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.

Friday, February 11, 2011

When In Roma…

Hopefully the rain keeps up…and we remain on the turf for today’s feature, a classified allowances for fillies and mares on the grass going a mile in a battle of class masters.

Speaking of which, it appears likely that the early favorite Strike It Rich (5-2) is well spotted with these by Christophe Clement, whose horses have been live recently, but it’s Romacaca who looks most likely here.

And that because she’s proven consistently faster than the group on performance figures, hails from a barn that’s 39 percent efficient with their turf runner, is batting 45 percent at the meet and picks up the meet’s leading rider, Paco Lopez, who should put her tactical speed and kick to good use.

Taking Romacaca to win at 2-1 or greater and exacta boxes with the speedy Quebrada Shiner (4-1) turning back to her winning distance and reuniting with winning partner Jose Lezcano, and possible price shot Mystic Miracle (6-1).

Running Totals: (805) 257-167-111 Total Dollar Return: $1,781.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, February 10, 2011

Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?

Despite relatively low early line odds in a most open contest, Honeymoon Girl (7-2) appears unavoidable in this secondary allowances-optional claimer on the turf at one mile.

This newly turned 4 year old exploded on the local scene with a most impressive, big figure run for Chad Brown, who’s enjoying a very solid meet.

In winning her last, this filly makes it 2-for-2 lifetime on turf, has enough tactical gas to overcome her wide draw and has continued to train well at her Palm Meadows base.

Taking Honeymoon Girl to win at 3-1 or greater and keying her first and second in multiples with first-time Wolfson Oui Say Oui (8-1), returning course lover Dreamed To Dream (12-1) and distance specialist Entertaining (6-1).

Running Totals: (804) 257-167-111 Total Dollar Return: $1,781.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, February 09, 2011

I Have a Wish Today

Interesting turf feature at Gulfstream, a secondary allowances-optional claimer on the turf for fillies and mares and one mile.

My first instinct was to take early line favorite Exchanging Kisses (3-1) to repeat. She loves it here, owns a game win at the meeting, and returns at her optimal distance for an outfit that’s 3-for-6 in SoFla this winter.

But perhaps, we’re thinking, Commandeered will keep her occupied on the front end, setting the stage for a rally type. Well, that’s the way were going with Tenth Wish (8-1).

Two for two in her racing career, she’s gotten a late start for a master, Jonathan Sheppard. She owns considerably late foot, has handled two different courses in as many starts and should have the table set for her here.

The aggressive E T Baird can secure reasonably good position and it’s a question of whether she will handle the harder ground at Gulfstream. At fair odds, it’s worth finding out.

Taking Tenth Wish to win at 9-2 or greater, an exacta box with Exchanging Kisses, and adding Commandeered, Raging Wit (8-1) and Strong Commitment (10-1) to the exotic mix.

Running Totals: (803) 257-167-111 Total Dollar Return: $1,781.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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