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.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

All In Once Again

Today’s Ashley. Cole Stakes for older New York bred is a pretty evenly matched bunch. It seems that some of the better horses in the field have form that’s questionable.

For those that are sharp right now, it’s a question of whether or not they can get all of the nine furlongs. See early favorite Compliance Officer (5-2) here.

And, finally, the best horses in here are set or press the pace types. I might get pretty crowded on the front end of this. That’s why we’ll try Pocket Cowboys (4-1) one more time.

We liked him to win the West Point but he never had a chance, racing very wide every step of the way, chasing a soft pace. Today, however, he figures to get a better setup on the front end, and the switch to Johnny V. should be the right tonic.

Taking Pocket Cowboys to win at 3-1 or better, key-boxing him in exactas with the favorite and the speedy Straight Story (3-1). If the front bandages come off today; feel free to upgrade his chances dramatically.

Running Totals: (927) 291-187-131 Total Dollar Return: $2,013.90 [win selections only] {Saturday‘s Results Not Included}

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, September 10, 2011

School Daze

The Belmont Fall Meet begins with the Grade 2 Bowling Green Handicap, which can also be viewed as a prep for the G1 John Hirsch Turf classic later this meet.

Given than there is not that much separating three of four of the contenders here, we’ll reach out for a price shot in Kindergarden Kid (8-1). Breaking from the rail beneath Alan Garcia.

In a recent funk Garcia still can rate a turf course over a distance of ground very well, and this Barclay Tagg trainee looks like the main speed, and could be lone speed if the dynamics dictate.

His performance figures are not that far behind the logical contenders, he’s been drilled hard for this spot and this race just might be “his Turf classic.”

Taking Kindergarden Kid to win at 6-1or greater and key-boxing him in the exacta with Grassy (5-2), Garrett Gomez in for the ride, and Sanagas (2-1), an impressive winner of a recent Spa marathon, with trainer Graham Motion pushing all the right buttons of late.

Running Totals: (928) 291-187-131 Total Dollar Return: $2,013.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Monday, September 05, 2011

Fast, Faster, Fastest

What does one do when the a 7 furlong sprint at Saratoga appears loaded with speed? Check the pace, figures, the final figures, the post position and the spacing. And if it turns out to be a race for juveniles such as the Grade 1 Hopeful, it's always nice to have some experience and, while you're at it, a race over the track

Enter J C's Pride (5-2), who qualifies on all counts. Given the competitive nature of the field, getting odds close to the early line quote is a distinct possibility.

Taking J C's Pride to win at 2-1 or greater and keying boxing him first and second in the multiples with Currency Swap (3-1) and Power World (6-1)

Running Totals: (927) 291-187-131 Total Dollar Return: $2,013.90 [win selections only]

Belmont's Fall Meet Begins Saturday

Written by John Pricci


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