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.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Divine Inspiration

Today’s Belmont feature is a secondary allowance-optional claimers for older fillies and mares sprinting 7 furlongs on the turf and is marks the season’s debut of the talented Connie and Michael (5-2), who ran well in her lone grass start at 3 and finished second in the G1 Mother Goose, which speaks to her class.

It also makes the U.S. debut of Forest Crown (3-1), who had Group stakes experience in Dubai and makes first start for trainer Chad Brown, a profitable scenario. But the interesting filly to us is In Te Domine (6-1).

In her last start, her first of the year, she appeared rank and was steadied repeatedly, losing any chance. She should be a lot more settled in her second start and the state-bred stakes winning filly is nicely drawn inside and gets a switch to Eddie Castro for Linda Rice, who figures to be heating up any minute now as the Spa approaches. She's been working purposefully.

Taking In Te Domine to win at 5-1 or greater and keying her first and second with the two favorites.

Running Totals: (890) 280-180-122 Total Dollar Return: $1,940.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Double Your Fun

A terrific feature at Delaware Park today, a non-winners of 2 lifetime allowances for fillies and mares going nine furlongs on turf drawing a full field. Shippers coming in from everywhere and even Barclay Tagg and Todd Pletcher are represented, with Javier Castellano in to ride the Pletcher filly, Vuemont (4-1), in with an excellent chance.

But the entry of Senada and Nightmare Night (5-1) look most interesting. In the former’s case, the Tagg ship in owns excellent spacing, the pole, sheds important weight to 117 and will appreciate the added distance. Mate Nightmare Night earned an excellent figure, among the best in the field, and did so at today’s 9 furlong trip. Truth is whoever you back in this spot, you’re likely to get paid should be land on the right mare.

Taking either or both halves of the entry to win at 5-1 or greater and keying them in the exotics and super-exotics with Vuemont, recent impressive maiden winner Grant Park (12-1), surging Powder Rock (8-1), Larry Jones trainee Silver Salutations (8-1) and the consistent favorite Celtic Cross (3-1).

Running Totals: (889) 280-180-121 Total Dollar Return: $1,940.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, July 09, 2011

Youth Will Be Served

Today’s stakes event at Belmont Park truly is one, the Grade 1 Man o’ War, featuring three-time Eclipse champion Gio Ponti (6-5), who came charging too late and failed to catch upstart Mission Approved (5-1), benefiting from a soft lead on yielding ground while getting eight pounds from the champion.

Today there’s an 10-pound shift in favor of Gio Ponti, which should help the champ reverse the recent Manhattan Handicap decision. Nevertheless, we’ll take any value offered on European import Cape Blanco (4-1).

A multiple Group 1 winner, he was out of his element going shorter vs. the two of the best milers in Europe; Canford Hills and champion mare Goldikova. Today’s added distance and addition of Lasix should move the 4-year-old forward sufficiently to upset the champion.

Taking Cape Blanco to win at 2-1 or greater.

Running Totals: (888) 279-180-121 Total Dollar Return: $1,932.80 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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