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, December 29, 2010

I’m Telling You, It’s D’Oratory

No problems filling today’s feature at the Big A in its return from a holiday break, a limit field of state-bred fillies, 3 & up, going a mile and 70 yards on the winter surface.

And we’re loving the way D’Oratory (3-1) is developing for Jimmy Bond, who is a lifetime profit with runners making their third start off lay-ups.

But this one has all the tools; maturing upside as a late season 3-year-old, at home over the distance, 1-for-1 on the surface and a forward looking performance figure profile. And did we mention Ramon Dominguez from post 3?

Taking D’Oratory to win at 8-5 or greater, and keying her first and second in exactas with fast-figure visually impressive maiden breaker Bella Lady (5-2) and Moshe Diane (10-1), expected to improve in her second start and going for David Donk, should she break-in from the also’s.

Running Totals: (780) 250-161-107 Total Dollar Return: $1,742.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Holiday Two-Fer

The Feature Race Analysis Will Resume When Aqueduct Returns from its Christmas Holiday Break

Since this will be the last set of selections until after Christmas, and since there are co-featured overnight stakes for juveniles at Parx, one for each sex, we’ll look at both features today.

Coax Liberty (8-5) is a very worthy early line favorite to win the Brandywine. After cutting her teeth in graded stakes all summer, she turned back into a sprint in a preliminary allowances and was an authoritative winner of her Parx debut Nov. 12. She has continued to train with purpose at her Fair Hill base.

But we’ll go for some Christmas gusto with Spring Jump (10-1) who was n excellent come-again second after setting a very strong pace in a recent Delaware overnighter over a sealed, sloppy track, a race that produced a subsequent winner from as many starters.

She’s seven weeks fresh for this and is poised for a forward move but fair odds are a must vs. this salty group of baby sprinting fillies.

Taking Spring Jump to win at 8-1 or greater and keying her first and second in multiples with the favorite and Alexandra Rylee (4-1), the beaten favorite behind Coax Liberty last out but is committed to a forward position here given her rail draw.

The co-featured Brandywine for the boys features a sure odds on favorite in Fort Hughes (2-1), an extremely fast winner of his only start in New York and now ships here for the team of Kiaran McLaughlin and Ramon Dominguez. Obviously will be a tough out in this spot.

But it’s Royal Currier (3-1) which intrigues more, given his wide edge in experience and winning ways, taking three of five including two exacta finishes. Also seven weeks fresh, he’s nicely positioned, picks up Steward Elliott and is poised for another forward move.

Taking Royal Currier to win at 5-2 or greater and an exacta box with Fort Hughes.

Running Totals: (779) 249-161-107 Total Dollar Return: $1,734.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, December 18, 2010

Speed + Stamina = Winning Entry

Today’s Big A feature is the Gravesend Handicap, a highly contentious meeting of some of the Northeast’s fastest sprinters. For me, the problem is that Todd Pletcher holds a strong hand with the Mike Repole entry, rated 9-5 on the early line, and they loom the most likely winners.

Driven By Success certainly needs no introduction. He’s a three-time winner at the distance, has won on the winter track, and the speedy race shape suits his late-run style.

And the horse he might be running down late is his mate, Calibrachoa, who is capable of setting or pressing the pace, gets weight as a late-season three-year-old, and breezed sharply recently for his first start off a rare Pletcher claim. Nicely positioned, David Cohen suits this runner’s style perfectly.

Taking the Repole entry to win, no price restrictions, and keying either or both first and second with the extremely hard hitting Endless Circle and the improved late developer, Jack On The Rocks.

Running Totals: (778) 248-161-107 Total Dollar Return: $1,729.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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