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 30, 2012

By the Shores of Boynton Beach

Gulfstream Park Race 7 March 30

Today’s feature is a non-winners of 3-optional claiming for older fillies and mares going a mile and all the major contenders are coming off layups. What to do? Opt for the one which has shown a preference for the course and/or the trip.

The mare who neatly fits that bill is Gitchee Goomie (5-2). After a two month freshening on the sides, the 5-year-old mare got back into light training in early January and hasn’t missed a beat since at her Palm Meadows base.

The 5-year-old Rick Violette-trained miss has had but 15 starts in her career so there are not many wasted races, and she consistent performer obviously likes what she’s doing, given a career slate of (15) 5-7-1.

New rider Rajiv Maragh is quietly having a good meet and the mare owns a (3) 1-1-0 career record at the distance and took her only start on this ground.

Taking Gitchee Goomie to win at 2-1 or greater, and keying her in exotics with the sharp Salary Drive (4-1) and capable returnees Sassy’s Dream (8-1) and Pinch Pie (3-1).

Running Totals: (1053) 325-206-154 Total Dollar Return: $2,239.60 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, March 29, 2012

Taking What They Give You

Today’s Gulfstream featured ninth race is a secondary allowances-optional claiming event for older fillies and mares sprinting 6-1/2 furlongs.

The tendency here is to think that the Todd Pletcher trained favorite, Shared Heart (5-2) will be over-bet seriously by post time given the connections, including the presence of Javier Castellano.

But trainer Jamie Ness has his fans, too, and his super sharp Lady Of Greatness (5-1) is sure to attract lots of parimutuel attention coming off a top figure romp at Tampa Bay, especially with go-rider Leandro Goncalves making the trip south to ride what appears to be the speed of the speed.

But Shared Heart appears to have enough speed to sit a pocket trip from the pole, she’s winner at the hybrid distance and returns with ideal 7-weeks spacing.

Taking Shared Heart to win at 8-5 or greater, an exacta box with Lady Of Greatness, and adding price shots Donna Getyourgun (12-1) and Bessie M. to the exotics mix.

Running Totals: (1052) 325-205-154 Total Dollar Return: $2,239.60 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

You’ll Need to Awaken Early in the Morning to Beat This One

An interesting turf feature at Tampa Bay, a second allowances optional claiming that goes as today’s third race. We won’t get too fancy here and side with the connections; Late Day Sun (2-1) for the team of Chris Clement and Leandro Goncalves.

Late Day Sun had one start in this country in a similar condition but at Gulfstream and off the layup tried to stalking the pace throughout going 11 furlongs and, quite naturally, got a little late.

This is a completely different scenario with the turnback to 1-1/16th miles where the faster pace should find the 4-year-old filly farther back so that she’s be forced to make one run here, likely her preferred style having beaten 13rivals going a mile as a European juvenile.

Since her U.S. debut, she’s been tightened at Clement’s Payson Park base now ships father north partnered with the strong finishing Goncalves. There seems to be enough speed signed on to ensure a realistic pace at minimum.

Taking Late Day Sun to win with no price restrictions, and keying her in two spots in exotics with sharp stretchout Island Time (3-1), Calder shipper Petite Riviere, getting class relief here, and freshened Nightmare Night (4-1), from a return outfit that’s profitable with its 90 days-plus returnees.

Running Totals: (1051) 325-205-154 Total Dollar Return: $2,239.60 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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