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, March 19, 2011

Hilda’s One Hot Filly

Today’s Gulfstream feature, the Grade 2 Inside Information, highlights some very talented older sprinting fillies and mares going 7 furlongs. The problem for us is, hard as I might, it’s extremely difficult getting passed Hilda’s Passion (9-5).

She’s blossomed at 4 and her recent score in the G3 Herecomesthebride at 6.5 furlongs was absolutely first rate. Her pace and final figures are dominant on the Equiform scale and what’s worse is that she appears loose on the lead on the mini-stretchout. We just can’t go passed her.

Taking Hilda’s Passion to win, no price restrictions, and keying her in exotic multiples with Milwaukee Appeal (6-1), Ms Vanessa (6-1) and Beautician (4-1).

Running Totals: (830) 264-171-114 Total Dollar Return: $1,849.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, March 18, 2011

Compass Points the Way

Today’s Gulfstream feature is a turf sprint that’s really a stakes masquerading as an allowance race. Todd Pletcher saddles uncoupled favorites, the ultra speedy Bridgetown (3-1) and the remarkable sprint filly Rose Catherine (9-5), making her four year old debut vs. males here. We’re using both.

The key, however, will be price shot Pointing North (12-1), turning back in a sprint for Chris Block, who does excellent work with third off-the-layup runners.

Owning conditioning, this four-year-old turns back to his best distance on the performance figure scale and has plenty of gas to set up an anticipated late finish. Drawn inside with Elvis Trujillo, we’re looking for a pocket-rocket performance.

Taking Pointing North to win at 9-1) or greater and key boxing him first and second with both Pletcher entrants.

Running Totals: (828) 263-171-114 Total Dollar Return: $1,842.70 [win selections only] {Thursday selections not included}

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Royal Straight a Winning Hand

Today’s feature at Gulfstream is very competitive, more so because the preliminary allowance event is at the always tricky 6-½ furlongs.

The race to come out of we believe is the rapidly run 7 furlongs on Jan. 29 over the track. While De Price (3-1) has proven consistently faster, the preference is for Royal Straight (4-1).

The reason is simple. This 4 year old is much better with a target, which is something he should get on the turn back. Hopefully Jimmy Jerkens will get that message across to Alex Solis--if he hasn’t by now figured that out for himself.

Taking Royal Straight to win at 5-2 or greater, boxing him in the exacta with De Price, and adding the sharp Mighty Score (5-1) and Aussie import Related (8-1) to the exotic mix.

Running Totals: (828) 263-171-114 Total Dollar Return: $1,842.70 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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