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, January 05, 2011

Tagg Entrant Well Named in GP Feature

There aren’t many things in my book better than a one-turn mile, the conditions of today’s secondary allowances-optional claiming feature for older horses. And are there many horses coming up to this much better, or sharper, than Groomedforvictory.

To call him a specialist would understand the case. He’s 5-for-9 going a mile and is 1-for-life doing anything else. Six year old gelding is super sharp, training very well, owns tactical speed, kick and a favorable outside draw and has finished in-the-money in three career starts over this strip, including a victory. Javier Castellano takes the call from Barclay Tagg.

Taking Groomedforvictory to win at 7-2 or greater, keying him first and second in exactas with Poni Colada (3-1) and Apriority (5-1). Exotic fans can add price shot Santana Six (12-1) to their mix.

Running Totals: (786) 254-162-107 Total Dollar Return: $1,763.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Gulfstream Sprints from the Gate

Today’s Gulfstream Park opener is the Old Hat Stakes, a Grade 3 sprint for newly turned sophomore fillies at six furlongs.

There’s one undefeated filly in the group and two that are nearly undefeated, with Final Mesa and Quantum Miss (2-1) with one loss on the cards, along with several other multiple winners. It’s a good group. We’re taking one of the near undefeated ladies.

Final Mesa (7-2) is making hr first start since last summer. Since this is Wesley Ward we’re taking about, and since she’s been training here since late November, and since Joel Rosario is here from California to ride, she appears fairly live in this spot, no?

This gal may not be as fast on performance figures as some of her rivals, notable Quantum Miss, but she is 1-for-1 on dirt, winning Delaware’s Polly Drummond before apparently exiting the G3 Sorrento with an issue that’s kept her on the sidelines since. She has the right to catch up on the figure scale here.

Taking Final Mesa to win at 5-2 or greater and keying her in the multiples with Quantum Miss and undefeated Roxy Gap

Running Totals: (785) 253-162-107 Total Dollar Return: $1,755.50 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Sweet Harissa

The only stakes of the day is being run at Parx, the Sleigh Ride, the older fillies and mares going a mile and 70 yards.

The bad news is that the favorite, Harissa (2-1), likely lower at post time, will be a tough out. The good news is that the likely strong second favorite, Jemilyn (7-2), may be vulnerable.

Harissa has company lines, strong recent performance figures, is working well for her return from a freshening by a good come-back outfit that does well with its shippers, especially in non-graded stakes.

As a 4-year-old, she also owns a strong development again. With tactical speed, kick and an inside draw, we’re not sure how any of these fillies can stop her.

Taking Harissa to win, no price restrictions, and keying her first and second in the multiples with Diva’s Gold (12-1), slower but with a forward looking pattern, and ask The Moon (8-1), the likely trip sitter from the pole.

Running Totals: (784) 252-162-107 Total Dollar Return: $1,752.20 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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