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, March 26, 2011

One Musketier Should Be Enough

The handicapping cliché racetrackers like to use is that the place you lose it is the place you get it back.

When last they met in the Grade 2 MacDiarmida at 11 furlongs, old pro Musketier (3-1) was getting all boxed up while Prince Will I Am (2-1) found clear sailing to make one late run to get the money.

No question that four year old is still developing with no end appearing in sight. But today there figures to be more pace for the Roger Attifield trainee, the added furlong suits him better and he benefits from a four-pound weight shift. We’re buying in.

After getting off to a fast start at this meet, veteran Alex Solis has slumped. This would be a good spot to turn it around.

Taking Musketier to win at 3-1 or greater and keying him in the multiples with Prince Will I Am and Eldaafer (6-1) who will appreciate the drop from G1 and the stretchout to 12 furlongs.

Running Totals: (835) 266-172-115 Total Dollar Return: $1,857.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Go for the Value, Pal

Marty Wolfson is not having his usual 30 percent meet and in an act of anxiety is surrounding the feature, a mere $60,000 overnighter with four entrants, all uncoupled, including Amazing (5-2) who is sure to be closed to odds-on at post time.

The interesting filly with us is the Derek Ryan Tampa shipper C. C.’s Pal (8-1) who fit’s the speedy race shape, is nicely position outside beneath Paco Lopez and worked strongly at her Tampa base for the trip south.

Taking C. C.’s Pal to win at 6-1 or greater and keying her in exactas first and second with the favorite and first-time Dutrow trainee from California, All Due Respect (3-1).

Running Totals: (834) 266-172-114 Total Dollar Return: $1,857.30 [win selections only] {Saturday results not included}

Written by John Pricci


Friday, March 25, 2011

Mia’s a Real Sweetheart

Q. When does a dirt sprint resemble a turf route?

A. When the trip could make all the difference in the world.

That looks like the scenario in today’s Gulfstream feature, a secondary allowances that’s a quite competitive sprint.

Candyman E. is the likely post time favorite, an in-form streaking sprinter from a high percentage barn. But I do believe he will be pressured harder here than he was in his most recent effort.

Mia’s Angel with Johnny V. looks like the most likely recipient of a comfortable stalking trip, positioned nicely toward the outside in this eight horse field. The four year old has shown to like the surface and benefits from a turn back to 6 furlongs.

Taking Mia’s Angel to win at 5-2 or greater and an exacta box with Ask Joe who looms the speed of the speed.

Running Totals: (834) 266-172-114 Total Dollar Return: $1,857.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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