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, July 30, 2011

A Look at the Jim Dandy My Friends

Two excellent features today but with the storied Travers just one month away, a look at the quintessential prep for the Midsummer Derby, the G2 Jim Dandy Stakes.

When I saw the overnight, I thought the last horse that would interest me was Stay Thirsty (5-2) but upon closer inspection, this is where we land.

The Belmont Stakes represented a breakthrough race for him and today’s route should see that development continue. His tactical speed fits today’s race shape, he’s been training up a storm for this, and he loves the Spa strip, the site of his previous lifetime best effort.

Taking Stay Thirsty to win at 2-1 or greater and boxing him in the exacta with Dwyer winner Dominus (5-2).

Running Totals: (897) 283-182-123 Total Dollar Return: $1,950.70 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, July 29, 2011

Raison To Bet

Today’s featured Curlin Stakes attracts an eclectic field, so much so, in fact, that we’re taking a recent maiden breaker to get the money. But, oh, what a maiden breaker it was.

And, oh what a pedigree he has.

It’s hard to imagine a horse better bred than Raison D’etat (3-1), by A. P. Indy out of the wonderful Sightseek, a Juddmonte star for the late Bobby Frankel.

His maiden romp, by nearly 8 lengths, was accomplished stylishly and in fast time, showing excellent development. This is a significant step up vs. multiple or graded-placed runners but any improvement at today’s suitable added distance indicates he’ll handle it.

Taking Raison D’etat to win at 5-2 or greater, keying him in exactas with Prime Cut (7-2) and Bold Warrior (5-2)

Running Totals: (896) 283-181-123 Total Dollar Return: $1,950.70 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Coming to America

Opting for the dirt co-feautre today, a secondary allowances going 6-1/2 furlongs, and reaching out for Nimue (8-1), making her American debut. This is a filly that's been up against it with her early speed in Europe. But that's our game, and given that five furlong work, the fastest at the distance all week, we're looking for the wakeup.

Taking Nimue to win at 4-1 or greater and boxing her in exactas with Full Of Gut and Taconic Victory.

Running Totals: (896) 283-181-123 Total Dollar Return: $1,950.70 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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