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.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

She’ll Be Battling All the Way, Really

Great race today at Gulfstream Park, the Grade 2 Forward Gal for filly three year olds at 7 furlongs and a big beautiful field it is, featuring the return of the juvenile filly champion, She Be Wild (3-1).

What’s not to like, right? Four for five lifetime, all in top company, but… She’s had nary one start on God’s dirt and clearly has bigger fish to fry. This is an Oaks filly, and that’s a long way down the road.

But it’s Wayne Catalano and she’s working well; could get it done on class alone. Still, she’s not for us, today.

Ailalea (4-1) really got good this fall, winning both starts after being asked to stretch out, earning highly competitive performance figures with the favorite and is, of course, a Todd Pletcher production.

Winner of the G3 Tempted after her key race maiden score, her future is going longer, too. She’ll be fit enough but how serious she will be is another matter. At an expected short price, we have no interest in finding out.

Bickersons (8-1) is clearly the most interesting here. After beating the rapid Hot Dixie Chick to the lead in the seven furlong Spinaway at Saratoga, finishing third, she did win her only other start at the distance on Hollywood Cushion Track, which is closer to dirt than other synthetics. And she did break maiden on dirt at Monmouth last summer.

She was a good third in the G1 Oak Leaf at Santa Anita and her race behind the favorite in the Juvenile Fillies was better than it looks on paper. Her outside post helps her in this spot, especially at the distance, and she’s been working bullets at Palm Meadows in preparation for Kelly Breen.

Taking Bickersons to win at 5-1 or greater and keying her first and second in the multiples with her two rivals here.

Running Totals: (585) 183-118-80 Total Dollar Return: $1,263.50 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, January 30, 2010

This Filly’s Not as Quick as She Is Fast

Rather than the five filly Correction in New York, we’ll attempt to throw deep in the 14-filly Manatee at Tampa Bay Downs for fillies and mares sprinting seven furlongs.

Nicely positioned outside, a winner at the distance, and working bullets for her return from a lay-up for an excellent return outfit, Satans Quick Chick (10-1) is very well suited by the speedy race shape here.

While not having experience on this tiring surface, she has had success on the tiring Polytrack at Keeneland, indeed winning the Grade 2 Raven Run last time out after overcoming a roughed start.

Strong finisher Leandro Goncalves takes the re-ride here, his winter home, and he won with three of his last seven rides for trainer Eric Reed. Half the early line odds look fair in this spot.

Taking newly turned four year old Satans Quick Chick to win and place at 5-1 or greater.

Running Totals: (584) 183-117-80 Total Dollar Return: $1,263.50 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, January 29, 2010

David’s Kingdom for a Horse

Interesting betting race, today’s New York feature, a second allowances optional claimer for state-breds going six furlongs.

There’s no shortage of speed or ralliers in this event that’s drawn a good-sized field, including a horse we’ve been waiting for since making its return on January 2. Here’s how my trip note reads on King David J (5-1):

“Used hard four wide throughout backstretch, then rated while racing wide on turn, pushed hard five wide into stretch, finished gamely between horses and was checked nearing the wire.

Now if you go back and look at his running lines, note that he won second start off the layup last year, today’s scenario, and did so on this surface. Linda Rice is 23% efficient with second off the layup starters and Rosie Napravnik takes the re-ride.

Taking King David J to win at 4-1 or greater and boxing him in the exacta with fast finishing Gold Vendetta (7-2).

Running Totals: (583) 182-117-80 Total Dollar Return: $1,253.50 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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