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.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Belle Watling Looks Like the Very One

The Grade 3 The Very One is important regardless of how it turns out at the windows. This race is about one horse, highly regarded at that, a Chilean filly, the 5 year old Belle Watling (3-1), which makes her a North American 4 year old.

What’s not confusing his her record. She was favored in her last eight starts, winning them all. In fact, she’s 13 for 16 lifetime, eight on turf, five on dirt. She’s working bullets for Patrick Biancone who can get one ready, of course, and the filly goes first Lasix.

The filly to beat is Keertana (9-5), a narrowly beaten third in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf and prepped for this with a recent comeback win at Tampa. The other sharp American is Changing Skies (8-5), the Bill Mott trained 6 year old who really came into her own last season.

I’m willing to roll the dice on the Chilean filly, at 5-2 or greater, keying her first and second in the trifecta with the other two mares.

Running Totals: (812) 258-168-113 Total Dollar Return: $1,787.90 [win selections only

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, February 19, 2011

Beam Me Up, Scotty

There is an axiom which we hold close to our handicapping heart; class on the grass.

On paper, today’s Grade 2 Mac Diarmida is very competitive on performance figures. One can make a good case for about five horses on the Equiform scale.

However, if classifying is the barometer then the contenders reduce themselves to two and, of those, Al Khali (7-2) appears to hold the current class edge.

The Bill Mott trainee was very competitive when properly handled at the G1 and G2 levels last year, he enters this fresh for the Hall of Famer who can get them ready and goes well for Kent Desormeaux--that’s when Desormeaux’s going well, that is.

The wide draw, while unfavorable, might chase some of the wise guys away so that the five-year-old remains bettable.

Taking Al Khali to win at 3-1 or greater and boxing him in the exacta with old pro Musketier (6-1), Roger Attfield tapping the hot riding Alex Solis. Mr. Attfield also can have them ready to roll off the bench.

Running Totals: (811) 258-168-113 Total Dollar Return: $1,787.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, February 18, 2011

Child’s Play for Giants Play?

Whichever filly you land on in today’s Gulfstream feature for fillies and mare preliminary allowance types going a marathon distance, taking a short price should be out of the question, certainly no lower than 5-1.

Three of the ladies are making their U.S. debuts for trainers named Biancone, Clement and Motion. Do you think any would have a problem getting one ready off a lengthy layup? Me neither.

The newcomer that interests us is Giants Play (8-1), the Clement filly. He raced very consistently as a Euro three year old, albeit on lesser circuits, and her Pps indicate she has tactical speed, good for our turf courses, not so much over there. Clement likes to use Bravo, and Jersey Joe’s riding well here.

We’re taking Giants Play to win at 6-1 or greater, and keying her in money positions in the multiples with Up In Lights (4-1), La Luna De Miel (5-1), Silk Route (7-2) and Champagnelifestyle (6-1).

Running Totals: (810) 258-168-112 Total Dollar Return: $1,787.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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