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.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Keeping It Simple in Belmont 143

Taking Nehro to win, looking for 4-1 or greater. Keying him first and second in super exotics, using Santiva (15-1) and Brilliant Speed (15-1) in all money positions, filling out the play with Shackleford and Animal Kingdom.

Running Totals: (874) 276-179-119 Total Dollar Return: $1,917.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, June 10, 2011

Taking What the Game Gives You

Today’s Belmont feature, the Brooklyn Handicap and start of the Brooklyn-Belmont double, offers little opportunity for value, such are the merits of last year’s Belmont winner, Drosselmeyer (6-5).

He showed enough improvement in his second start at 4 to earn a soft win in his return to Belmont, auguring well for another forward move.

And what could be better for a Mott trainee than a stretchout to what is, to date, his best distance; his Belmont Stakes figure being his lifetime best?

Sometimes you’re forced to take what they give you. Taking Drosselmeyer to win with no price restrictions and keying him in the Brooklyn-Belmont double with Nehro and Shackleford.

Running Totals: (873) 276-178-119 Total Dollar Return: $1,917.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, June 09, 2011

Where the Winner Meets the Road

Though it’s something most players don’t associate with, Todd Pletcher will drop horses to win, such is the case with Blues Street (9-5). Fully realize this is a 7 year old but the drop into a claimer with a horse that still competitive in graded company seems a bit much. We’re looking elsewhere.

Like Asphalt (2-1),making hi first start for trainer Chad Brown. Coming off a lifetime best, which clearly is good enough to win here, he’s been given sufficient recovery time with the barn change and he’s been working rapidly for his return. A good third to the streaking Little Mike, the 4 year old looks well spotted with this group.

Taking Asphalt to win at 8-5 or greater and an exacta box with the sharp Alyarf (4-1)

Running Totals: (873) 276-178-119 Total Dollar Return: $1,917.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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