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, August 25, 2010

Fast or Wet, It’s Stormy

The Albany Stakes usually draws a sizable competitive field but not today. A group of six have been entered and on paper it looks like a two-horse battle: the favorite Ibboyee (1-1) and Stormy’s Majesty (5-2).

Clearly, Ibboyee is the most accomplished and deserves to be favored. He’s graded stakes placed, has won half his 12 lifetime starts and nearly $600,000--a very accomplished state-bred.

But Stormy’s Majesty appears more interesting. Undefeated in three starts, he made his nine furlong debut in the Jim Dandy in which he showed early speed and understandably tired, appearing to need the race while ambitiously spotted.

Ibboyee owns the faster performance figures but Stormy’s Majesty is close behind and the five pounds he gets from the favorite under the allowance conditions levels that playing field. Both horses handle wet tracks but price and a recent race over the track will break this tie.

Taking Stormy’s Majesty to win at 2-1 or greater and an exacta box with the favorite.

Running Totals: (714) 232-147-97 Total Dollar Return: $1,603.40 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Monday, August 23, 2010

It’s Good To Be the Queen

When the two favorites for today’s Union Avenue Stakes for state-bred fillies going six furlongs met, the position dynamics were completely different.

In that Finger Lakes sprint, Gold For The Queen (7-2) was under the gun from the pole with La Concerto applying the pressure. The two battled all the way with the outside filly prevailing.

Today, it is La Concerto (3-1) that has drawn the rail, she figures to be pressured by several rivals here, including Gold For The Queen, making her job very difficult. Both fillies can handle any footing and both have worked well since their last meeting.

However, it’s the versatility of Gold For The Queen that makes her the play at 5-2 or greater, plus exacta boxes with La Concerto and late running City Broad (9-2).

Running Totals: (713) 232-146-97 Total Dollar Return: $1,603.40 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Sunday, August 22, 2010

I’ve Got No Explaining To Do

Today’s G2 Lake Placid for three-year-old fillies on turf going nine furlongs drew six entrants, five of which are graded stakes placed.

Check the Label (7-5) is a deserving favorite, having won the G12 Sands Point at Belmont at this distance then taking the G3 Va. Oaks in her latest, and is now 2-for-2 beneath Dominguez.

But we’ll step out and try for the upset with No Explaining (7-2). Also a winner at nine furlongs, she never really had a chance to run until it was too late in the shorter Lake George over the course July 28, finishing well after finally securing running room.

A shorter field will find the pace softer, placing her closer, and the switch to Johnny V. can make all the difference here.

Taking No Explaining to win at 5-2 or greater and an exacta box with Check the Label.

Running Totals: (713) 232-146-97 Total Dollar Return: $1,603.40 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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