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.

Monday, August 23, 2010

It’s Good To Be the Queen

When the two favorites for today’s Union Avenue Stakes for state-bred fillies going six furlongs met, the position dynamics were completely different.

In that Finger Lakes sprint, Gold For The Queen (7-2) was under the gun from the pole with La Concerto applying the pressure. The two battled all the way with the outside filly prevailing.

Today, it is La Concerto (3-1) that has drawn the rail, she figures to be pressured by several rivals here, including Gold For The Queen, making her job very difficult. Both fillies can handle any footing and both have worked well since their last meeting.

However, it’s the versatility of Gold For The Queen that makes her the play at 5-2 or greater, plus exacta boxes with La Concerto and late running City Broad (9-2).

Running Totals: (713) 232-146-97 Total Dollar Return: $1,603.40 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Sunday, August 22, 2010

I’ve Got No Explaining To Do

Today’s G2 Lake Placid for three-year-old fillies on turf going nine furlongs drew six entrants, five of which are graded stakes placed.

Check the Label (7-5) is a deserving favorite, having won the G12 Sands Point at Belmont at this distance then taking the G3 Va. Oaks in her latest, and is now 2-for-2 beneath Dominguez.

But we’ll step out and try for the upset with No Explaining (7-2). Also a winner at nine furlongs, she never really had a chance to run until it was too late in the shorter Lake George over the course July 28, finishing well after finally securing running room.

A shorter field will find the pace softer, placing her closer, and the switch to Johnny V. can make all the difference here.

Taking No Explaining to win at 5-2 or greater and an exacta box with Check the Label.

Running Totals: (713) 232-146-97 Total Dollar Return: $1,603.40 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, August 21, 2010

The Devil Made Me Do It

Today’s Saratoga feature is really a great matchup, protem divisional leading Californian, Blind Luck (8-5), vs. the East’s most accomplished 3-year-old filly, Devil May Care (7-5).

Given the pace dynamics and the benefit of a recent race over the track, a victory in the Coaching Club American Oaks, extending her Spa record to 2-for-2, Devil May Care is the deserving early line favorite and most probable winner.

Considering Blind Luck is 8-for-12 in her career, including four Grade 1s, that’s saying a lot.

Taking Devil May Care to win, no price restrictions, and keying her first and second in exactas with Blind Luck and Havre de Grace, narrowly beaten by Blind Luck in her graded stakes debut, the Delaware Oaks.

Running Totals: (712) 232-146-97 Total Dollar Return: $1,603.40 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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