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, August 18, 2010


Today’s Saratoga feature is the Troy Stakes, an overnighter for older turf sprinters going 5-½ furlongs. While Linda Rice has an uncoupled threesome in here, reminiscent of the time she finished 1-2-3 in a Saratoga turf stakes. That doesn’t figure to be the case here.

Silver Timber (8-5) simply has too much class, too much ability on the performance scale, too much versatility, a coveted inside position and is reunited with Julien Leparoux, who’s won with three of his four recent rides aboard the 7-year-old gelding for Chad Brown, rolling right along at 38 percent efficiency at this meet.

Taking Silver Timber to win, no price restrictions, and exacta key boxes with recent tough-tripper Yield Bogey (6-1) and Spa lover Ahvee's Destiny (5-1).

Running Totals: (709) 231-145-97 Total Dollar Return: $1,599.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Monday, August 16, 2010

Betting On a Good One

Been looking forward to today’s Grade 2 Saratoga Special ever since it was announced that Kantharos (4-5) would compete. Obviously, it’s not about making a score with him.

Actually, there are two faster horses, and both are coupled as the Rick Violette-trained entry, although one must scratch because Alan Garcia was named on both.

Just looking at the footnote on Bail Out the Cat (8-5) tells you about his last start in the Sanford Stakes: “acted up, brutal start.” Indeed, he was eliminated, but his previous was a fast maiden score.

Sovereign Default simply ran a hole in the wind at first asking, earning the top performance figure in the group. But Kantharos just might be something special.

Despite stumbling at the break, he won the G3 Bashford Manor by nearly 10, his second straight without defeat. He’s won his first two starts by a combined 21-¼ lengths. Enough said.

Taking Kantharos to win, no price restrictions, and a cold exacta with either half of the Violette entry.

Running Totals: (708) 230-145-97 Total Dollar Return: $1,597.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Sunday, August 15, 2010

Taking a Position in the Adirondack

Always underappreciated, today’s Adirondack at 6-½ furlongs for juvenile fillies has attracted a talented, eclectic and very interesting group of ladies.

This race was so interesting and wide open on paper that our first inclination was to toss early line favorite Position Limit. Sure her race was extremely, repeat extremely, fast but it was over a different track than today’s, she’s had only that one race, and it was over a sealed muddy track.

Then Bob Baffert is shipping in with his wife’s Alienation, a one-time maiden breaker in fast time--but on turf. After an eight length maiden breaker, Nina Fever met G3 colts in Kentucky.

Miss Sarah Brown was purchase privately by a barn that shows a profit with new acquisitions and maiden breaker Coax Liberty at 20-1 deserved a strong look-see. Break ties at the replay center, so let’s start with the favorite.

My search ended there. With a debuting 8-5 runner being confidently handled and with Position Limit appearing to have some difficulty with the going, it appeared over, until Position Limit got untracked.

Now being confidently handled by Johnny Velazquez, Pletcher’s long-striding filly took the lead and drew off under intermittent handling, giving the sense that her ability, not the sealed wet conditions, was responsible for the victory.

Taking Position Limit to win at 8-5 or greater and keying her first and second in multiples with Alienation and Coax Liberty.

Running Totals: (707) 229-145-97 Total Dollar Return: $1,591.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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