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, July 08, 2011

Why I Oughta’

Today’s Belmont feature, a non-winners of three/optional claiming allowances, drew but a field of five but with an opportunity for value. The early line favorite Bank Merger (7-5) is classy and talented but has been away since 2010.

The best option is second choice Have You Ever, a Pletcher trainee who’s a four time winner over Big Sandy and 1-for-1 at today’s hybrid distance.

But his real strength is his early speed and it appears that he can get loose with a sharp start. Given recovery time since his last, he’s worked very sharply for his Belmont finale.

Taking Have You Ever to win at 2-1 or greater and boxing him in the exacta with uber sharp, fast working Just Hold On.

Running Totals: (887) 279-180-121 Total Dollar Return: $1,932.80 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, July 07, 2011

Beau Choix, Allez, Allez

Today’s feature at Belmont Park is an extremely competitive turf route for older, talented horses. With weather conditions iffy for Thursday, it’s prudent to take a runner with versatility. Beau Choix (8-1) fits that bill.

Stretching to his optimal distance, coming out of the graded Poker Stakes that’s already produced a next out winner from one starter, Beau Choix has earned his best figures on this course, handles any footing, owns a sharp recent work and picks up Dominguez.

Taking Beau Choix to win at 5-1 or greater and key boxing him in multiples with Voodoo Swinge (3-1), Cherokee Artist (5-1) and Monument Hill (10-1).

Running Totals: (886) 278-180-121 Total Dollar Return: $1,924.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Monday, July 04, 2011

Fast Is as Fast Does

This sprint for 3 year old fillies never really impressed as a true Grade 1, but here is the Prioress, anyway.

Five of the six entrants have speed, they are the fastest fillies, but all are coming off lifetime best efforts at different venues.

If the name of the game is speed with young horses, than the name must be Baffert, whose family also owns this filly. She’s been working bullets--what else?-but one work has come locally, the second fastest of 78 fillies in her category for the week.

Figures to move forward switching from synthetics to dirt and attracts Johnny V.
Taking Alienation (3-1) to win at 2-1 or greater and will try to fill in trifecta with late running Her Smile (10-1).

Running Totals: (885) 278-180-120 Total Dollar Return: $1,924.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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