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, November 16, 2011

I Tend to Like Lanerie’s Mount in Churchill Feature

Today’s feature at Churchill Downs is a competitive six-horse affair that looks like a battle between the 5-for-7 distance specialist, Congressional Page (7-2) and the very sharp Tend (2-1).

We’ll take the latter, coming from a race that produced a next out winner from one starter and from a barn that’s won with four of its last 11 entrants and a (4) 2-1-0 slate when using Lanerie recently. Further, his mid-move style and outside slip fit’s the dynamics neatly here.

Taking Tend to win at 2-1 or greater and keying him in multiples with Congressional Page and Cool Bullet beneath the white hot Leparoux.

Running Totals: (964) 299-193-139 Total Dollar Return: $2,063.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Get Me Down, Quick

Today’s feature, one of four stakes on the Big A card, is the New York Stallion Series sprint for juvenile males. Much will depend on riding tactics in a race loaded with both speed and finishing ability.

We’re most interested in Think I’m Hooked (3-1), who has a little of both. One of two uncoupled mates saddled by Gary Contessa, this colt has done a little of both, definitely showing improvement when blinkers were added two back..

In his recent maiden breaker, he distributed his energy much more efficiently and should be able to use his tactical speed to advantage before setting sail after the leaders.

Taking Think I’m Hooked to win at 5-2 or greater and keying him in multiples with Bait (4-1) and House of Leaves (5-1).

Running Totals: (963) 299-192-139 Total Dollar Return: $2,063.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Taking History to Repeat

There's no question that Emerald Beech (8-5), trained by the redoubtable Jonathan Sheppard, is a deserving favorite, considering her accomplishments while racing in top company this season and earning superior figures.

But it's the defending champion in this race, Mekong Melody (5-2), who looks the most interesting. While not as accomplished this year, Roger Attfield's filly is 1-for-1 on this ground, 3-for-3 at marathon distances, and has been training with purpose at her Woodbine base. The favorite will need her 'A' race to beat her.

Taking Mekong Melody to win at early line odds or greater and an exacta box with the favorite.

Running Totals: (962) 299-191-139 Total Dollar Return: $2,063.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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