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, June 08, 2011

Just Wild About Marie

Very competitive turf sprint for fillies and mares going 6 furlongs, the Nonsuch Bay.

Without a speed burner in here, a filly with good performance figures and tactical speed at shorter distances could work well in this spot.

That’s why we’re taking any value offered with Wild About Marie (4-1) who was very competitive with some fast fillies at the Fair Grounds.

With the stretchout to 6 furlongs and a comfy outside draw, he should always be in position to blow this one open with a well timed mid-race move from Maragh.

Taking the quick working 4 year old to win at 4-1 or greater and keying her first and second in multiples with Karakorum Electra and Rose Catherine.

Running Totals: (873) 276-178-119 Total Dollar Return: $1,917.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Sunday, June 05, 2011

What About It, Fast Eddie?

The interesting thing about today’s New York Stallion Stakes for three-year-old fillies on turf, the Cupecoy’s Joy, division, is that almost every filly here is a daughter of Freud.

But that factoid doesn’t put cash in your pocket; perhaps Letshootpool (3-1) won’t either, but she’s the play.

The daughter of, well, Freud, won her lifetime debut indicating she goes well when fresh. Secondly, that debut came on turf and she hasn’t been back on the grass since, though she saw stakes company in three subsequent starts.

Back on the weeds with a purposeful workline and Linda Rice, 24% efficient with 90 day-plus layups and at this meeting, taps Johnny V. At seventh-eighths, the filly shouldn’t need to be rushed off her feet.

Taking Letshootpool to win at 2-1 or better and an exacta box with late running Hessonite with Ramon.

Running Totals: (872) 276-178-119 Total Dollar Return: $1,917.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, June 04, 2011

A Passion for Speed

Today’s Belmont feature is the Grade 2 Vagrancy Handicap for fillies and mares going 6-½ furlongs and it doesn’t appear that the run of short-priced winners of the Belmont headliner will end this afternoon.

It might be possible that Hilda’s Passion (3-5) will go the other way after her scintillating performances in SoFla this winter and a very demanding second-place finish in the G1 Humana Distaff on the Derby undercard.

But she figures to gain the lead easier today while competing over a distance at which she’s never lost. She’s back in a month, not too soon but perhaps not long enough either. And at 123 pounds, she spots her rivals, some of which look to have some upside potential, anywhere from seven to 10 pounds. Not easy.

But her figures simply tower over the competition and even with a regression looms the most likely winner.

Taking Hilda’s Passion to win, no price restrictions, and keying her in the multiples with Erin Rose (6-1) and Streaker (4-1).

Running Totals: (871) 275-178-119 Total Dollar Return: $1,914.20 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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