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.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Shall We Play a Game?

The New York-bred program certainly can be proud of the turf specialists that showed up in today’s featured seventh race from Belmont Park.

Half of the 10 horses entered overnight have an excellent chance here, from the rail out: Lubash (6-1), who earned an excellent figure in this race last year; Pocket Cowboys (10-1), who’s earned his best Equiform figures on this surface in his career.

The third major contender is Street Game, freshened since a competitive figure open class mile at Gulfstream March 31 and the fourth is Mr. Vegas (5-2), who returns with good spacing and gets class relief, dropping out of open graded stakes.

Finally, the favorite, the redoubtable state-bred turf champion Compliance Officer (2-1), who raced once at Fair Grounds this winter, a good figure effort, now returns for a go at his fellow New Yorkers.

The problem with Compliance Officer is the six month layoff combined with highweight of 123 pounds, whereby he spots his rivals anywhere from three to seven pounds. It makes sense to try to beat him given today’s scenario.

The horse most likely to deliver a top effort is Street Game (4-1), whose best figures have come at today’s distance. Further, his lifetime best was at 8 furlongs on this course on off going last year, showing laudable versatility.

Taking Street Game to win at 7-2 or greater and key-boxing him first and second in multiples with the rivals listed here.

Running Totals: (1084) 334-211-162 Total Dollar Return: $2,297.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, May 26, 2012

Difficult Sequence Could Reap Dividends

A full analysis of today's Late Pick 4 at Belmont Park is on the lead page

The featured Sheepshead Bay choice to be used in our daily tablutions is Aruna (3-1). Taking her at 2-1 or greater and key boxing in multiples with Aqssaam (4-1), Hit It Rich (7-2), Principal Role (6-1) and Distorted Legacy (6-1).

Running Totals: (1083) 333-211-162 Total Dollar Return: $2,290.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, May 25, 2012

Repole Is Full of Intent

Well, this winter Mike Repole got in the claiming business. Todd Pletcher trainers some-Calibrachoa most successful of those, clearly-but Bruce Levine trains a few and one of them heads today’s featured 8th at Belmont, a secondary allowance/optional claimer for NYBs.

Following a $16K claim on January 16, Full Of Intent (5-2) has won two straight at a flat mile--off the raise to $25K then again in a preliminary state-bred allowance. In the first, he delivered a New Pace Top but in the second distributed his energy more efficiently and won again. Another forward move is expected with Castellano on the re-ride.

Taking Full Of Intent to win at 2-1 or greater, and key boxing him in multiples with two-time mile winner Newbie (3-1), Honey Mou (8-1), for a barn that’s a profitable 31% effective second time off the claim, and Princess Mara (5-1), in here off a New Pace Top.

Running Totals: (1083) 333-211-162 Total Dollar Return: $2,290.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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