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, June 05, 2011

What About It, Fast Eddie?

The interesting thing about today’s New York Stallion Stakes for three-year-old fillies on turf, the Cupecoy’s Joy, division, is that almost every filly here is a daughter of Freud.

But that factoid doesn’t put cash in your pocket; perhaps Letshootpool (3-1) won’t either, but she’s the play.

The daughter of, well, Freud, won her lifetime debut indicating she goes well when fresh. Secondly, that debut came on turf and she hasn’t been back on the grass since, though she saw stakes company in three subsequent starts.

Back on the weeds with a purposeful workline and Linda Rice, 24% efficient with 90 day-plus layups and at this meeting, taps Johnny V. At seventh-eighths, the filly shouldn’t need to be rushed off her feet.

Taking Letshootpool to win at 2-1 or better and an exacta box with late running Hessonite with Ramon.

Running Totals: (872) 276-178-119 Total Dollar Return: $1,917.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, June 04, 2011

A Passion for Speed

Today’s Belmont feature is the Grade 2 Vagrancy Handicap for fillies and mares going 6-½ furlongs and it doesn’t appear that the run of short-priced winners of the Belmont headliner will end this afternoon.

It might be possible that Hilda’s Passion (3-5) will go the other way after her scintillating performances in SoFla this winter and a very demanding second-place finish in the G1 Humana Distaff on the Derby undercard.

But she figures to gain the lead easier today while competing over a distance at which she’s never lost. She’s back in a month, not too soon but perhaps not long enough either. And at 123 pounds, she spots her rivals, some of which look to have some upside potential, anywhere from seven to 10 pounds. Not easy.

But her figures simply tower over the competition and even with a regression looms the most likely winner.

Taking Hilda’s Passion to win, no price restrictions, and keying her in the multiples with Erin Rose (6-1) and Streaker (4-1).

Running Totals: (871) 275-178-119 Total Dollar Return: $1,914.20 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, June 03, 2011

No Day to Play Beat the Favorite

Ava K., the 8-5 favorite in today’s Wandering Cloud at Belmont Park for state-bred fillies, is going to be a tough out. Besides the fact she started her career on a three race win streak, it was enough inspiration for her connections to try open graded company. Back to reality with a sharp blowout here.

I was considering taking likely value with second off-the-shelf Miss Valentine, with a rider switch and a sharp work or Sentimental Lass, a returnee that’s 2-for-2 over the local track. The problem is I’m not sure which way to go there but am confident that Ava K’s best is more than good enough.

Taking Ava K to win, no price restrictions, and keying her in multiples with her rivals here.

Running Totals: (870) 274-178-119 Total Dollar Return: $1,911.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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