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.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

New York State of Mind

Today’s Saratoga feature is the Evan Shipman for older state-breds going nine furlongs and these are some tough and talented hard hitters. No one would argue that early favorites Giant Moon (5-2) and Icabad Crane (3-1) has some class about them, but it’s the veteran Naughty New Yorker (6-1) that’s most interesting here.

In his Belmont finale, he had his early speed sharpened in a good-paced quickly run 6-½ furlongs and today he finds himself back on his favorite course (three wins) and optimal distance, given that some of his best performance figures have been earned at nine furlongs. He’s worked sharply for this and these connections, which have had a winner at the meet, always point toward Saratoga.

Taking Naughty New Yorker to win at 4-1 or greater, boxing him first and second with the two favorites, and adding Mighty Morris (4-1) to the trifecta mix.

Running Totals: (691) 222-141-96 Total Dollar Return: $1,551.10 [win selections only] {Sunday results not included}

Written by John Pricci


Sunday, July 25, 2010

No Kantharos?  Phew!

Believe it or not, there are times when you can go from a Grade 3 to a Grade 2 and perhaps get some class relief while stepping up.

That’s because Lou Brissie (3-1) faced the two best juveniles seen on this side of the Mississippi thus far: Boys At Tosconova and Kantharos. Lou defeated “Boys” in the Kentucky Juvenile, but was no match for Kantharos in the Bashford Manor.

Lou Brissie is meeting some potentially very good colts here, but he has three races worth of experience, already has raced six furlongs, and has been stakes

Taking Lou Brissie to win at 2-1 or greater and key boxing him in exactas with Bail Out the Cat (2-1), an impressive maiden winner on sealed mud at Belmont, and Chipshot (7-2), a smart maiden winner at Monmouth, his third different surface in as many starts.

Running Totals: (691) 221-142-96 Total Dollar Return: $1,547.70 [win selections only] {Saturday results not included}

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, July 24, 2010

Grade 1 Filly for a Grade 1 Race

Today’s feature at Saratoga Race Course is the transplanted Coaching Club American Oaks, run at a new distance of nine furlongs. Call it an Alabama prep. Either way, favorite Devil May Care (6-5) will be hell to pay.

Stretching out to her best distance, around a preferred second turn, and coming off a new pace top, she rates to run a lifetime best figure here. Her competition is strong but she’s proven Grade 1 classy and, after all, trainer Todd “wants his title back.”

Taking Devil May Care to win, no price restrictions, and making an exacta box with fresh, Black-Eyed Susan winner, Acting Happy (5-1).

Running Totals: (690) 221-141-96 Total Dollar Return: $1,547.70 [win selections only] {Friday results not included}

Written by John Pricci


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