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.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Soar Like an Eagle

Today’s allowance feature at Delaware Park is a competitive allowance sprint that logically affords an opportunity to secure value.

Favorite Cash McCool (2-1) returns to the Delaware Valley after meeting some hard hitting Midwest sprinters at Oaklawn Park but boasts neither the winning profile nor ther superior speed figures to warrant such favoritism. The outpost post is no advantage at this venue, either.

Eliminate that gelding and the race opens up considerably, with many of those contenders long on early speed, making the race especially challenging. A short price you don’t want or need.

Like An Eagle (8-1) won’t be a short price and rates to be as good as any of the major contenders. His last was a big improvement but not so much that he would automatically regress in this spot.

Six weeks of spacing looks just right, his last produced a next-out winner from two starters, trainer Mac Robertson has won with two of his first six starters at the meet, he’s not been worse than second in four starts including two wins and has shown an ability to kick on late. The rail post helps his chances.

Taking Like An Eagle to win at 6-1 or greater and keying him first and second in exactas with classy returnee Suave Jazz (3-1) and the super sharp Dramatic Trip (6-1).

Running Totals: (649) 204-131-90 Total Dollar Return: $1,425.50 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, May 15, 2010

Form Looms Large in Preakness 135

For a more detailed handicapping analysis, see Pricci's Morning Line blog on HRI lead page

Taking Super Saver to win at 2-1 or greater, and an exacta box with Lookin At Lucky and Coracortado.

Trifecta and superfecta players are advised to key Super Saver and Lookin At Lucky first, second and third with Coracortado, Pleasant Prince, Jackson Bend and Dublin.

Running Totals: (647) 204-131-90 Total Dollar Return: $1,425.50 [win selections only] {Friday results not included}

Written by John Pricci


Friday, May 14, 2010

Seeking the Black-Eyed Susan Title

Today’s Black-Eyed Susan Stakes features a deserving favorite in Tidal Pool (8-5), trained by Wayne Lukas, ridden by Calvin Borel and most recently second and third to divisional leading Blind Luck in he Fantasy Stakes and Kentucky Oaks.

She’s clearly fastest, and therein lies the potential problem. Her efforts of two and three races back were big and they were enervating. She should have no problem shaking loose once again, but the nine-furlong trip might prove little less that a sixteenth too far.

There’s some talent in this group with a few boasting tremendous upside. The filly with the most potential, however, is the lightly raced Seeking The Title (5-1).

The Dallas Stewart-trained filly finished strongly albeit too late in the Fair Grounds Oaks. She’s never taken a backward step, is nicely bred for today’s longer ground and has trained very well for this. Kent Desormeaux takes the re-ride.

Taking Seeking The Title to win at 4-1 or greater and making a Black-Eyed Susan-Preakness double with Super Saver.

Also, keying Seeking The Title first and second in exactas and trifectas with Tidal Pool, Sunland Oaks winning Harissa (5-1), and the promising price shot, Acting Happy (10-1). Trifecta players can add the sharp No Such Word (7-2) to their mix.

Running Totals: (647) 204-131-90 Total Dollar Return: $1,425.50 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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