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.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Everything’s Lovely

Today’s feature is the Union Avenue Stakes for three-year-old state-bred fillies sprinting six furlongs. A three-horse battle on paper but it’s very difficult to beat early line favorite, Lovely Lil (9-5).

Coming in here with a top figure score on the Equiform scale, the filly is also 2-for-2 at the trip and 2-for-3 over the track. If that weren’t enough, it seems Hushion-trained runners simply don’t get beat here, especially when they’ve had a race over the track.

Taking Lovely Lil to win, no price restrictions, and key boxing her in multiples with Nicole’s Miss El (6-1)and Gold For The Queen (9-2).

Running Totals: (916) 288-184-130 Total Dollar Return: $1,997.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Sunday, August 21, 2011

Like Mother, Like Daughter

Today’s featured Grade 2 Lake Placid Stakes for 3-year-old fillies starts a grade one filly in Winter Memories (4-5).

Five for six lifetime, she probably should be undefeated if not for a trough trip in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf when she was trapped inside and the winner, More Than Real, who was very good that day, got the jump on her.

This daughter of Memories of Silver has an explosive turn of foot and she just might be the best grass filly in America regardless of age. If I said I thought she as vulnerable, I’d be lying.

Taking Winter Memories to win, no price restrictions, and keying her in the exacta with Kathmanblu (8-1), freshened and finally back on turf, and the improving Dynamic Holiday (6-1).

Running Totals: (914) 287-184-130 Total Dollar Return: $1,984.00 [win selections only] {Saturday‘s Results Not Included}

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, August 20, 2011

Sweet Home Alabama

Today’s Saratoga feature is the storied Alabama, a Grade 1 for 3-year-old fillies at the classic distance.

It’s Tricky (9-5) is the lone 3-year-old of either sex to have won two Grade 1s this season, including the CCAO over the track; she’s the logical and worthy favorite. However, we’re compelled to look elsewhere.

Royal Delta (6-1) earned field’s best Equiform figure going long while winning the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan, then was short of top condition when third in the Coaching Club Oaks. She breezed a strong five-eighths since and is bred to run as far as they write races. The price should be fair.

Taking Royal Delta to win at 7-2 or greater and key boxing her in exactas with the favorite and Inglorious (6-1), ultra impressive beating 16 males in Canada’s signature event, the Queens Plate.

Running Totals: (914) 287-184-130 Total Dollar Return: $1,984.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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