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 28, 2012

Graded Doubleheader at the Spa

Two features at Saratoga this afternoon, both graded: the G1 Diana and G2 Jim Dandy.

It's doubtful the group will allow Tapitsfly another extremely soft pace and the bias here is not as strong. Winter Memories (9-5) is just a wonderful filly and rates the call. Taking Winter Memories to win the Diana, no price restrictions, and key boxing her first and second in exotics with Hungry Island (5-1) and Zagora (5-2).

Many of the eight horses in the Jim Dandy are on the come, such as Teeth of the Dog (5-1) and, finally, Liaison (7-2). But we're taking the returning Alpha (5-2), the accomplished pole sitter reunting with Ramon. No price restrictions on Alpha to win, but keying him first and second in exactas with his two main rivals here.

Running Totals: (1125) 345-218-169 Total Dollar Return: $2,373.20 [win selections only

Written by John Pricci


Friday, July 27, 2012

Take Two Johns and Get Lucky

The second season for racing's glamour division in New York, the three-year-olds, begins in earnest this afternoon with the Curlin Stakes. If the race keeps drawing field's such as today's, it might be graded by as early as next year.

There are four or five with a license to win this but most of the money, including ours, will go on the two favorites. Since Ever So Lucky (3-1) has a bit more to prove than Street Life (5-2), that's the way we're going.

Ever So Lucky was well regarded even before he made his first start and justfied that confidence in both of his starts last fall at Churchill Downs. But some niggling injuries this winter in Florida compromised his training and after a very poor effor in the G1 Blue Grass on Polytrack, the Sheppard trainee went to the sidelines and emrged at Delaware Park recently where he blew the door off some allowances types.

Following that, he shipped into Saratoga and blazed five furlongs over the main track in 59-and-change for this, termed breezing, and Long John turns the reins over to soon-to-be Hall of Fame John. Velazquez won his first race of the meet yesterday with Artest in the Quick Call Stakes. It appears horse and rider and ready for this serious test against a rival than raced every well when third in the Peter Pan and fourth in the Belmont.

Taking Ever So Lucky to win, no price restrictions, boxing him in the exacta with Street Life, and adding Easter Gift (7-2), Politicallycorrect (8-1) and Love To Run (12-1) to the super-exotic mix.

Running Totals: (1124) 345-218-168 Total Dollar Return: $2,373.20 [win selections onl

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Stall Barn Full of Live Runners

Today’s Saratoga feature, the Quick Call for 3-year-old turf sprinters, sure came up contentious—like most of the races have been at Saratoga thus far.

We’re partial to four of the 10 entrants but have whittled it down to two for the top prize; the favorites Manly (3-1) and Full (7-2).

Manly has improved dramatically since the Ramsey-Maker claim, which comes as a surprise to absolutely no one. He jumped up significantly winning his Churchill finale over elders and will try to stretch that speed another sixteenth.

Full is in the same boat, minus the trainer change and minus an inside post, not necessarily an advantage in these turf sprints at Saratoga. And in Al Stall, he has a horseman that always comes in here firing on all cylinders: Witness Cease yesterday.

Taking Full to win at 2-1 or greater, an exacta box with Manly, and adding Artest (10-1) and Gentlemans Code to the super-exotic mix.

Running Totals: (1123) 345-218-168 Total Dollar Return: $2,373.20 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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