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, April 02, 2011

Lightning in a Bridle

Sorry, but sometimes you just have to take what they give you. That’s the case in today’s feature Gulfstream Park Oaks, a.k.a. the Bonnie Miss in a previous life.

Normally, that would mean a filly like It’s Tricky (2-1), undefeated in three lifetime starts, including two around two turns. Further, she’s the fastest on the Equiform performance scale, by a considerable margin, and distributed her energy very efficiently last out, developing nicely right before your eyes.

Instead, however, we’ll opt for early line favorite R Heat Lightning (8-5) given a lights out performance over today’s racetrack. Grade 1 tough, she’s already a multiple G2 winner meeting a filly that has yet to be tested at this level.

Continuing to train well, her figures improved as distances lengthened last year, including a two turn placing in the BC Juvenile Fillies and no reason to believe that won’t be the case again today.

Taking R Heat Lightning to win, no price restrictions, keying her in the trifecta with Beso Grande (6-1), Island School (6-1) and It’s Tricky..

Running Totals: (838) 266-174-114 Total Dollar Return: $1,857.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, April 01, 2011

Scout’s Honor

Pretty tricky Gulfstream feature, then 7-½ furlongs turf sprints figure to be just that, plus there are two entrants making their U.S. debuts for top turf and layup outfits.

The interest Americans are Almoradi (5-1), who’s really improved for Eddie Kenneally, and picking up Paco, the very speedy but feint of heart Just Playin Around (10-1), and Avenuesandalleyways (8-1) making his second start here.

But it’s Army Scout that’s really intriguing. Joe Allen owns this extremely well bred invader, now in the barn of Kiaran McLaughlin, sporting a series of good turf sprint lines in Europe, which often translates into successful U.S. milers, today’s distance.

Working bullets at his Palm Meadows base, McLaughlin taps Johnny Velazquez who can place the high quality runner wherever he wishes.

Taking Army Scout to win at 5-2 or greater and keying him first and second in the multiples with the three Americans listed above and Right One (8-1), making his U.S. debut for Christophe Clement. Both invaders are getting first-time Lasix.

Running Totals: (837) 266-174-114 Total Dollar Return: $1,857.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, March 31, 2011

Clement and Bravo On Fire

Today’s Gulfstream feature is tricky. First, all turf marathons of a mile and a half can be. Secondly, the pace scenario as you might expect is a little vague and there are any number of horses at various stages of their career and form cycle.

There are two significant droppers in Free Fighter and Simmard, returnees, and relatively young horses that are still developing. One of those returnees, En Fuego, is also dropping slightly and hails from an outfit that not only has had a good meet but has done so with their returnees.

En Fuego is training steadily at his Payson Park base for Chris Clement and he’s done a lot of his winning here with Joe Bravo, today’s rider. He went well in his first start at the distance and has shown enough talent to close off very slow paces. Any reasonable fractions should suit his kick very well.

Taking En Fuego to win at 7-2 or greater and keying him both ways in exotics with Free Fighter (3-1), Bigshot (6-1) and Sporty (6-1).

Running Totals: (836) 266-173-114 Total Dollar Return: $1,857.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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