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.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Here Comes the Judge

Today’s Aqueduct feature is the Busanda Stakes for three-year-old fillies and this one, as is the way with most small fields will be a rider’s race with tactics likely dictating results. Further, since most have a similar style, the problem becomes more vexing.

Obviously, experience is important with young horses and we like the fact that the speedy Judge Sonya has had three starts, all over different tracks, with two wins coming a disparate distances. That counts for a lot.

Further, this filly comes in super sharp, with four works following her recent score, three of which were of the bullet variety. Veteran Mike Luzzi is an excellent judge of pace and he will need those skills here.

Virtually any of her four rivals drawn inside her can leave for early position. It will be up to Luzzi to play this wisely off the break. The filly’s versatile style will help in that regard.

Taking Judge Sonya to win, no price restrictions.

Running Totals: (572) 179-116-79 Total Dollar Return: $1,234.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, January 08, 2010

A Slick Pick in the Feature

An interesting Aqueduct feature, a secondary allowances optional claimer around two turns for fillies and mares which features to provide bettable odds on any and all starters.

The form fillies in her are the top and bottom, Rick Dutrow’s Cape Cod Girl (3-1) and Kiaran McLaughlin’s Starship Angel (7-2) with Anna Napravnik.

Cape Cod Lady figures to be a tough out. Extremely consistent as a winner of five of eight, she is the controlling speed from the rail and there aren’t many riders as skilled as Richard Migliore on the lead. Her figures are competitive, as are most of the fillies in the group.

But Starship Girl is just super sharp at the moment, a still developing four year old coming off a career best effort, indicating that she’s maturing at just the right time. Owning tactical speed, she can get position despite her inside draw and a sharp :36 2/5 breeze indicates that’s a good possibility here. The post, in fact, should ensure fair value.

Taking Starship Girl to win at 5-2 or greater, boxing her in the multiples with Cape Cod Girl and adding Burning Calories (8-1) to the mix, shipping in sharp for the crafty Scott Volk and picking up Jorge Chavez, riding in excellent form and should suit this mare’s style and the race shape.

Running Totals: (571) 178-116-79 Total Dollar Return: $1,227.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, January 07, 2010

This Bluff’s for Real

A choice of “features” today since two Aqueduct allowance races have the identical highest purses. We’re opting for the third race, a sprint for older fillies and mares, because of an opportunity for true value.

That’s what happens when, by definition, the fastest horse is an early line third choice.

Kissa Melissa with Dominguez is a worthy stronger half of the Friedman entry at 9-5, coming off a semi-wide trip against allowance rivals on this surface last out.

But Purrfect Bluff (7-2) is faster, a three-quarter mile specialist coming off a series of sharp wins in arguably tougher claiming company. The five-week spacing looks just right and she’s nicely drawn outside in a small field.

Taking Purrfect Bluff to win at 5-2 or greater and an exacta box with Kissa Melissa.

Running Totals: (570) 178-116-78 Total Dollar Return: $1,227.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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