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, June 10, 2010

No Secret, Stealth Missile Looks Best at Belmont

Today’s Belmont Park feature is a starter allowances for older horses going a mile that has attracted seven very closely matched horses, in terms of ability and running style. We’ll take the one that we feel most comfortable will run his race.

Stealth Missile (3-1) is once again rounding to his best form. The Repole horses have been holding their own following a recent barn switch away from Bruce Levine. The 6-year-old gelding has tactical speed and kick, fitting this group perfectly.

Drawn well toward the outside of this seven horse field and reuniting with Ramon Dominguez, he should be perfectly positioned in mid-pack until Ramon cuts him loose approaching the stretch. He can handle any kind of footing.

Taking Stealth Missile to win at 5-2 or greater and boxing him in the exacta with the sharp wet-track loving More Than A Reason (8-5), on the re-ride with Rajiv Maragh.

Running Totals: (667) 210-135-94 Total Dollar Return: $1,463.50 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Uphold the Law

It might not be the hardest five-horse race ever, but it’s close. There are 6-½ furlong specialists, in form horses with recency, and fast returnees that can win this optional three-other than allowances for older sprinters.

And so we’ll take the best specialist, a surface lover, a horse that earned her best lifetime figure at this trip, one that’s working well for his return from the layoff, is well posted, attracts one of the hottest riders in New York and is 10-1 on the early line.

Primarily a stretch running sprinter, his freshness could have him closer to the pace than usual. Taking Law Enforcement to win and place at 8-1 or greater.

Running Totals: (666) 210-134-94 Total Dollar Return: $1,463.50 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Cross the Delaware with Laus Dao

Today’s feature at Delaware Park is a secondary allowances-optional claiming going a mile and 70 yards for three year olds and up. We’re taking the old tack: “The place you lose it is the place you get it back.”

We picked Laus Dao (9-2) on May 11 returning from a layup and he raced as if short of condition. That won’t be the case here. With that effort under his girth and two recent works, he figures to revert to the form that enabled him to win the Count Fleet earlier this year.

The mini-turnback to a winning distance and in at a feathery 112 pounds vs. his elders, the new-pace-top runner projects for a stalking trip from his outer position in this seven horse field, pouncing on the leaders when Jeremy Rose cuts him loose.

Taking Laus Dao to win at 3-1 or greater and keying him first and second in trifectas with returning Strikewhileitshot (3-1), course lover Knight In Armour (12-1) and It’s Never To Late (2-1) from the white connections of Peter Walder and Jose Valdivia.

Running Totals: (665) 209-134-94 Total Dollar Return: $1,458.30 [win selections only]

{There is established precedent for this scenario at HRI: We made two win selections in the Belmont Stakes Saturday, and have treated it as a $2 loss on top selection Ice Box and a winning $1 bet on “saver wager” Drosselmeyer}.

Written by John Pricci


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