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.

Friday, June 04, 2010

Sound That Charge, Gabriel!

Interesting Friday feature, the storied Brooklyn Handicap, and the first half of the Brooklyn-Belmont double, each at 12 furlongs. Only at Belmont Park folks, only at Belmont. The good news and bad news is while both races have worthy favorites, by no means are they mortgage plays.

With enough time, I could make a case for half the field, maybe more, but we’ll concentrate instead on two: Gabriel’s Hill (6-1) and Eldaafer (9-2).

Eldaafer is easy to like. He won a prep for this spot nearly three weeks ago and has been pointing. How do I know? Because he won this race last year. And he loves it here. He’s 3-for-5 at Belmont, 5-for-5 in the money; looked sharp wearing blinkers last out and Jose Valdivia, who obviously gets along with him, takes the re-ride.

Gabriel’s Hill, meanwhile, is on the come. A late developer, his performance figures are improving, competitive with any horse in the group, Seth Benzel is 4-for-17 at the meet, and is bred to run 12 miles, never mind 12 furlongs. He’s the kind that will have a good chance to slip between the parimutuel cracks.

Taking Gabriel’s Hill to win at 5-1 or greater, and keying him in exacta boxing first and second with Eldaafer and the fast working Tiger’s Rock (7-2) for the white hot Todd Pletcher.

Running Totals: (661) 208-133-94 Total Dollar Return: $1,444.30 [win selections only] {Thursday results not included}

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, June 03, 2010

Fantastic Dantastic

Today’s feature at Belmont is another turf race, elders on the grass, a preliminary starter-allowances at 1-1/16th miles on the inner.

An interesting heat with several cases to be made. But it seems that the gelded old pro, Dantastic (2-1) just hits too hard and does so with too much consistency. These are not bad things.

The Schosberg horses have been running, Cornelio Velasquez is riding in good form and the clincher is that the 6-year-old is 3-for-12 on this course, at this distance, and is 1-for-22 doing anything else. He was a good third coming with a wide, late rally last out.

Taking Dantastic to win at 5-2 or greater and keying him first and second in multiples with the Dutrow entry (5-2), either/or, and Silver King (4-1), set for his best and from the white hot Goldberg-Dominguez team,
Running Totals: (661) 208-133-94 Total Dollar Return: $1,444.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, June 02, 2010

All In on Pocket Cowboys

Today’s Belmont Park feature is made more difficult by the fact that with all the rain yesterday, it’s hard to know whether this 10-furlong event will remain on turf or switched to the main track.

Either way, a wet turf course or dirt surface generally is speed favoring and so, over any ground, the improving four-year-old gelding Pocket Cowboys appears suited to the task. The fact he’s 15-1 on the early line is a bonus.

It’s worth noting that his best performance figures have come either on wet dirt or at today’s distance on grass, his most recent. Edgar Prado takes the return call and it’s interesting to note that his recent impressive grass score came at a distance which he is well suited by pedigree.

Taking Pocket Cowboys to win and place at 10-1 or greater.

Running Totals: (660) 208-132-94 Total Dollar Return: $1,444.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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