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, October 31, 2009

If I Lose, Only Myself to Blame

We do believe the linemaker made the wrong favorite in today’s Grade 2 Raven Run, the final Saturday program of the Keeneland fall meet. It’s hard to argue with Parading’s (7-5) credentials. Always competitive in G1 company, he gets a little class relief here, likes the artificial surface, draws inside and attracts Kent D. for Shug McGaughey.

But this year has been not only the year of the filly but the year of the three-year-olds, who have represented their class well when pitted against their elders. Now Blame (9-5) won’t make you reach but should enable you to knock off the favorite.

Developing beautifully, he’s never taken a backward step in his career on the Equiform scale and as a sophomore, gets weights from his elders. Last out he was a very good second to Breeders’ Cup-bound Regal Ransom, who dictated a soft pace on his way to the circle. Six weeks fresh, little Al Stall’s three-year-old should continue to march under regular rider Jamie Theriot.

Taking Blame to win at 8-5 or greater and keying him in exotics with the favorite and price shot Public Speaker (10-1), a late developing 4-year-old who’s in raging form and draws the for ship-in ace, Dale Bennett.

Running Totals: (533) 161-106-77 Total Dollar Return: $1,122.70 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, October 30, 2009

They Call Him Mr. Hooker

Today’s preliminary allowances for state-bred 3-year-olds and up at a mile and a sixteenth on the fresh Big A turf course features a speedster vs. strong connections vs. a price shot with a good late kick making its second start in a new barn adding blinkers.

That’s what makes Mr. Hooker (12-1) an interesting play. His inside draw and the switch to Alan Garcia also helps as he’s certain to get a good pace due to the presence of the fast Cash’n In Dixie (3-1), a colt with good connections stretching out but with a questionable pedigree for the route.

Compelled to take Mr. Hooker to win at 8-1 or greater, on turf only, and keying him first and second with Cash’n In Dixie and the fast but thus far disappointing Quiet On the Tee (5-2).

Running Totals: (532) 161-106-76 Total Dollar Return: $1,122.70 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, October 29, 2009

Cool Day, Hot Prospect

Today’s secondary allowances-optional claimer for fillies and mares at six furlongs is interesting, fillies in various stages of development meeting each other at a new meet on the local circuit.

But you’d have to believe that Hold That Prospect, returning from a layoff for Gary Gullo, has been specifically pointed to this spot.

A fresh filly with a strong workout for her return, is 1-for-1 on this surface, owns two wins on wet tracks--if conditions remain the same as Wednesday’s--and attracts Jorge Chavez, a top rider on wet surfaces who has a good rapport with trainer Gullo.

Hold That Prospect, the fastest filly in the lineup on performance figures, looms the speed of the speed.

Taking Hold That Prospect to win at 3-1 or greater and keying her in exotics first and second with River Fancy (5-2), getting class relief here, and the well placed Sneaky Girl (3-1), from a barn that points for the Aqueduct sessions.

Running Totals: (531) 160-106-76 Total Dollar Return: $1,118.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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