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.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Tennis Anyone?

One of the variables that makes today’s Gulfstream Park particularly vexing is a lack of definable early pace, turf or no turf race, temporary rail or entire course.

Given the elements of recent form and freshness, the pace, and the win, can come from either; the fresh and classy Doubles Partner (5-1) or the very sharp Guys Reward (7-2).

Of the two, it’s likely that Doubles Partner might fall between the wagering cracks despite the high profile connections. Doubles Partner won its only start on this course and its only start at this distance.

The development shown by the figures earned on those occasions indicate this is a great spot to get the campaign of the newly turned 4-year-old started. He kept good company last year, holding his own, and appears to have the most upside here.

Taking Doubles Partner to win at 4-1 or greater and an exacta box with Guys Reward. Trifecta players can add the other sharpster, Vanquisher (6-1), and the other new 4-year-old, Mystic (4-1), to their mix.

Running Totals: (799) 257-165-110 Total Dollar Return: $1,781.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, January 29, 2011

First Dude In a Great Spot

Read an in depth look at the major Sunshine Millions Classic contenders in Pricci Morning Line on the lead page

Taking First Dude (5-2) to win, no price restraints, and keying him first and second in multiples with Birdrun (3-1), Cigar Man (10-1), Dry Martini (8-1) and Honour The Deputy (12-1).

Running Totals: (798) 257-165-109 Total Dollar Return: $1,781.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, January 22, 2011

Working Vacation for the Holidays

In today’s Sweetest Chant Stakes at Gulfstream Park, we’re about to take the no-guts, no-glory route. Anyone in the game about five minutes knows that G2 Golden Rod winner Kathmanblu (2-1) is going to be a rough out in her season’s at a short price. And she’s equally effective on turf as on dirt. In fact, never has taken a backward step on the Equiform scale her entire career. Remarkable, really.

But we’re taking Holidaysatthefarm (6-1) to upset the group here. While not quite as fast or accomplished as the favorite, she’s done little wrong, and her best lifetime mark was set on firm turf going this distance at Keeneland last fall.

The three year old Smarty Jones chestnut filly has been working lights out for some time at her winter base in Tampa, yet she shows up at Gulfstream in this salty spot to make her season’s debut. I’ll take that as a very positive sign from trainer Tom Proctor, who taps Jose Lezcano who’s very familiar with this filly. She owns tactical speed and kick in a race that should have a strong pace.

Taking Holidaysatthefarm to win at 9-2 or greater, an exacta box with the favorite, and adding Nina Fever (3-1), Excited (4-1) and price shot Tiger Girl (8-1) to the exotic mix.

Running Totals: (797) 257-165-108 Total Dollar Return: $1,781.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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