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, March 16, 2012

He’s a Real Gem

Betting wise, not a very interesting feature at Gulfstream today—but the rules is the rules.

Today's third race is interesting if you’re a Kentucky Derby fan as it marks the season’s debut of Gemologist (8-5) and Currency Swap (9-5), albeit the latter seems better suited to middle distances.

Even if today’s race is meant to be a prep, which surely it is, with a two-race pre-Derby schedule, you can’t come out ill prepared off the bench. But there's no need to get all roughed up in your first start in Arkansas, either.

Now Currency Swap has proven faster and he did win the Hopeful Stakes before going to the sidelines. The one-turn distance suits him better than Geologist, who’s also buried on the rail. But consider the distance, it’s advantage Gemologist.

In the battle of the undefeated, we prefer Gemologist to win, no price restrictions, and no exotic plays.

Running Totals: (1043) 322-204-152 Total Dollar Return: $2,226.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Believe in Magic

The 5 furlong turf sprint as the day’s feature is getting a little old but it is what it is, as they race, the race with the highest purse of the afternoon for non maidens.

Wish there were something sexier on the docket, such as the tough-trip victim Walker Bay (6-1) or Vinda (5-1), returning for the hot connections of Team Weaver/Castellano.

Then there’s the Jamie Ness re-claim, fast working She’s Packin’ Heat (8-1), and the interesting John Mattine trainee, fast working Latin Lashes (10-1).

But it’s Mr. Sheppard and Leparoux that figure strongly to get it done with early line favorite Magic Mesa (3-1). After working quickly for her season’s debut. she was a good third after racing a bit wide on the turn on today’s conditions.

Sheppard’s horses have all seemed to need a run, both at Gulf and Tampa Bay, and this filly repeats the winner pattern of 2011, winning in her second start off the layup. Don’t believe in coincidence, believe in sound planning.

Taking Magic Mesa to win at 2-1 or greater and key boxing her in multiples with her rivals listed here.

Running Totals: (1043) 322-204-152 Total Dollar Return: $2,226.00 [win selections only

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Taking the Classy Comebacker

Like maidens, racetracks never seem to run out of turf sprinters but the thing of it is they are usually a fast, talented lot. Today’s Gulf feature is for older fillies and mares sprinting 5 furlongs over what should be another hard course. Hard course; harder race.

Making her return to the races in an oft-abbreviated career is Roxy Gap (5-1), who’s been in steady training for her return since December and Mark Casse really has picked up the tempo in recent weeks.

Indian Charlie filly has won two of her three starts when coming off layups, has kept very good company, and while she’s not raced today’s distance on turf, she was handy enough to win her career debut at this trip over the Woodbine Polytrack.

With little high speed inside of her, look for Johnny Velazquez to break sharply for position, either taking back off the speed or going on with it if she’s allowed to get away soft. Despite her issues, something that appears obvious, she has the talent and class to get this done and offers good value at anywhere near early line odds.

We’re taking Roxy Gap to win at 3-1 or greater, and key-boxing her first and second in multiple pools with price shot Heavenly Pride (12-1) and both halves of the uncoupled Tony Dutrow duo—Going to Kukaro (3-1) with Castellano and Caribbean Lady (6-1) who figures to be coming late beneath Bravo.

Running Totals: (1042) 322-204-151 Total Dollar Return: $2,226.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Page 474 of 775 pages « FirstP  <  472 473 474 475 476 >  Last »