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.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Yes, It’s Two, Two Tips in One

If Jackson Bend (7-5) doesn't pick up where he left off in Saratoga last year, I'm at a loss as to which horse will win the first of 35 graded stakes, the G3 James Marvin. Dominant performance figures, tactical speed an outside draw at 7 furlongs and a killer workline makes him a tough out. Taking Jackson Bend to win, no price restrictions, and will try to get Pacific Ocean (5-1) and Golddigger's Boy in the number.

The G3 Schuylverville is more open than it appears. Four of the seven fillies have an excellent chance. We're opting for the very quick, fast working Sweet Shirley Mae (7-2), a potential trip sitter from the pole with Ramon. The price should be fair; 3-1 or greater. The competition, in preferred order, is Baby J (5-2), Can't Explain (5-1) and Fully Living (4-1).

Running Totals: (1118) 342-218-168 Total Dollar Return: $2,353.20 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Tomorrow Is Only a Day Away

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Apologies, working on a blog piece and the first two days of racing from Saratoga. The Feature Race Analysis returns tomorrow with two...two picks in one. It's a double feature; remember them?

Seriously,it's the G3 James Marvin and G3 Schuylerville for Friday. Besides, has anyone seen today's card from Del Mar?

And they would like to compare it wth Saratoga?

Today's feature, there, incidentally, is a 5-furlong turf sprint with a field of 5. We've got plenty of those kind in upstate New York--with much bigger fields.

Running Totals: (1118) 342-218-168 Total Dollar Return: $2,353.20 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, July 14, 2012

If It Weren’t for Bad Luck…

In a rare occurrence, the featured race at Belmont Park—the last one until opening day at the Spa on Friday—is the first race of the day, a secondary allowances on the turf for fillies and mares going a mile on the Widener Turf.

If turf trips mean anything, and they do, then Silvestris deserves a long look to make amends in this spot. Indeed, she is returning on short rest, having raced last Sunday, but the effort could not have been that enervating.

At two critical junctures in that overnight stakes, at the quarter pole and again in deep stretch, Silvestris was trapped, with run, and never had a chance to show what she had in reserve.

In her penultimate try, she had little chance when very aggressively spotted in the Grade 1 Just A Game. It’s time to make amends reuniting with Jose Lezcano, aboard for her dominating score on this course three starts back.

Running Totals: (1116) 342-218-167 Total Dollar Return: $2,353.20 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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