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, June 23, 2010

Price Play at Presque Isle

Choosing to add to our handicapping education in the realization that horses last racing at Presque Isle Downs have a very high success rate when shipping elsewhere, were going back to the western Pennsylvania track for today’s featured analysis. Plus, given the later post times, more readers have an opportunity to possible involve themselves in some way.

Besides, I’ve just got to throw deep today as El Profeta (8-1) simply has too many angles to ignore and, while his performance figures don’t match up with some of the faster members of this preliminary allowance-optional claiming group, the line is positive and he appears to be heading in the right direction.

For openers, trainer Adolfo Exposito has made a living on the road, winning at a profitable 29 percent rate. What’s more is that El Profeta is shipping back to a surface over which he’s 5-for-6 in the money, including two victories.

And where many of his rivals lack experience or pedigree for today’s nine furlongs, he finished second in his only start at this trip. The one with the best record, favorite Rises the Phoenix, has no experience on synthetics.

This barn’s been hot the last few months, it has had success with jockey Luis Gonzalez and the five year old gelding is a war horse, winning 10 of his 49 lifetime starts. Today’s class rise should insure bettable odds.

Taking El Profeta to win and place at early odds of 8-1 or greater.

Running Totals: (674) 215-136-94 Total Dollar Return: $1,491.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Race Is Not Always to the Swift

When it comes to improving new acquisitions, it’s no secret that Jamie Ness’s horses sometime move way up.

In today’s featured two turner at Presque Isle Downs, it’s not so much that Lil Carolina (3-1) has improved leaps and bounds. Rather it’s the incremental improvement the six year old mare has shown since coming under Ness’s care.

In fact, her last open-lengths victory over the Tapeta surface got her back to her previous best levels achieved on turf late last year, and all know about the correlations between good turf and synthetic form. But there is another filly sitting off her right hip, Alamanda Drive, who also has early speed and figures to improve off the recent return to Marilyn McMullen‘s barn..

However, there is another filly who fits those same parameters, and while West Court (6-1) is slower on performance figures than the race favorite, the four year old filly has upside and an impressive score over the Keeneland Polytrack for trainer Christophe Clement who reaches out for the patient strong finishing Pablo Morales, with whom he has enjoyed past success.

Taking West Court to win at 3-1 or greater and keying her in exactas first and second with Lil Carolina and surface loving The Lady Waffles (4-1).

Running Totals: (674) 214-136-94 Total Dollar Return: $1,485.40 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, June 19, 2010

Me and Eibar Down By the Schoolyard

Taking Schoolyard Dreams (5-1) to win at 4-1 or greater and boxing him in the exacta with Jackson Bend. Trifecta players can add Soaring Empire (8-1) and Afleet Express (5-2) to their mix.

Running Totals: (673) 214-136-94 Total Dollar Return: $1,485.40 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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