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, September 30, 2010

All My Life’s a Circle

It’s easy to tell when Rudy Rodriguez has taken over the training of a new horse without even looking at the PPs: Just look at the horse’s performance figures and if they’ve improved markedly, that’s your first strong clue. Such as was the case when I looked at Endless Circle (2-1) in today’s featured Easy N Dirty Stakes at 6-½ furlongs for New York breds.

And there’s a chance that 2-1 is gettable since the horse he beat who was odds-on last time, Driven By Success (9-5), is back in and sure to attract strong play given the Todd/Johnny Team.

Endless Circle has a better position in mid-gate while the favorite has drawn the rail. He owns tactical speed and can kick, is a four-time winner at Belmont and is 2-for-3 at the hybrid distance. His most recent top figure was earned on a sloppy surface and he’s been given sufficient recovery time since that Spa sprint.

Taking Endless Circle to win at 8-5 or greater and an exacta with General Maximus (4-1). Trifecta players should add price shot Good Card (20-1) to their mix.

Running Totals: (737) 239-153-98 Total Dollar Return: $1,649.20 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Can’t Kid a Kidder

Today’s Belle Cherie Stakes at Belmont Park is interesting given it’s wide open nature, horses in various stages of development coming off layups and freshening, all compounded by the fact that the area is expecting heavy rains through the period. But that shouldn’t adversely effect Kid Kate (6-1) adversely, especially since she’s 3-for-3 in wet going.

It’s not only that but the late developer earned a lifetime best performance figure going a mile at Belmont Park, today’s trip. Add to that the fact that her half mile in :48 termed breezing was second fastest of 82 three-year-old fillies that week, she’s coming off a soft win and was wisely shipped to Belmont before the Spa meet ended, even though she won at the Spa oval. Certainly looks like she’s been pointed this way.

Taking Kid Kate to win at 7-2 or greater and keying her first and second in exactas with Ailelea, Quiet Giant and Beautician.

Running Totals: (737) 239-153-98 Total Dollar Return: $1,649.20 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


This Miss Can Do It All

Today’s Belmont feature is for state-bred fillies and mares sprinting 7 furlongs in the Anniron Stakes, and a very competitive sprint it is.

With any number of these long on performance figures and speed, the ability to handle projected wet footing seems paramount. But in Sapphire Sky (7-2), having the ability to handle the demanding sprint distance on Big Sandy and negotiate wet footing, is a filly that can do all three.

Given that the much improved and very well managed Meese Rock (3-1) is positioned to her inside and is coming off a lifetime best effort, the fresh David Donk trainee should be able to sit a comfortable stalking trip beneath Johnny Velazquez before making a winning move approaching headstretch.

Taking Sapphire Sky to win at 5-2 or greater.

Running Totals: (736) 239-153-98 Total Dollar Return: $1,649.20 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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