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, September 23, 2017


Locking In a Cotillion Upset


I tried without success to get Bill Mott to upset the Alabama. The Hall of Famer did, but with Lockdown's uncoupled mate, Elate.

We're going back to the well with Lockdown (8-1) in Parx's G1 Cotillion. This girl had a difficult trip in the storied Saratoga mile and a quarter, racing against the grain of the race shape before ultimately tiring.

The turnback to her best distance should help here, she draws the pole in a big field, save ground throughout, and kick when ready. She loses Jose Ortiz to injury, but Luis Saez rides with a good blend of aggression and finishing power.

The filly has 11 rivals to beat, including divisional leading Abel Tasman (8-5), hampered by her wide draw.

Taking Lockdown to win at 6-1 or greater and key-boxing exactas with the Bob Baffert-trained favorite and luck-challenged Salty (5-1).

*****

Number of Selections since 2007: 2367

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 705-470

Amount Wagered: $4,734 [$2 to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $4,804.20

Exacta Finishes All Selections since 2007: .497%

Profit to Date: $70.20 (Thursday & Friday results not included}


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Friday, September 22, 2017


Small but Very Contentious Belmont Turf Scramble


In today's Belmont turf featured sprint for fillies and mares--as long as there's no interference from Maria--the choice appears to be between the Shug entrant, the ubiquitous Chad Brown, and Chris Clement's uncoupled pair. We're choosing the latter

Of those Clement's two girls, the spot seems more appropriate for Portmagee (2-1) than barn mate Stormy Maria who is, coming off a longer break and seemingly prepping for better.

'Magee' simply loves this course and distance her tactical speed should insure she'll be right in this from the jump while saving ground on her major rivals.

Taking Portmagee to win on turf only, no price restrictions, and key-boxing exactas with fast working Ancient Secret (3-1) and nicely drawn All in Fun (5-2).

*****

Number of Selections since 2007: 2367

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 705-470

Amount Wagered: $4,734 [$2 to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $4,804.20

Exacta Finishes All Selections since 2007: .497%

Profit to Date: $70.20 (Thursday results not included}


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Thursday, September 21, 2017


Solid Favorite in Belmont Sprint Feature


It's difficult to get passed the early line favorite in today's optional/allowance sprint at Belmont. Ostrolenka (2-1) has held his form very well since transferring to the Jacobson barn, live since its return to Belmont.

The veteran sprinter has the figures to contend strongly, is nicely drawn towards the outside in a small field, and there's enough speed on paper to set the table for his late run. Jersey Joe really gets along with this guy.

Taking Ostrolenka to win, no price restrictions, and exacta key boxes with Alex the Terror (8-1) and Angry Moon (4-1).

*****

Number of Selections since 2007: 2367

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 705-470

Amount Wagered: $4,734 [$2 to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $4,804.20

Exacta Finishes All Selections since 2007: .497%

Profit to Date: $70.20


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