Pricci's Free Daily Feature Race Analysis

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Saturday, May 24, 2008


Mauralakana vs J’ray in ThisClose Sheepshead Bay


Finally, a turf race with a name on it, the Grade 2 Sheepshead Bay Handicap, and it appears that two horses will dominate the top of the ticket: J’ray (5-2) and Mauralakana (2-1).

J’ray has earned consistently good performance figures all her life. But when you come with her late run, you had better time it perfectly. She’s capable of racing closer to the pace which would make her job easier then again it might not pay to take her out of her comfort zone. Either way, she’s a rough customer here.

Mauralakana virtually earns the same figures as her main rival and their figures are just consistently faster than the rest. In terms of class, she’s well placed with this group and might own the best sustained turn of foot. Hopefully, Mr. Desormeaux will make that run judiciously. She’s been going very well since moving to the Clement barn.

Taking Mauralakana to win at 2-1 or greater, an exacta box with J’ray, and trifectas with money prospect Herboriste (6-1).

Running Totals: (209) 67-44-24. Total Dollar Return: $416.80 [win selections only] {Friday results not included in totals}

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Friday, May 23, 2008


Go West Young Lady


Another day, another turf sprint feature and, hopefully a different result. This is a preliminary allowances for three-year-olds and up at 7 furlongs. Three horses of interest, from the inside out, are West of Gibraltar (9-2), Diamond Ella (10-1) and Applauded (3-1).

Applauded is a worthy favorite. She wasn’t beaten all that badly in a Group 2 as a European juvenile, had had her difficulties in her U.S. debut, the Calder Oaks, now turns back, drops and switches to Garrett Gomez. The blinkers are back on for this.

West of Gibraltar is coming off a turf decline line with more than competitive back figures. She has recent conditioning, is working well and has a maturity edge as the in-form four-year-old. She has tactical speed and can kick.

Diamondrella is interesting because she earned very good performance figures at two and returns with added maturity in her first start for Angel Penna Jr., a turf and layoff ace. She’s trained purposefully for this and attracts the position conscious Rajiv Maragh. She is another meeting younger rivals here.

Taking West of Gibraltar to win at 3-1 or greater and keying her in exacta boxes first and second with Applauded and Diamondrella.

Running Totals: (208) 66-44-24. Total Dollar Return: $409.00 [win selections only]

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Thursday, May 22, 2008


Forest Prince Shall Reign in Belmont Turf Feature


Another interesting feature, a gateful of preliminary allowance sprinters going six furlongs on the Belmont inner turf course. What makes this interesting--and difficult--are the many returning from lengthy layups.

We’ll look at three, from the inside, out: Forest Prince (3-1), Snowstalker (8-1) and Mor Chances (12-1).

Forest Prince is a worthy favorite. Meeting older, the turf meant 3-year-old benefits from all the early pace signed on here--given the kick shown winning his turf debut in California. His next start was over the Keeneland Polytrack where he held his form well. He has enough tactical speed, an inside draw and, with Garrett Gomez, is likely to get a ground-saving trip behind battling leaders.

Snowstalker earned good figures as a three-year-old, broke his maiden in his lifetime debut, and attracts Edgar Prado for his 4-year-old return for Wayne Lukas. He has been training well since early last month and any development from three to four gives him the potential to be fastest in here. Lukas has no problem getting them ready off the bench.

Mor Chances is certainly fit coming off a game score going a mile and turns back for Linda Rice, an ace with turf sprinters. Four-year-old is 2-for-3 on turf, both wins coming over this course. Cornelio Velasquez, aboard for the recent win and a regular rider for these connections, retains the mount.

Taking Forest Prince to win at 5-2 or greater and keying him first and second in exacta boxes with his main rivals here.

Running Totals: (207) 66-44-24. Total Dollar Return: $409.00 [win selections only]

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