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, September 09, 2012

Horses for Courses

Today's Ashley T. Cole is a battle of Horses for Courses Compliance Officer (5-2), a seven time course winner, vs. Street Game, 4-for-5 over the local ground. Compliance Officer never fired at the Spa and the choice surrounding are likely to pick him up. Street Game has tactical speed, the pole and Ramon but must show he's made developmental strides from 2 to 3.

Taking Compliance Officer to win, no price restrictions, an exacta box with his main rival, and adding another course lover, Minnie Punt (6-1), and distance loving Majestic Raffy (12-1), to the super-exotic mix.

Running Totals: (1161) 359-224-174 Total Dollar Return: $2,461.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, September 08, 2012

Shug’s Roll Continues on the (Bowling) Green

Not the greatest way to enter the "Fall Championship" season at Belmont Park, the Grade 2 Bowling Green on turf, but one that attracted only five runners. The battle, unfortuantely, is between the up and coming favorite, Air Support (8-5) from the McGaughey barn that's winning everything green these days, and Brilliant Speed (2-1), who's winless this year but has been campaigned almost exclusively in Grade 1 company.

The dropper just might do it, but we'll take the horse on the rise, Air Support, to win with no price restrictions, an exacta box with his main rival and the interesting Euro import, Brujo De Olleros (10-1), making its local debut after a strong series of works at his Fair Hill base for Graham Motion and Team Valor.

Running Totals: (1160) 358-224-174 Total Dollar Return: $2,456.40 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Monday, September 03, 2012

‘Bobby’ Brings Down the Curtain

Still hard to believe that the Hopeful is a Grade 2. In any event, we like the way Mr. Pletcher has managed Shanghai Bobby (7-2) and what we like more is that the Starlight colt has experience; two races in which he has yet to taste defeat.

He broke his maiden in April then ran in a listed stakes at Belmont, the Track Barron, and nearly put the lights out with his speed. He's been given more than enough recuperative time and will meet some tough rivals, namely G2 Sanford winner Bern Identity and impressive maiden breaker Fortify (4-1), from the white hot Goldolpin/McLaughlin team.

We'll need 5-2 on 'Bobby' to seal this deal the right way; key boxing with his two rivals here.

Running Totals: (1158) 357-224-173 Total Dollar Return: $2,450.10 [win selections only] {Sunday results not included}

Written by John Pricci


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