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, July 08, 2012

Clement Works His Magic in the Voodoo Dancer

At first glance, today’s featured 9th race Voodoo Dancer for fillies and mares going a mile on the turf appears to be a two-horse betting affair on paper, and further scrutiny reveals the same conclusion.

Put another way, of course, the uncoupled Clement-trained, Dominguez ridden Fontley (2-1), a timely winner of her U. S. debut could easily repeat in today’s Voodoo Dancer.

Virtually anything Clement has been sending out these days has a big chance.

But in this spot we prefer Fontley’s mate Wallis (5-1), and apparently so does Jose Lezcano, who rode both fillies last time out and jumps off a winner for the Grade 1 Just A Game also-ran.

Lezcano apparently is assuming, as are we that Wallis has more upside going into today’s event. Making her first start off a lengthy absence, Wallis was stoutly restrained while setting the pace, a tack that worked against her when the important running began.

With that one under her belt, she should be much more settled for her return vs. a more moderate group; her back-figures indicate as much.

For her part, La Cloche (7-2), second to Fontley in her recent season’s debut, repeats the same winning two-off-a-layoff pattern that enabled her to win her comebacker and trainer Jimmy Toner has been pushing a lot of the right buttons at this meet.

We’ll box these three in the Trifecta, box Wallis and La Cloche in exactas, and bet Wallis to win at 3-1 or greater.

Running Totals: (1112) 342-215-167 Total Dollar Return: $2,353.20 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, July 07, 2012

Betting at Belmont

For a detailed analysis of today’s Suburban Handicap and Victory Ride Stakes from Belmont Park, see Pricci Morning Line on lead page

For the record, taking To Honor And Serve to win the Suburban, no price restrictions, and using Stay Thirsty and Mucho Macho Man second and third with the field in trifectas and superfectas.

For the record, taking Gypsy Robin to win the Victory Ride at 4-1 or greater and boxing her in the exacta with undefeated Agave Kiss.

Running Totals: (1110) 342-215-167 Total Dollar Return: $2,353.20 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, July 06, 2012

Make ‘Em Cry Uncle

Today’s featured eighth race at Belmont Park, the Chasin’ Wimmin Stakes for older state-bred sprinters has attracted a salty group, a handful of hard-hitting old pros, and if recent form and improved early speed means anything, Uncle T Seven (5-2) has this group over a barrel.

Claimed out of a two turn route on the inner track, Dutrow cut hih back to 7 furlongs, which always has been his best distance historically, and was almost immediately able to get him back within close range of his lifetime best efforts.

Last out he was forced to move early from the rail position, a New Pace Top that was too taxing an effort, and it compromised his kick, but he easily held a wide margin over the show finisher.

The shift to a more favorable middle post, a switch to Dominguez, the turnback to six furlongs, the presence of sprint-speedy rivals and a seven-week freshening all augur very well.

Taking Uncle T Seven to win, no price restrictions, and key boxing him first and second with price shot Bambi Bound (15-1) and the fresh Belmont lover, Driven By Success (6-1).

Running Totals: (1110) 342-214-167 Total Dollar Return: $2,353.20 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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