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.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Take Refuge in Rice FIlly

Today it’s the girl’s turn, the New York Stallion series, Statue of Liberty division, for horses sired by New York stallions. And if there’s anyone in the group capable of outrunning early line and likely ante post favorite In Te Domine (2-1), I can't figure who it might be.

Her last was extraordinary, very fast on performance figures and visually impressive, a key race 7 furlongs that produced two next out winners. She has course experience from her juvenile campaign and by Freud, from an A.P. Indy mare, she’s set to go long once again.

Taking In Te Domine to win, no price restrictions, and boxing her in the exacta with In Your Dreams (5-1), coming off a Pace Low and leaving from the pole position with Rajiv Maragh. Trifecta players can add the sharp Bretton Woods (6-1) to their mix.

Running Totals: (704) 228-144-97 Total Dollar Return: $1,588.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Taking Lubash, a Real Hoochie Coocher

Today’s feature, the New York bred Stallion Stakes, Cab Calloway division, might not be all that glamorous but it’s an interesting betting race nonetheless with horses in various states of accomplishment and development. Of those, two favorites have earned their rolls but one offers better value.

Seattle Mission (2-1) usually fires his best shot but he’s had no excuses in some of those, including his recent return to Saratoga. The good news is that he gets a switch to Ramon Dominguez; the bad is that he’s saddled with a tough, outside draw.

Lubash (3-1) also gets a rider switch, a more significant one to Kent Desormeaux who rides the Spa turf especially well, has a cozy inside draw, tactical speed, can finish and earns the best figures among these with consistency. It is this Jim Ryerson trainee who would be the more deserving favorite.

Taking Lubash to win at 2-1 or greater and an exacta box with Seattle Mission.

Running Totals: (703) 227-144-97 Total Dollar Return: $1,582.50 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Monday, August 09, 2010

Changing Skies Goes All the Waya

Today’s feature for older fillies and mares at 12 furlongs on the grass is the Waya Stakes, an overnighter attracting a field of nine. The bad news is that it’s hard to imagine anyone other than early favorite Changing Skies (9-5) winding up in the charmed circle.

Tested in graded company, she passed muster, winning the G3 The Very One with seconds in the Bewitch and G2 New York Handicap. Reuniting with Kent Desormeaux and stretching out to a marathon, her best distance, she owns versatility and has no preference for any particular type of footing. Her half-mile breeze in :48 4/5 will have her in this from the start.

Taking Changing Skies with no price restrictions, keying her in the multiples with Casablanca Style (2-1) and Ballynoe (12-1).

Running Totals: (702) 226-144-97 Total Dollar Return: $1,578.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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