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, July 09, 2011

Youth Will Be Served

Today’s stakes event at Belmont Park truly is one, the Grade 1 Man o’ War, featuring three-time Eclipse champion Gio Ponti (6-5), who came charging too late and failed to catch upstart Mission Approved (5-1), benefiting from a soft lead on yielding ground while getting eight pounds from the champion.

Today there’s an 10-pound shift in favor of Gio Ponti, which should help the champ reverse the recent Manhattan Handicap decision. Nevertheless, we’ll take any value offered on European import Cape Blanco (4-1).

A multiple Group 1 winner, he was out of his element going shorter vs. the two of the best milers in Europe; Canford Hills and champion mare Goldikova. Today’s added distance and addition of Lasix should move the 4-year-old forward sufficiently to upset the champion.

Taking Cape Blanco to win at 2-1 or greater.

Running Totals: (888) 279-180-121 Total Dollar Return: $1,932.80 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, July 08, 2011

Why I Oughta’

Today’s Belmont feature, a non-winners of three/optional claiming allowances, drew but a field of five but with an opportunity for value. The early line favorite Bank Merger (7-5) is classy and talented but has been away since 2010.

The best option is second choice Have You Ever, a Pletcher trainee who’s a four time winner over Big Sandy and 1-for-1 at today’s hybrid distance.

But his real strength is his early speed and it appears that he can get loose with a sharp start. Given recovery time since his last, he’s worked very sharply for his Belmont finale.

Taking Have You Ever to win at 2-1 or greater and boxing him in the exacta with uber sharp, fast working Just Hold On.

Running Totals: (887) 279-180-121 Total Dollar Return: $1,932.80 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, July 07, 2011

Beau Choix, Allez, Allez

Today’s feature at Belmont Park is an extremely competitive turf route for older, talented horses. With weather conditions iffy for Thursday, it’s prudent to take a runner with versatility. Beau Choix (8-1) fits that bill.

Stretching to his optimal distance, coming out of the graded Poker Stakes that’s already produced a next out winner from one starter, Beau Choix has earned his best figures on this course, handles any footing, owns a sharp recent work and picks up Dominguez.

Taking Beau Choix to win at 5-1 or greater and key boxing him in multiples with Voodoo Swinge (3-1), Cherokee Artist (5-1) and Monument Hill (10-1).

Running Totals: (886) 278-180-121 Total Dollar Return: $1,924.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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