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.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Getting to the Soul of the Matter

Today’s featured eighth race at Belmont is very interesting and, if we can divine the winner, the reward could be lucrative.

Two horses loom as logical choices here, Barocci (3-1), who made a favorable impression in his U. S. debut when a very game second after suffering through a wide trip, and Change Of Command (7-2) who has earned a series of Equiform performance figures that would prove superior to the group.

Barocci rates to improve making his second start in this country for Christophe Clement and will appreciate the added ground, given his competitive efforts in Group company at this trip in Europe. Change Of Command has proven ability, versatile speed, a cozy inside draw and Javier Castellano on the re-ride.

But it’s Soul Of Borrego (8-1) that proves the most intriguing, especially given early line odds and the potential for more. Despite meeting older here, the Tagg trainee showed an affinity for distance racing with a strong late finish from far back off a moderate pace to break maiden at Keeneland this spring.

Training purposefully for his summer return, he showed marked improvement after adding blinkers in his second start beneath Prado, a race that produced three next out winners. His pedigree is well suited to today’s mini-stretchout.

Taking Soul Of Borrego to win at early line odds or greater, keying him in exacta boxes with the two favorites, and adding Reserve Currency (6-1), who earned big figure two back for Mott, and Crafty Unicorn (12-1), who has shown promise in his lightly raced career, to the super-exotic mix.

Running Totals: (1099) 339-214-165 Total Dollar Return: $2,328.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Sunday, June 17, 2012

Alma and Rosie

What a tricky, trappy little overnighter at Belmont Park for Father’s Day, a third race hair splitter featuring six horses and two uncoupled entries; one from Rick Dutrow, the other from Todd Pletcher.

Add a Galluscio and a Tagg and stir.

The logical choice is one of the Dutrow’s; Boys At Tosconova (7-5), who makes a habit of winning these overnighters, today a tribute to Belmont winner Lemon Drop Kid. Ramon Dominguez should have plenty of options breaking from the outside of this small band.

But we’ll take any value offered with Alma D’oro (5-2), one of the Pletcher’s, who’s won half of his four starts at this trip, exits a key race Grade 2 at Churchill, breezed very well at the Oklahoma training track, and attracts Rosie for a barn that’s historically profitable with its stretchouts.

Taking Alma D’oro to win at early line odds or greater, and key boxing with the favorite and sharp working stablemate Colizeo (6-1).

Running Totals: (1098) 339-213-165 Total Dollar Return: $2,328.30 [win selections only] {Saturday results not included}

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, June 16, 2012

It’s a Wise Man Who Sticks with Dan

The race of the day clearly is the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap from Churchill Downs with a scheduled post time of 9:39 p.m.

Try as we might we can't go beyond early line favorite Wise Dan (8-5) who ran off the screen at Keeneland, earning a layover Equiform figure, and given two months recovery time for return. He's won half he's six starts at Churchill, is working bullets, attracts Johnny V., a his next defeat in four starts at 9 furlongs will be his first.

Taking Wise Dan to win, no price restrictions, and key boxing him in the exacta with the much improved Fort Larned (5-1) and the #1 ranked horse in America, Alternation (4-1).

Running Totals: (1098) 339-213-165 Total Dollar Return: $2,328.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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