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.

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Canadian Filly Looks Golden

Today’s Gulfstream Park feature, a preliminary allowance/optional claimer for three year old fillies going two turns is a beauty, drawing a big field with some really nice fillies. It won’t be easy but even a favorite could pay relatively well in this matchup.

There are two fillies dropping significantly in here; Miss Netta (3-1) with an excellent effort in the G1 Frizette then suffering through a very tough trip in the Juvenile Fillies in which she raced very creditably thereafter. She worked very well recently for Kiaran McLaughlin.

But Golden History (8-1) is working well, too, she reunites with winning stable rider Contreras and drops from two straight G2s with an excellent Equiform development pattern with an opening Compression Line, followed by a Reversal and a strong-finish try off very slow fractions, eliminating her chances. Looking for a rebound effort here.

Taking Golden History to win at 5-1 or greater and keying her first and second in exactas with Miss Netta and the very sharp Dancing Solo (4-1).

Running Totals: (998) 309-201-142 Total Dollar Return: $2,130.70 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Monday, January 02, 2012

Small Value in Gulf’s Little Sub-Feature

Two features to choose from on today's Gulfstream card and since one features the lkelihood of a heavy favorite in the 11-furlong turf race, we'll opt for the secondary allowances/optional claimer where we beleive we have a very reasonable chance to beat the undefeated early line favorite.

After breaking through two starts back in a two-turn mile, Majestic Maria (3-1) returned with a good figure Reversal on the Equiform scale, showing continued good development and improving condition. Today she's back around two turns, drew the rail, is working crisply and Castellano is taking a return call. The Maria's Mon filly has already proven she can stalk from close range and kick home, which is what we're asking her to do here.

Taking Majestic Maria to win at 2-1 or greater and key boxing her in multples with undefeated Jump Up (5-2), top figure ship-in Rock The Moon (4-1) and the sharp Differentiate (6-1).

Running Totals: (997) 309-200-142 Total Dollar Return: $2,130.70 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Sunday, January 01, 2012

Happy Derby Day

Can't believe it but here it is, New Year's Day, and we have our first Derby. Sorry, but I thik it's fun. It's certainly a great, very hard betting race, and it's ungraded, so no Kentucky Derby implications beyond seeing what kind of promise these colts have and if they're up to the next level.

Even though he lacks two-turn experience and a race over the track, we're playing the percentage with Reveron (4-1). He's developing very nicely, has the right style, an inside post and not only an excellent figure last out and good spacing, returning in five weeks, but he's never taken a backward step in four lifetime starts. There are plenty of promising individuals in here and this race is certain to have implications down the road.

Taking Reveron to win at 7-2 or greater and key-boxing him in the exotics with Silver Menace (6-1), Ancient Rome (3-1), Casual Trick (6-1), Politicallycorrect (8-1) and Yourhonorandglory (10-1).

Running Totals: (996) 308-200-142 Total Dollar Return: $2,111.70 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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