting Luca, and versatile He's the One (4-1), who goes well for Saez.


Number of Selections since 2007: 2415

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 717-483

Amount Wagered: $4,830 [$2 to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $4,891.90

Exacta Finishes All Selections since 2007: 49.6%

Profit to Date: $61.90

Written by John Pricci


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