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, July 18, 2012

Tomorrow Is Only a Day Away

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Apologies, working on a blog piece and the first two days of racing from Saratoga. The Feature Race Analysis returns tomorrow with two...two picks in one. It's a double feature; remember them?

Seriously,it's the G3 James Marvin and G3 Schuylerville for Friday. Besides, has anyone seen today's card from Del Mar?

And they would like to compare it wth Saratoga?

Today's feature, there, incidentally, is a 5-furlong turf sprint with a field of 5. We've got plenty of those kind in upstate New York--with much bigger fields.

Running Totals: (1118) 342-218-168 Total Dollar Return: $2,353.20 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, July 14, 2012

If It Weren’t for Bad Luck…

In a rare occurrence, the featured race at Belmont Park—the last one until opening day at the Spa on Friday—is the first race of the day, a secondary allowances on the turf for fillies and mares going a mile on the Widener Turf.

If turf trips mean anything, and they do, then Silvestris deserves a long look to make amends in this spot. Indeed, she is returning on short rest, having raced last Sunday, but the effort could not have been that enervating.

At two critical junctures in that overnight stakes, at the quarter pole and again in deep stretch, Silvestris was trapped, with run, and never had a chance to show what she had in reserve.

In her penultimate try, she had little chance when very aggressively spotted in the Grade 1 Just A Game. It’s time to make amends reuniting with Jose Lezcano, aboard for her dominating score on this course three starts back.

Running Totals: (1116) 342-218-167 Total Dollar Return: $2,353.20 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, July 13, 2012

No Metal Detector Needed

Today's feature race from Belmont Park is the Grade 1 Man o’ War at 1 3/8th miles on the Widener Turf

We left five horses open possibilities, including the three likely favorites: Treasure Beach (9-5) is multiple Group 1 winner for O’Brien, including 2011 Secretariat, is co-fastest on energy figures and stalking style suits race shape. Point Of Entry (5-2), co-fastest, benefits from good spacing, owns sharp blowout around dogs; Shug is profitable 21% efficient in graded stakes and still developing 4-year-old hails from key G2 Elkhorn (3/5).

Hudson Steele (5-1) keeps improving for Pletcher, he held very well pacesetting in G1 Manhattan. switches to Bravo and may get preferable target in this matchup.

But for the record, we're taking Treasure Beach, no price restrictions, key boxing first and second with his main rivals here, and adding price shot Center Divider (10-1), training on schedule for Chad Brown, owns tactical speed and inside position and Newsdad (4-1), also out of Keeneland’s key Elkhorn, to the exotics mix.

Running Totals: (1115) 342-218-167 Total Dollar Return: $2,353.20 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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