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, December 10, 2009

Saarlight, Saarbright

Today’s Aqueduct feature is a secondary allowances, optional claiming for fillies and mares sprinting six furlongs.

The connections of Saarlight (6-5), scratched from Saturday’s stakes won by Awesome Ashley, must have known they had this spot in their pocket for this talented, speedy miss who’s returning from a long layup.

As you might suspect, this spot’s easier, a lot easier. No one in here was recently competitive with graded stakes rivals, as Saturday’s field was, and no one appears to own the kind of quality speed that can threaten this miss, early or late. Consequently, we have little choice than the obvious.

Taking Saarlight to win, no price restrictions, and an exacta box with Motor City Mama (6-1), a six furlong specialist and three-time surface winner.

Running Totals: (558) 174-111-78 Total Dollar Return: $1,207.40 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Don’t Get in a Snit Over Today’s Feature

Today’s overnight Snit Stakes for fillies and mares going a mile and a sixteenth has attracted a full, competitive field and should prove a good betting race for horses that have not won an open stakes this year.

While we hate to back at three-year-old giving weight to older runners, we love backing three-year-olds against elders who get good late in the season and, more often than not, continue to develop.

All this seems the case with Love’s Blush (7-2), a streaking Maryland bred shipping up for the erstwhile Rodney Jenkins, who brings along Travis Dunkelberger for the ride. Don’t want to suggests he rides for this outfit, as he’s “only” riding at a 45% pace over the last two months while an overall remarkable 30 percent for the year.

Coming off a New Pace Top, he has tactical speed, kick, draws the pole for the short run into the first turn and appears to suit the race shape nicely in here.

Taking Love’s Blush to win at 3-1 or greater, and keying her first and second in exactas with the sharp Tidal Dance (9-2) and the quick-returning distance specialist Successful Sarah (12-1).

Running Totals: (558) 174-111-78 Total Dollar Return: $1,207.40 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Sunday, December 06, 2009

Longshot Worth Risk in Damon Runyon

The male half of the state-bred stakes for three-year-olds, the Damon Runyon goes as the seventh and it boasts an interesting price shot in Reading Group (15-1).

What makes him intriguing is that he comes out of the same race as the favorite, a key race, is on a healthy pattern, is bred for added distance, picks up Edgar Prado for a barn that’s profitable with their second-time-going long starters.

Add the fact that this race is loaded with speed, he can kick late and would appreciate any remaining moisture in the track.

Taking Reading Group to win and place at 12-1 or greater.

Running Totals: (557) 174-111-78 Total Dollar Return: $1,207.40 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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