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, October 05, 2011

Just Too Awesome

Oh, my goodness. How did P J Campo ever filly this race?

Normally, our rule is to bet against heavy favorites when they are returning from a long layoff, but the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner, a filly undefeated in six lifetime starts that’s faster than the group from top connections?

Well, I can’t bet on Awesome Feather (1-5) but then neither can I bet against her. So, for the first time in four years, will picking a cold exacta--which probably won’t pay much--and that win or loss will be included in the running totals.

Of course you can always make a token wager on the second horse to win in case the favorite falls on her face coming away from the barrier.

Taking a cold exacta of Awesome Feather and Flying Train (5-1), coming off a Soft Win Equiform pattern and is 2-for-2 over the track and 1-for-1 at this trip. Castellano won’t hurt, either.

Running Totals: (941) 294-191-134 Total Dollar Return: $2,025.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Sunday, October 02, 2011

Don’t Knock the Rock

There are four stakes to choose from but only the Pilgrim for juvenile colts going long on turf offers an opportunity to score. Conservatively, five youngsters could win this but the one with the best chance that might fall through the parimutuel cracks is Knock Rock (6-1).

Nicely drawn inside, this colt has some tactical speed to take advantage of the draw but more significantly he can finish up strongly and that can make all if this graded scramble.

Taking Knock Rock to win at early line odds or greater and key boxing him in multiples with Fantastic Song (5-1), Captain Webb (7-2) and Shakspeare Shaliyah (3-1). [Early favorite State Of Play is expected to scratch; if not, he’s a must use].

Running Totals: (940) 294-191-134 Total Dollar Return: $2,025.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, October 01, 2011

Keeping the Faith, My Friends

Today's centerpiece Jockey Club Gold Cup is the perfect confrontation; the late developing three year old getting weight from his older rival owning a voctory at the distance vs. an older, faster rivals on performance figures that just might have a special affinity for Belmont Park.

Flat Out (7-5) is a deserving favorite but we believe Stay Thirsty (8-5) will continue to improve and get the money. Taking Stay Thirsty to win with no price restrictions.

Running Totals: (939) 294-191-133 Total Dollar Return: $2,025.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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