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, September 04, 2010

There’s No Substitute for Quality

It doesn’t take a genius to figure that Quality Road, who was not at his sharpest when nailed by Blame in the shadow of the Whitney wire. He will make amends here.

And so we’ll take him to win with no price restrictions but since the odds will be prohibitive, the play is a straight exacta: Quality Road with late developing 4-year-old gelding Indian Dance (20-1), making second start off the layup and working well at his Laurel base.

Running Totals: (723) 237-150-97 Total Dollar Return: $1,643.50 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, September 03, 2010

Anticipating Powhatan County

Today’s Spa feature is the G3 With Anticipation for juvenile colts going 1-1/16 miles on the Mellon course and a vexing puzzle it is.

Typhoon Slew broke his maiden laughing but set a soft pace at Ellis Park to do so. Lou Brissie has graded stakes experience, wants to go long, worked well on turf but has never competed on it. Grigio came from the clouds with blinkers added and was beaten a nose. Sensational Slam went 2-for-2 on Woodbine Poly now tries turf.

But we’re going to keep this simple and take Powhatan County. After breaking maiden under these conditions earlier at the meet, he shipped to Monmouth and finished fourth following a wide and rough trip, placed third following a rival’s disqualification.

While turning back with tougher, his figures improved despite his trip now returns to the Spa and reunites with Castellano from a cozy inside slip.

Taking Powhatan County to win at 2-1 or greater and keying him first and second in multiples with his rivals here.

Running Totals: (721) 236-149-97 Total Dollar Return: $1,633.10 [win selections only] {Thursday results not included}

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, September 02, 2010

If Form Holds the Creek Will Rise

For a detailed look at the second division of today’s Riskaverse Stakes, see Saratoga Diary on the lead page

Taking Queen of the Creek to win at 4-1 or greater and keying her first and second in multiples with Lisa’s Booby Trap, Sea Road, Khanchord Kid and Marseria.

Running Totals: (721) 236-149-97 Total Dollar Return: $1,633.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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