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.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Preach To Me… Anna

Live Racing Cancelled at Belmont Park Thursday Due to Extreme Heat

Today’s featured seventh race for fillies and mares going 7 furlongs on turf is interesting and wide open. On our first pass we left six fillies open, narrowed it down to down, then land on one. And it was tough deciding between Preach Tome Daddy (5-1) and Anna Sophia (7-2).

Both come out of efforts where their styles were compromised each being used on an early lead when it was patience that was called for. ‘Preach’ was used on the pace but succumbed to the pressure; not unexpected while she was ambitiously spotted at the Grade 2 level. She’s come back to work very strongly for the live Kimmel shed.

But it’s ‘Anna’ we’ll take by virtue of the fact that she, too, was used hard early in a stakes—not graded but on a tougher course to negotiate and doing so well set strong, pressured fractions.

She’s worked twice for her local return for Mott but unfortunately loses Johnny V. to injury. We expect the Hall of Famer to cover this when giving pre-race instructions to whichever rider draws the assignment.

Taking Anna Sophia to win at 3-1 or greater, an exacta box with Preach Tome Daddy, and using Sounds Of The City (8-1), Ciguaraya (3-1), Considerate (6-1), Mystic City (5-1) and Decennial (15-1) to the super-exotic mix.

Running Totals: (1100) 339-214-165 Total Dollar Return: $2,328.30

Written by John Pricci


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