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, July 24, 2010

Grade 1 Filly for a Grade 1 Race

Today’s feature at Saratoga Race Course is the transplanted Coaching Club American Oaks, run at a new distance of nine furlongs. Call it an Alabama prep. Either way, favorite Devil May Care (6-5) will be hell to pay.

Stretching out to her best distance, around a preferred second turn, and coming off a new pace top, she rates to run a lifetime best figure here. Her competition is strong but she’s proven Grade 1 classy and, after all, trainer Todd “wants his title back.”

Taking Devil May Care to win, no price restrictions, and making an exacta box with fresh, Black-Eyed Susan winner, Acting Happy (5-1).

Running Totals: (690) 221-141-96 Total Dollar Return: $1,547.70 [win selections only] {Friday results not included}

Written by John Pricci


Friday, July 23, 2010

Schuylerville Fillies Get Spa Off to Fast Start

For a detailed analysis of today's Schuylerville Stakes, see Saratoga Diary on HRI's lead page

Taking Stopspendingmaria to win at 2-1 or greater and an exacta box with Final Mesa.

Running Totals: (690) 221-141-96 Total Dollar Return: $1,547.70 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, July 17, 2010

Watch Out, Bogey at 5:17!

There’s an old saw on the racetrack that the place you lose it is the place you get it back. But sometimes, you get it then get it back again. That’s our goal in today’s Grade 3 Jaipur at 6 furlongs on the inner turf course.

The favorites here, Stradivinski (2-1) and Formidable (9-5) are, well, formidable.

Stradivinski has had more than enough recovery time from a lifetime top effort, which is the co-fastest turf-sprint figure in the race and goes first time for Rick Dutrow. But 5 furlongs seems to be his best game and he might meet some pace pressure in here.

The same can be said about Formidable. He, too, has posted fast turf sprint figures, but also at 5 furlongs and actually has run faster on dirt. He wants to be a pace factor, as does Stradivinski and Our Friend Harvey, who should also contribute lively fractions.

All this helps Yield Bogey (6-1), who has found his niche sprinting on turf. He’s a stretch-running sprinter and today’s conditions suit him very well. He was a sharp winner of his last under similar conditions and owns a sharp subsequent blowout for his return. The promise of fair odds makes him a tempting play here.

Taking Yield Bogey to win at 4-1 or greater and keying him first and second in the multiples with the speedy favorites.

Running Totals: (689) 221-140-96 Total Dollar Return: $1,547.70 [win selections only]

Note: Beginning Friday, July 23, the start of the 2010 Saratoga race meet, the Feature Race Analysis will appear every racing day, six days per week through Labor Day. Further, there will be the occasional bonus analysis on occasions when there is more than one featured event of general interest

Written by John Pricci


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