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.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Forecasting Fair Skies for Long Island

In today’s featured Grade 3 Long Island Handicap for fillies and mares going a mile and a half on turf, if there’s a way to beat Changing Skies (1-1), I haven’t found it.

When last seen she was beaten in the last jump but seam-splitting Ave in fast time--and that was in the Grade 1 Flower Bowl. Her performance figures are consistently fast, she’s coming off a Turf Decline Line pattern, and is coming in six weeks fresh.

She owns a victory at the distance and gets Johnny Velazquez on the re-ride. Further, the Mott barn has been firing on all cylinders and she has a versatile style, always handy at marathon distances.

Taking Changing Skies to win, no price restrictions, and keying her first and second in multiples with Deveron (7-2), distance specialist Mekong Melody (4-1) and forward-looking Sweet And Flawless (6-1); extra tickets with the choice on top.

Running Totals: (761) 245-158-102 Total Dollar Return: $1,700.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, November 11, 2010

Scheming to Cash

Today’s Aqueduct turf feature, a rare non-winners of 3 other-than/optional claiming, looks like the right spot for Denomination (8-5). Competitive in stakes, including a Grade 3, coming in fresh for Christophe Clement, attracting Dominguez and getting class relief, he will be a tough out. However, we’ll take a sharp rival with a potential for value.

State-bred Exclusive Scheme (4-1) has a lot going for her. She, too, is getting class relief, has tactical speed and kick, with Johnny Velazquez likely insuring a good trip. Owning a win at the distance and 1-for-1 on the local course, the four-year-old filly has conditioning on the turn-back from nine furlongs. Can’t make any excuses here.

Taking Exclusive Scheme to win at 5-2 or greater and keying her in multiples first and second with the early line favorite and uber sharpsters Darjeeling (5-1) and Quebrada Shiner (6-1).

Running Totals: (760) 245-157-102 Total Dollar Return: $1,700.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Clever Pickings at Chuchill

Today’s feature at Churchill Downs is an interesting preliminary allowances for fillies and mares 3 & up going a mile and a sixteenth.

Silver La Belle (2-1) is getting class relief dropping from a pair of overnight stakes and Crown Me Wicked (5-1) returns to dirt from synthetics, a profitable 35 percent winning proposition for the Maker barn with Julien Leparoux.

But the filly who figures to appreciate the return to Churchill Downs is Absolutely Smart (8-1), whose lifetime best effort came on this track at the trip at the last meeting.

Further, she’s going turf to dirt for Bernie Flint and Calvin Borel, showing improvement each time that scenario was repeated, winning one and improving her performance figure in the other.

Taking Absolutely Smart to win at 6-1 or greater and keying her in money positions with her rivals listed here.

Running Totals: (759) 245-157-102 Total Dollar Return: $1,700.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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