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, March 05, 2014

Better Late Than Never?  NO

This was posted too late to do anyone any good--or harm---after post time. Very sorry for the false start. Thursday's will be posted in a timely fashion; promise. Wow! Might be my first missed deadline ever!

Today’s Gulfstream feature is a N2X optional claimer going 7-1/2 furlongs on the turf. Band of Joy (4-1) is a solid contender based on the face he’s a neck loss away from going 2-for-2 since being transferred to the Pletcher barn.

The presence of Castellano again is another plus, but the stretchout is a bit problematical.

Speaking of problematical, that would be Banzai Charge (8-1) who, at 5, is making only his fourth career start here, obviously with issues.

But when he runs he shows up (3) 2-1-0, he won at this hybrid distance earning an excellent figure, returns with good spacing and two very good works with Paco re-riding for Iadesernia. The possibility of
decent value is definitely worth the risk.

Taking Banzai Charge to win at 4-1 or greater and an exacta box with Band of Joy.

Number of Selections since May, 2007: 1485

Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 453-282-228

Amount Wagered: $2,972 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,093.20

Profit to Date: $121.20

Written by John Pricci


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