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, March 24, 2011

Where’s Sterling?  Trying to Catch Palatine Hill

Not difficult finding the logical favorite in today’s featured fifth race at Gulfstream for older horses going nine furlongs under preliminary allowance conditions.

That would be Where’s Sterling (2-1) from the prolific Nick Canani shed with Pace Lopez in the boot. Sharp doesn’t even begin to describe the 4 year old Northern Afleet colt.

But can he catch Palatine Hill (3-1) who figures to shake loose as the speed of the speed here and benefits from a switch to Javier Castellano, locked in a duel with Johnny Velazquez as the meet’s leading rider.

When last seen he was setting a hot pace going a one turn mile. On the stretch to a two-turn nine furlongs, it figures to be, in tribute to NCAA Tournament, it's sayonara baby!

Taking Palatine Hill to win at 2-1 or greater and an exacta box with Where's Sterling.

Running Totals: (833) 266-171-114 Total Dollar Return: $1,857.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Like Hollywood Left? You’re Right!

Backing eight year olds is generally not our style until we’re back into a corner--or the rail. But every time you seem to wind up Hollywood Left (7-2) he shows up, usually right on time.

A four time winner at Gulfstream, he’s won eight turf sprints in his short career and runs earns top figures with alarming consistency.

Owning speed and pole position, there’s no good reason to think who won’t run his race yet again in his third start following a layup, a worthy 31 percent profitable occurrence for Jason Servis, who taps the aggressive Jose Lezcano.

Taking Hollywood Left to win at 5-2 or greater and keying him first and second in exactas with the Kirk Zaidie (dah) trained Sir Edgar (4-1) and Ashtonofun (8-1) who should be set for best in his third off the layoff.

Running Totals: (832) 265-171-114 Total Dollar Return: $1,852.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Sunday, March 20, 2011

Music to My Stash

Last time Musical Rain (8-1) was seen she was rallying too late in The Very One at 11 furlongs. Normally, we’re not a fan of stretching out late runners but this looks like the perfect spot and she comes up to the Orchid the right way.

While the pace figures to be slow, it also figures to be contested, Dale Romans’ filly has some tactical gas and should work out a pocket trip behind the contested pace. The odds should be fair.

Taking Musical Rain to win at 4-1 or greater and keying her first and second in trifectas with Queen Martha (10-1), Endless Expanse (7-2) and Tarrip (4-1).

Running Totals: (830) 264-171-114 Total Dollar Return: $1,849.10 [win selections only] {Saturday results not included}

Written by John Pricci


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