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, June 15, 2012

The Princess Looks to Repeat over Big Sandy

Getting an early start on the weekend, it’s an interesting feature despite the relatively small field.

Ullapool (8-5) is a deserving favorite off her last race, in which she earned an Equiform figure that towers over this group. But that seems problematical considering she has regressed off big efforts before.

That’s what makes Princess Mara (4-1) an intriguing play. Unlike the favorite, she has not bounced off efforts in the past.

Dale Romans trainee has a good figures to return to, albeit on turf, and is likely to run well on this course again having worked very nicely, 11th fastest of 90 in her peer group that week at Belmont.

Taking Princess Mara to win at 3-1 or greater and key boxing her first and second in exotics with the favorite, sharp working Bid A Moon (5-1) and Hard Life (7-2), going second off the layoff for Rick Dutrow.

Running Totals: (1097) 339-212-165 Total Dollar Return: $2,328.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, June 14, 2012

An Ace in the Hole

Today’s Belmont feature is a non-winners of 3-optional claimer that could well pass as a small stakes anywhere else.

Kiaran McLaughlin is the favorite in Yankee Fourtune (2-1) who’s won half his 10 turf starts, has excellent Equiform performance figures and is nicely drawn inside with tactical speed; seems like the perfect setup.

Instead, we’ll take any value offered on Philly Ace (6-1), who looks to repeat for Christophe Clement, a profitable 25% in that scenario. A 4 time winner in 9 starts, 4-year-old gelding owns laudably versatile style and picks up Julien Leparoux for his course return, over which he has won.

Late developer figures to improve with age and his inside post insures that Leparoux will have options playing this one off the break. The price should be square.

Taking Philly Ace to win at 4-1 or greater and key boxing him first and second with the favorite and Souper Spectacular (8-1) who goes second off the layup and reunites with Johnny V.

Running Totals: (1096) 338-212-165 Total Dollar Return: $2,320.50 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Clement Wins Battle of Hot Trainers

Today’s Belmont featured third race; a preliminary allowances-optional claimer going a mile and a sixteenth on the inner turf—should the race remain on the grass—is as wide open as it gets despite the small field.

Chad Brown will saddle the fast horse on the Equiform scale, Carson Hall (2-1), and while the barn is going great right now, taking a short price on this runner doesn’t feel right.

Barocci (5-2) has the most upside while making his second start in this country following a wide-throughout try and missed by only 3/4s of a length.

The 4-year-old kept good company in Europe, should benefit from his last and Julien Leparoux takes the re-ride. Christophe Clement also having an excellent 2012 and the recent rains should find the course more to this colt’s liking and style.

Taking Barocci to win at 2-1 or great, and exacta key boxes with Carson Hall and adding Hangover Kid (4-1) from the barn of turf ace Jason Servis and very well intended returnee Rogue Victory (5-1) to the exotics mix. On dirt: Forward March (12-1)

Running Totals: (1095) 337-212-165 Total Dollar Return: $2,313.60 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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