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, May 31, 2012


Imagine There’s a Winner, It’s Easy If You Try


Today is the first feature race of the week at Belmont Park and I find myself in the unenviable position of taking what they appear to be giving me. Or, to put it another way, if it’s not Imagining (7-5) then I have no clue what other horse it could be.

There are horses that are just as fast on the Equiform scale, but in this Shug McGaughey trained Giant’s Causeway colt we find a runner making its 4-year-old debut for a top layoff barn and one that ran as fast as many of these at 3 than most have as older runners.

The colt has worked sharply this spring and is getting huge class relief, dropping out of Grade 1 company into the preliminary allowance level with Shug tapping Johnny V. for the assignment. His only lifetime win came on this ground. He’s obvious, in more ways than one.

Taking Imagining to win, no price restrictions, and key boxing him in exactas with sharp working returnee Fizzano (5-1) and impressive debut winner Coexist (12-1).

Running Totals: (1086) 334-211-164 Total Dollar Return: $2,297.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci



 
 

Monday, May 28, 2012


From Memory, It’s To Honor And Serve


For an Analysis of Today's Met Mile and $500 Guaranteed Pick 4, see Pricci Morning Line on home page

Per custom, we will go on record with our top selection in our daily tabulations; To Honor And Serve to win the Metropolitan Handicap at 2-1 or greater and an exacta box with Caleb's Posse.

Running Totals: (1085) 334-211-163 Total Dollar Return: $2,297.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci



 
 

Sunday, May 27, 2012


Shall We Play a Game?


The New York-bred program certainly can be proud of the turf specialists that showed up in today’s featured seventh race from Belmont Park.

Half of the 10 horses entered overnight have an excellent chance here, from the rail out: Lubash (6-1), who earned an excellent figure in this race last year; Pocket Cowboys (10-1), who’s earned his best Equiform figures on this surface in his career.

The third major contender is Street Game, freshened since a competitive figure open class mile at Gulfstream March 31 and the fourth is Mr. Vegas (5-2), who returns with good spacing and gets class relief, dropping out of open graded stakes.

Finally, the favorite, the redoubtable state-bred turf champion Compliance Officer (2-1), who raced once at Fair Grounds this winter, a good figure effort, now returns for a go at his fellow New Yorkers.

The problem with Compliance Officer is the six month layoff combined with highweight of 123 pounds, whereby he spots his rivals anywhere from three to seven pounds. It makes sense to try to beat him given today’s scenario.

The horse most likely to deliver a top effort is Street Game (4-1), whose best figures have come at today’s distance. Further, his lifetime best was at 8 furlongs on this course on off going last year, showing laudable versatility.

Taking Street Game to win at 7-2 or greater and key-boxing him first and second in multiples with the rivals listed here.

Running Totals: (1084) 334-211-162 Total Dollar Return: $2,297.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci



 
 

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