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, March 07, 2012

Get the Bling in GP Feature

Today’s featured 9th race at Gulfstream Park is a good one; from an entertainment standpoint and with an opportunity to find true value. No search warrants necessary to find the favorites: The early line choice is Gentlemans Code (3-1), coming off an extensive layoff. Since it’s coming from Wesley Ward’s barn, that’s not a concern.

Considering, too, it’s been toughened in stakes, broke his maiden on turf in Europe, was last seen in a race that produced four next-out winners, and is being handled by underrated stable rider Jeffrey Sanchez, he’s going to be a tough out.

As is Faretti (4-1), a good-figure first-out maiden winner under identical conditions here five weeks ago. The turf speedster goes for Team Clement/Castellano.

But it’s Blings Express (8-1) that’s intriguing. We generally don’t take first-time turfers against proven surface winners with good Equiform figures. The gray colt earned both those lifetime wins at today’s trip, the wins coming over Tapeta at Presque Isle Downs.

We look for that form to translate to turf for a barn that’s profitable with first-time grass runners and is a worthy 19% efficient in third start off-the-layoff scenarios.

Castellano switches to Clement’s horse which should add to the price potential, but it does get Paco and an inside post. He ran as fast on the Equiform scale at 2 than his competition has at 3.

Taking Blings Express to win at 6-1 or greater and key boxing him first and second with his two rivals here.

Running Totals: (1037) 321-203-149 Total Dollar Return: $2,222.40 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Sunday, March 04, 2012

That’s My Girl

Today’s Gulfstream Park feature, the Ladies Turf Sprint Stakes, has attracted a gate full of eclectic runners, from here, there and anywhere at all in the 10th race.

The early line favorite, Broken Dreams (5-2), has it all, company lines, excellent figures on the Equiform scale, and top turf connections in trainer Tom Proctor and rider Jose “Big ‘Cap” Lezcano—a worthy early favorite indeed.

Then comes the extremely prolific 8-year-old old pro Suzzona, shipping south for a barn that’s a profitable 25% in that scenario with Julien Pimentel along for the ride. An amazing 18-time winner at the distance, it probably the extended layup that chased the linemaker away (10-1).

But we believe that, her highweight assignment notwithstanding, Jenny’s So Great (8-1) will prove the most reliable given the race shape, post, and the presence of the underrated Joe Rocco Jr.

‘Jenny’s figures are competitive on her best go and hails from a barn that’s profitable with all its turf runners and excels in turnback scenarios, the case here. There’s plenty of pace to set the table and her outside slip almost insures the rider will attempt a bold finish in the clear from the center of the course.

Taking Jenny’s So Great to win at 6-1 or greater and key boxing her first and second with her main rivals here.

Running Totals: (1036) 321-203-149 Total Dollar Return: $2,222.40 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, March 03, 2012

Retsina for All My Friends

Even without Game On Dude, it’s still Big ‘Cap day, folks.

Ron The Greek finished very well behind impressive Mucho Macho Man in Sunshine Millions Classic; working well on deep Payson Park surface, nicely weighted and drawn, and returns with good spacing; 9-2 would be fair odds.

Setsuko missed by a nose in last year’s roughhouse Big ‘Cap; carefully pointed to this and owns good-figure 10F effort, likely moves forward off latest. Ultimate Eagle is much improved and returns off lifetime best.

Holladay Road is a three-time SA winner for Canani and attracts Bejarano; in here off top pace figure and sharp work.

Taking Ron The Greek to win at 9-2 or greater and key boxing him first and second with his rivals here.

Running Totals: (1035) 320-203-149 Total Dollar Return: $2,213.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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