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.

Friday, May 20, 2011

A Black-Eyed Susan for a Delta Lady

Not sure if it’s the Grade 2 designation or the $250,000 purse, not very big by today’s standards, but the second leg of the old Filly Triple Crown drew only six rivals, which is not to say value isn’t possible. And we’ll take all we can get with Delta Princess (3-1).

Wyomia (9-5), of course, is a deserving favorite, based on accomplishment and company lines, and Hot Summer (5-2) comes from a fast Comely victory and could control the pace with the switch to Dominguez.

But it’s Delta Princess, from the first day she ran, looked like she had the tools to be special. Well, consider today her coming out party. She’s on a beautiful line and has worked swiftly for her third start of the season. Ready, set…

Taking Royal Delta to win at 2-1 or greater and keying her first and second in the multiples with her rivals here, and make her your key to the Black-Eyed Susan-Preakness Double.

Running Totals: (861) 271-176-118 Total Dollar Return: $1,893.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Rock Hard Sue to Run Around This Field Late

Today’s preliminary allowances at a mile and a sixteenth on the Churchill Downs turf for fillies and mares has drawn a talented group in which a road map is not needed to reach the favorite. Early line favorite Dos Lunas (3-1) is getting all sorts of class relief, dropping out of the Grade 3 Appalachian.

In fact, this is her first allowance try going long since breaking maiden on this course last year. She’s been competitive in a number of G3s, was the pacesetter in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf and last out ran Winter Memories, bidding to become a turf champion this year, to a nose defeat.

Instead, we’re going to take any value offered on Rock Hard Sue (5-1) who’s tried to get back on the turf this year but has been rained off twice. This filly came from far back to break her maiden on turf at first asking then faced unfavorable conditions in her lone start at 3, trailing a soft early pace then making a too late rally after being forced to await running room.

Meanwhile, trainer Bret Calhoun is profitable switching from synthetic to turf and Miguel Mena rides her back again.

Taking Rock Hard Sue to win at early line odds or greater and boxing her in the exacta with Dos Lunas and Litigating (5-1).

Running Totals: (861) 271-176-118 Total Dollar Return: $1,893.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

North of the Border, Up Canada Way

With the possibility of a wet track everywhere we turned, we’re going north of the border for today’s feature race over Woodbine's Polytrack surface, a full field of preliminary allowance runners sprinting 6-½ furlongs in the seventh race.

Stormin Willie appeared in need of his season’s debut. Four year old gelding now returns in a sprint in a potentially speed-laden group, has been working purposefully, hails from a very live barn that’s effective with second-off-the-layup starters and gets huge rider switch to hot riding Tyler Pizarro for his return to state-bred competition. All sytems go

Taking Stormin Willie to win at 4-1 or greater and key-boxing him in super exotics with Having Said That, Northern Bear, Flim Flam and Reap The Benefit.

Running Totals: (860) 270-176-118 Total Dollar Return: $1,876.70 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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