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.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Winchester Sword Dancer’s Big Gun

Today’s Saratoga feature is the Grade 1 Sword Dancer for turf males 3 & up going a three-turn mile and a half. The cliché in these types of events is “class on the grass,” and that would be Winchester, the lukewarm early favorite at 5-2.

With stablemate Gio Ponti looking to redeem his placing in the Arlington Million, Christophe Clement still has a bullet to fire here. Ironically, Winchester prepped in the Stars and Stripes on the Arlington Polytrack, a race he appeared to need badly.

Winchester owns the best performance figures at the trip, winning twice at the distance including the G1 Turf Classic last fall. Regular rider Cornelio Velasquez is in the boot.

Taking Winchester to win at 8-5 or greater and key boxing him in the multiples with improving 4-year-old Boisterous (4-1) from the white hot McGaughey barn and price shot Al Khali (15-1)--firm turf please, half of the uncoupled Mott entry.

Running Totals: (908) 287-183-126 Total Dollar Return: $1,976.80 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, August 12, 2011

Big Blue Tiger

Today’s featured Hall of Fame Stakes, a Grade 2 for 3-year-olds going 8.5 furlongs on turf, has drawn a talented group with lots of upside.

The favorite is Street Game (8-5) who was most impressive winning the Hill Prince before disappointing at Colonial last out; this is a more favorable spot but we’d prefer to see a two-turn on his card.

We’ll take any value being offered with Big Blue Kitten (4-1) who’s been winning his way up the class ladder and seeks fifth straight victory. The spacing is good, he owns tactical speed and kick, attracts Johnny and never has taken a backward step onm the Equiform scale.

Taking Big Blue Kitten to win at 3-1 or greater and key boxing him in the multiples with the favorite and Crimson China (7-2) who has strong late kick and sharp recent breeze at his Fair Hill base.

Running Totals: (907) 286-183-126 Total Dollar Return: $1,965.80 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, August 11, 2011

In the Hands of the Phillistines?

Interesting feature, the NY Stallion series for three year olds and this year it’s on the turf at one mile.

It’s rare when you find a grass race with several legitimate speed horses but that’s what we have here.

The horse that seems most adaptable in today’s scenario is Hessonite (5-2), who owns tactical speed, can finish, has Equiform figures that are more than competitive, and reunites with Ramon Dominguez, aboard for his most recent victory.

Taking Hessonite to win at 2-1 or greater, and key boxing him in the multiples with Choice Stakes winner Freud’s Honor (2-1), Darrin’s Dilemma (7-2), a winner of the 7 furlong edition of this at Belmont in his lone turf start, and price shot Wishingonastar (12-1), not particularly turf bred but has grass style.

Running Totals: (906) 285-183-126 Total Dollar Return: $1,960.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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