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, April 27, 2010

A Pal You Can Count On

There’s a horse shipping northwest from New York for today’s feature at Finger Lakes and it’s east to understand why Mr. Windjammer (6-5) is such a prohibitive favorite. Back in Jonathan Buckley’s barn, he recent finished chasing Dr. W., not once but twice.

Dr. W has been on a roll recently and last out upset the favorite in a restricted stakes at Aqueduct. A eight time winner here and 3-for-5 at the distance, he’s sure to be odds on in this optional claimer non-winners of a race other than this year.

But the value and the play is Pro’s Pal, also a winner of eight races here and four at the distance. The five year old gelding has been working bullets for the top return outfit of the prodigious Charlton Baker and looks like he will control at the tempo here. Run him down if you can.

Taking Pro’s Pal to win at early line odds of 2-1 and an exacta box with Mr. Windjammer.

Running Totals: (637) 200-127-89 Total Dollar Return: $1,389.50 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, April 24, 2010

Plenty in Reserve

For a handicapping perspective on today’s The Cliff’s Edge Derby Trail Stakes from Churchill Downs, see Pricci’s Morning Line blog on lead page

Taking Miner’s Reserve to win at 8-1 or greater and an exacta box with Eightyfiveinafifty. Trifecta players can add Pleasant Prince, Hurricane Ike (5-1), Aikenite (6-1), Game On Dude (10-1) and Soaring Empire (20-1) to the mix.

Running Totals: (636) 200-127-89 Total Dollar Return: $1,389.50 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, April 23, 2010

It’s War on the Keeneland Turf Course

Today’s Keeneland feature as the meet winds down is the Grade 2 Elkhorn for older turf specialist at the marathon distance of 12 furlongs. As you might suppose, this large field is wide open.

Since we’re a fan of class and grass, as well as tactical speed and positioning, it’s hard for us to get past the invading Sudden Path (6-1). A two time winner at the marathon trip and 1-for-2 over this surface, the five year old gelding has come to handle this year for Ken Mc Peek.

All this makes sense since the gelding has earned his two best lifetime figures at this trip, is set to move forward off his latest, and has shown tactical ability and kick.

With Alex Solis on the re-ride, Sudden War is finally getting away from Bourbon Bay, the turf start of the recent Santa Anita meet who took the San Juan Capistrano for his third victory of the meet. The lightly raced late developer should continue making progress and be in this one throughout given a favorable draw.

Taking Sudden War to win at 9-2 or greater and keying him in multiples with Timeless Fashion (6-1), seeking his fourth straight, classy old pro Brass Hat (8-1), dropping and reuniting with Calvin, and Transduction Gold (12-1) who made a bold wide rally to just miss place in the Mervin Muniz at Fair Grounds now making his third start off the layup.

Running Totals: (636) 200-127-89 Total Dollar Return: $1,389.50 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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