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, March 09, 2011

Small Competitive Mile Offers Value

Today’s Gulfstream feature is a secondary allowances/optional claimer for older horses going a mile. It has a short field but it’s competitive and we’ve boiled it down to two.

It’s not often, however, when you can get value on a horse with a class edge--not a huge one but an edge nonetheless.

Caixa Electronica (3-1) was competitive in the G2 GP Sprint Handicap in which he was beaten a couple by the streaking Tacklebury. Prior to that, he won one of these and this trainer, in stretching back out, is a profitable 25 percent going sprint to route.

Taking Caixa Electronica to win at 5-2 or greater and boxing him in the exacta wit the sharp, fast working house horse, Hunter’s Bay.

Running Totals: (823) 260-171-113 Total Dollar Return: $1,819.70 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Sunday, March 06, 2011

You Can Only Hope to Contain the Pletcher Juggernaut

Today’s Gulfstream feature, the Lady’s Turf Sprint, marks the return of Rose Catherine (9-5) and I’m not feeling smart enough to beat her.

Training up a storm at Palm Meadows and good fresh, the Todd Pletcher barn has been devastating with its returnees, and this filly, given her demonstrated class and added maturity from three to four.

The filly has tactical stalking speed or speed-pop; Javier Castellano playing this one off the break. Still, I wouldn’t take an inordinately short price.

Taking Rose Catherine to win and, to optimize, keying her in exactas with Stormy Publisher (4-1) and Ahvee’s Destiny (8-1).

Running Totals: (823) 260-171-113 Total Dollar Return: $1,819.70 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, March 05, 2011

Never Retreat is Sage Advice

The trick to these Grade 3 for not a whole lot of money is to determine who’s really serious and who’s just getting started on the road to bigger and better things. Sometimes it’s simply finding the right spot, or distance, or jockey switch.

If this sounds like I’m leaning toward Never Retreat (5-1), you would be correct. This mare just keeps running at you and with the conditioning she’s gained from recent longer trips, the turn-back to a mile suits very nicely, as does the switch to Julien Leparoux, he of the well timed late turf run.

Taking Never Retreat to win at 4-1 or greater and keying her first and second with price shot Sweetest Still (20-1), the classy Cherokee Queen (7-2) and competitive-figure Bay To Bay (10-1).

Running Totals: (822) 259-171-113 Total Dollar Return: $1,811.70 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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