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.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

This Miss Can Do It All

Today’s Belmont feature is for state-bred fillies and mares sprinting 7 furlongs in the Anniron Stakes, and a very competitive sprint it is.

With any number of these long on performance figures and speed, the ability to handle projected wet footing seems paramount. But in Sapphire Sky (7-2), having the ability to handle the demanding sprint distance on Big Sandy and negotiate wet footing, is a filly that can do all three.

Given that the much improved and very well managed Meese Rock (3-1) is positioned to her inside and is coming off a lifetime best effort, the fresh David Donk trainee should be able to sit a comfortable stalking trip beneath Johnny Velazquez before making a winning move approaching headstretch.

Taking Sapphire Sky to win at 5-2 or greater.

Running Totals: (736) 239-153-98 Total Dollar Return: $1,649.20 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A Wink Gets the Nod

Today’s Parx feature, a non-winners of 3 other-than/optional claimer, is a highly competitive sprint going the hybrid distance of 6-½ furlongs.

Given his “ownership” of this circuit, Todd Got Even (7-2) is a worthy early line favorite with Joe Bravo shipping over for the ride. Based on performance figures, he’s improved since Scott Volk took over his training, and he’s 3-for-7 with horses shipping back to the trainer’s Parx base. He will be a tough out.

But we’re going for the value offered with improving 5-year-old Wink At The Girls (12-1). A four-time winner on this surface, a winner at this distance, he earned his lifetime best at today’s hybrid route and on a wet surface. And considering that Scott Lake is a profitable 23 percent with his turnback and that he attracts perennial Parx leader Frankie Pennington, the price seems too good to pass up.

Taking Wink At The Girls to win at 10-1 or greater, using him in an exacta with Todd Got Even, and in all money positions with the latter, surface lover Movin Out (5-1,) and improving 4-year-old Middle Bank (12-1).

Running Totals: (735) 239-153-98 Total Dollar Return: $1,649.20 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, September 25, 2010

Speed Kills

No one would be surprised if the very fast Sara Louise (2-1) turned out to be the post time favorite to win the G2 Gallant Bloom, especially considering she’s fastest on performance figures and earned that fast-track figure when fresh. And she’s been working up a storm.

But since entering the Bob Baffert shed and picking up Martin Garcia, under whom she’s 3-for-3, Rapport is simply much improved and possesses dominant early speed.

Super-sharp 3-year-old never has been as good as she is right now, she’s beaten her elders twice and won her only start at today’s hybrid distance. None one seems capable of seriously testing her early. A bullet away from the barrier, she’s been very well managed by Baffert and rates to continue her winning ways.

Taking Rapport to win at 2-1 or greater and keying her first and second in multiples with Sara Louise, tough-tripper First Passage (15-1) and Belmont/distance lover, Qualia (5-1).

Running Totals: (734) 239-153-98 Total Dollar Return: $1,649.20 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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