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 15, 2011

Hot Connections Likely to Get It Done

The Belmont feature is today’s third race, which only drew a field of five, hence it’s placement, keeping it out of the Pick Six, which is the bad news and good news. This sure is trappy.

Despite the small field and seeming lack of pace, our best guess is that Velazquez and Dominguez will keep such a close eye on each other that the fractions will at least be contested, and that should set things up for a positional type runner.

Early line favorite Arena Elvira (8-5) seems to be that horse. She’s done her best racing at Belmont, and at today’s distance, is nicely drawn outside to keep an eye on the proceeding, and the Mott Lezcano team have been doing good work together in recent months.

Taking Arena Elvira to win, no price restrictions, and key her over the Pletcher-trained uncoupled entry; Ailalea (5-2) and Katy Now (2-1).

Running Totals: (875) 276-179-119 Total Dollar Return: $1,917.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, June 11, 2011

Keeping It Simple in Belmont 143

Taking Nehro to win, looking for 4-1 or greater. Keying him first and second in super exotics, using Santiva (15-1) and Brilliant Speed (15-1) in all money positions, filling out the play with Shackleford and Animal Kingdom.

Running Totals: (874) 276-179-119 Total Dollar Return: $1,917.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, June 10, 2011

Taking What the Game Gives You

Today’s Belmont feature, the Brooklyn Handicap and start of the Brooklyn-Belmont double, offers little opportunity for value, such are the merits of last year’s Belmont winner, Drosselmeyer (6-5).

He showed enough improvement in his second start at 4 to earn a soft win in his return to Belmont, auguring well for another forward move.

And what could be better for a Mott trainee than a stretchout to what is, to date, his best distance; his Belmont Stakes figure being his lifetime best?

Sometimes you’re forced to take what they give you. Taking Drosselmeyer to win with no price restrictions and keying him in the Brooklyn-Belmont double with Nehro and Shackleford.

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

Written by John Pricci


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