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, May 26, 2010

Belle Of The Feature

In today’s Belmont Park allowance feature for fillies and mares 3 & up non-winners of 2 lifetime, there is great temptation to pick against early line favorite Belle Of The Hall (6-5). After all, she spots most of her rivals experience as the winner of her only lifetime start, at six furlongs, not today’s seven, and there has been a change of venue, from Gulfstream Park to Big Sandy.

The most likely alternative would be Muhaawara (5-2), who’s competitive on performance figures, has experience--five starts and three at today’s trip--coming off a soft win figure wise and given plenty of spacing, almost six weeks. And the team of Kiaran McLaughlin and Johnny Velazquez certainly doesn’t hurt.

And there’s Jersey Shore Girl (6-1), who’s also competitive figure-wise, has conditioning turning back from one mile, was totally eliminated at the break in her last race, switching to Rajiv Maragh and likely to fall between the parimutuel cracks.

But aside from the top connections, Tom Albertrani and Ramon Dominguez, the manner of her win was indicative of a filly who will have no problem with the added furlong, given excellent energy distribution in her debut and the manner of her totally comprehensive victory. Even though Muhaawara has the pedigree to be special, too, this filly has an extremely high upside.

Taking Belle Of The Hall, no price restrictions, and keying her first and second in both multiples with her formidable rivals here.

Running Totals: (655) 205-132-93 Total Dollar Return: $1,434.20 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Fly South Headed in the Right Direction

Today’s nominal feature at Delaware Park is a $50,000 claiming event for three-year-olds sprinting six furlongs and it has attracted a competitive field of eight.

The early line favorite clearly is the most accomplished. Don’t Blame the Cat (5-2) has won three starts, including a small stakes and has the performance figures that gives him an edge in this matchup.

However, as accomplished as he is, he’s dropping into a straight claimer off a brief layup and has been training very well at Monmouth Park for his return. So why is he shipping to Delaware instead of running for the rich purses at the Shore.

Now King Rock (9-2) has won two of his last three and is realistically placed at this level but lacks the figures to place with his the fastest members of this group. But Fly South (7-2).

From the barn of Cody Autry, who has gotten off quickly at the young meet, he has the kind of tactical speed and inside position that plays nicely at this venue and the talented position-conscious Shane Sellers--who’s done a lot of winning for this barn of late--is more than capable of working out a favorable inside trip.

Taking Fly South to win at 3-1 or greater and boxing him in the exacta with King Rock.

Running Totals: (654) 205-132-93 Total Dollar Return: $1,434.20 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, May 22, 2010

A Bit of Bubbly Never a Bad Idea

Today’s feature t Belmont Park is the Grade2 Sheepshead Bay for fillies and mares going 11 furlongs, and what a skullbuster it is. Eight horses, two uncoupled entries, and spotty form with classy returnees and various unknowns.

We believe the mare with proven class, good performance figures with remaining upside is the returning Bubbly Jane (4-1) for Paulo Lobo.

When last seen, this five-year-old daughter of the long winded Yagli was the key Long Island Handicap that produced two next out winners, she won fresh last year for this barn and her next loss at Belmont Park will be her first in three starts.

With not a lot of speed signed on here and given her freshness, Rajiv Maragh can play this one off the break and anything close to her ‘A’ game will get the job done here.

Taking Bubbly Jane to win and place at 7-2 or greater.

Running Totals: (652) 205-132-91 Total Dollar Return: $1,434.20 [win selections only] {Friday results not included}

Written by John Pricci


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