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, February 09, 2011

I Have a Wish Today

Interesting turf feature at Gulfstream, a secondary allowances-optional claimer on the turf for fillies and mares and one mile.

My first instinct was to take early line favorite Exchanging Kisses (3-1) to repeat. She loves it here, owns a game win at the meeting, and returns at her optimal distance for an outfit that’s 3-for-6 in SoFla this winter.

But perhaps, we’re thinking, Commandeered will keep her occupied on the front end, setting the stage for a rally type. Well, that’s the way were going with Tenth Wish (8-1).

Two for two in her racing career, she’s gotten a late start for a master, Jonathan Sheppard. She owns considerably late foot, has handled two different courses in as many starts and should have the table set for her here.

The aggressive E T Baird can secure reasonably good position and it’s a question of whether she will handle the harder ground at Gulfstream. At fair odds, it’s worth finding out.

Taking Tenth Wish to win at 9-2 or greater, an exacta box with Exchanging Kisses, and adding Commandeered, Raging Wit (8-1) and Strong Commitment (10-1) to the exotic mix.

Running Totals: (803) 257-167-111 Total Dollar Return: $1,781.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Liquor May Be Quicker But. Candy Is Dandy

Today’s Parx feature is certainly a skull buster what with horses in various stages of the form cycles and with several switching barns for extremely high percentage trainers.

We’ll try not to get too cute and take High On Candy (9-2) who stretches to an optimal two turns for a top outfit, fits very well at this level, has some versatility, competitive figures, an inside draw.

Further, this will be his first start at a reduced level since claimed three back and fits the conditions snugly here.

Betting High On Candy to win at 4-1 or greater and keying him first and second in exactas with fast worker On Vacation (5-2), making his first start for Tony Dutrow, and Proud Ruler, who figures to be a pace presence throughout.

Running Totals: (803) 257-167-111 Total Dollar Return: $1,781.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, February 05, 2011

Taking Morning Line All Day Long

Trainer Nice Zito is saddling uncoupled favorites in today’s Grade 1 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park. The early favorite, Fly Down (5-2) was third when last in the Classic behind Blame and the Big Mare.

Although he likes today’s surface, the thinking is he is more 10 furlongs than nine, Today, I’ll pay to test that theory.

But Morning Line (3-1) is a miler that’s been effective at nine furlongs, winning the Pennsylvania Derby last fall before a narrow loss in the BC Dirt Mile. In his 4-year-old debut on this track, he was forced into a pace duel, didn’t appear all that sharp while doing so, but stayed gamely to the finish. It looked like a perfect prep.

That race, the Hal’s Hope, has produced two next out winners from three starters. He owns tactical speed, inside position, and is working strongly for this live outfit.

Taking Morning Line to win at 2-1 or greater and an exacta box with Rule, coming from the same race in his second start off a lengthy layup.

Running Totals: (802) 257-166-111 Total Dollar Return: $1,781.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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